Cleveland Winter Beerfest coming soon!

Get your tickets now for the 3rd Annual CLEVELAND WINTER BEERFEST at the Cleveland Convention center. They bill themselves as the “Biggest Craft Beer Party of Winter!”  This year, they will have over 350 Craft Beers and expect to cross the 10,000 attendee mark.   Make your plans today and get your tickets now. (

More Beers!

They’re projecting 350+, but you know how that works…they’ll probably end up with a lot more.   Including 8-12 Gluten Free selections and 10-14 Hard Ciders. Beers from brand new breweries, your local favorites and some not available in all of Ohio.  And don’t forget that they’ve expanded their popular Connoisseurs Receptions.  These tickets offer appetizer “bites” from local restaurants paired with a brewery’s rare or hard to find beer.  These popular tickets always sell out, so buy yours today.
Early Admission!
Go for the Early Admission tickets to get an extra hour of sampling, and get first dibs on all of the special VIP beers that will be first tapped during that hour.
Supporting Local Breweries & Organizations
The Festival Policy is to purchase every ounce of beer and not ask for donations from breweries.  This lets us pick any great beer available, and it supports these often small businesses.  They are also happy to support the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. Who doesn’t love Ohio Brew!   Proceeds benefit the Music Education Society and other area non-profit organizations that volunteer in return for a donation to their cause. !

Ohio Breweries win 10 medals at the GABF

Okay… so it’s old news… it happened two weeks ago, but I’ve been traveling. Here’s the scoop on the medal winners if you haven’t already seen it. GABF Ohio Winners

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