June 13th – World Beer Festival Cleveland

Four festivals in one! Ohio Brewers, World Beer, Cask Ale, and Belgian beer. Don’t miss it. For more info.. click here

How are you celebrating American Craft Beer Week?


American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) began yesterday, May 11. Beer lovers everywhere are celebrating the country’s small and independent craft brewery renaissance. Events and celebrations will be held in all 50 states. While this is a toast to the entire country, it’s also a time to think about each individual state and their commitment to craft brewing. New this year, has created an infographic with fun facts to do just that. There is also an interactive map that shows events in each state. Click here for the map.





Starkbier fest this coming weekend

Starkbier fest is back to celebrate the breweries of Cincinnati and strong beer! The festival takes place at Listermann Brewing Company (1621 Dana Ave.) April 24th 5 pm to 12 AM and April 25th Noon to 11 PM. Stark is German for strong so there will be quite a few strong beers on tap, mixed in with lower ABV brews. There is no cost to attend Oktoberfest, just pay for whatever you eat and drink!

They are up to 19 breweries!!! 
The breweries involved are: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, Madtree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros, Rhinegeist, Triple Digit, Bad Tom Smith, Tap and Screw, Taft’s Ale House, Paradise, Old Firehouse, Ei8ht Ball and Listermann.
Listermann Brewing Company has teamed up with Cincideutsch, a Cincinnati non-profit, to host the event. They will be bringing an authentic German feel to the festival, as well as booths, banners and parades to talk about their club. The ceremonial keg tapping of the Listermann Oktoberfest Lager will be held at Saturday at 4 p.m.

Like the Volksfest and Oktoberfest Fest previously held at LBC, this event will be family and dog friendly. More info on the music and food vendors will be provided later. 

For special accommodations or questions, call Listermann’s at 513-731-1130 or email Jason at If you would like to volunteer, send an email to 


9th Annual Glass City Beer Fest – March 6

It’s Friday night from 7-11 pm at Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee. Tickets are $35 at the door ($55 for VIP). It promises over 200 beers and over 40 breweries including six from the Toledo area: Maumee Bay Brewing Co., Great Black Swamp Brewing Company, Black Cloister Brewing Company, Black Frog Brewery, Sugar Ridge Brewery and Flatrock Brewing Company. Black Cloister is set to open March 20th. Come get a preview of their beers! More details here.

Winter Warmer fest on Saturday May 7

It’s not too late to get your tickets. For more information, check out this article.winterwarmerfest

Hoppin’ Frog starts week-long celebration of best brewery and best beer in Ohio

From Fred Karm: “Hoppin’ Frog is very proud to announce Secondhand Radio will perform Monday March 2 in The Tasting Room from 7:30 to 9:30 pm!!  This will be a great performance from this popular, high-energy Rock-n-Roll band – AND a great way to start our week-long celebration of being rated Best Brewery and Best Beer In Ohio by!  Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us for great beer, food, and music – doors open at 5:00 pm, so get here early!  You can even use our new call-ahead seating feature here at The Tasting Room!!  Just call us at 234-525-3764 up to 1-hour before your arrival, and let us know what time you will arrive & how many are in your party.  We’ll put you on the list, and should be able to seat you quickly once you arrive!  You can check-out Secondhand Radio, at  I hope to see you here for this great performance, and to join in our celebration all week!!”

Ohio brewers among nation’s best!

But then you already knew that, didn’t you? RateBeer’s latest top brewer list includes FIVE Ohio breweries. That’s a first! Details, click here.

Ohio Winners at GABF

Ohio Brew Week is almost here…

July 11th to the 19th will be the ninth annual Ohio Brew Week in Athens. It is a week long celebration of Ohio craft beer held at venues all around town including tastings, tap-takeovers, dinners, pairing, speeches, demonstrations and even a homebrew competition. It kicks off at 5 pm this Friday. Bigger than ever this year with over 40 Ohio Breweries participating, some for the first time ever. Check out the entire schedule of events at Ohio Brew Week Schedule.

National IPA and Imperial IPA Championships in full swing.

Sponsored by the Brewing News, the NIPAC and NI-IPAC championships are in full swing, and at the end of the fourth round, three Ohio breweries are still represented.  Here’s how they fared in the fourth round:

BREW Kettle Production Works:

El Lupulo Libr - advancing to fifth round

Fat Heads Brewery

IBUsive - advancing to fifth round

Hop Juju - advancing to fifth round

Great Lakes Brewing

Chillwave Double IPA - advancing to fifth round

Congratulations to Great Lakes, Fat Head’s and BREW Kettle and good luck in the next round, which will be held Sunday, March 16th.  Stay tuned.