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Fifth Annual Winter Warmer Fest

Winter Warmer Fest

Winter Warmer Fest

March 5 – get your tickets now!

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Pick the winner and win - National IPA Championship

It’s that time of year again… for the annual Brewing News National IPA Championships. If you remember, last year it was won by our own Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon. For more info: click here.

Update: Two Ohio brews: Hoppin’ Frog’s Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA and Buckeye’s Cleveland IPA have advanced to the third round which will be held on March 2. Congrats and good luck!

Update #2: Both Ohio brews lost in the third round. The final winner of the competition this year was Lawson’s Finest Liquids Triple Play IPA from the Sugarhouse Brewery in Warren, Vermont. Others in the Final Four were Organic Hopworks IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery, Dirty Dog IPA from Big Dog’s Brewing Co., and Ithaca Brewing’s Flower Power IPA.

International Beer Fest in May!

Cleveland International Beer Fest

Cleveland International Beer Fest

Billed as the the largest showcase and competition of world beers in the Midwest, it’s coming to the IX Center in Cleveland on May 13-14, 2011.

You will find upwards of 800 beers from 200 breweries all under one roof. The event will feature three public tasting sessions with 200 stellar breweries from around the world pouring upwards of 800 select beers – tickets are on sale now at www.ixbeerfest.com.

“It is a natural fit that Cleveland and the I-X Center host a beer showcase and competition of this caliber,” notes Bob Peterson, President, I-X Center. “With more than 45 active breweries in the state and a consistent top 10 rank nationally in terms of consumption, Ohioans know, respect and support the beer industry. As an exposition center with a proven track record of success, the I-X Center is thrilled to produce an event of this magnitude highlighting local, national and international beers and breweries.”

International Beer Fest will feature appearances by celebrity brewers, authors and personalities sharing enlightening industry insights on the Main Stage. From discussions to demonstrations, beer experts will also appear on other stages throughout the show to share how they have shaped the industry and to meet patrons during autograph sessions. (Special appearance schedule is forthcoming.)

International Beer Fest Features:

· Educational programming abounds at “Brew U”, where beer-centric demonstrations and discussions will highlight trends in home brewing, regional developments and green brewing.

· Tasting room offers seminars on food and beer pairings identifying beer flavors and more.

· Exhibitors specializing in beer-related products will showcase and offer their wares available for purchase.

· A convenient Store will feature apparel and keepsakes from featured breweries. All features are included with ticket purchase.

Patrons keenly interested in exceptional beers can also choose to purchase a VIP exBEERience ticket which includes all of the Fest Features above, PLUS access to the VIP Brewers Lounge to enjoy exclusive tappings of rare and/or limited edition beers along with additional exclusive programming. Tickets are on sale now at www.ixbeerfest.com

Session 1 — Friday, May 13 from 7-11 p.m

Session 2 — Saturday, May 14 from 1-5 p.m

Session 3 — Saturday, May 14 from 7-11 p.m.

PRICING:

$45 Single-Session General Admission Ticket (Session 1, 2, OR 3)

$120 All-Session General Admission Pass (Includes ALL Sessions)

$75 Single-Session VIP exBEERience Ticket (Session 1, 2 OR 3)

$200 All-Session VIP exBEERience Pass (Includes ALL Sessions)

To maximize the VIP exBEERience, only a limited number of tickets are available.

$20 Single Session Designated Driver Ticket (Session 1, 2, OR 3; excludes alcohol samplings)

The General Admission Ticket includes:

Admission to selected session(s), Commemorative tasting cup Unlimited tastings, access to all public special appearances, demonstrations and educational programming, and festival program.

VIP exBEERience Ticket includes all benefits of the General Admission Ticket PLUS:

Commemorative T-Shirt,

Limited edition credential badge,

Unlimited access to VIP Brewers Lounge to enjoy exclusive tappings of rare and/or limited edition beers,

Additional programming and opportunity to meet and mingle with prominent Brewers, and

Complimentary hor d’oeurves and food pairings.

The International Beer Fest is held at the I-X Center at One I-X Center Drive in Cleveland, Ohio on Route 237, adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. It is easily accessible from I-480, I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike. FMI: 216.265.7468 or www.ixbeerfest.com

New Brewery/pub/cafe/used bookstore in Oxford

Oxford, home to Miami University in southwest Ohio has recently gotten a new, unique business in town. Open just a few weeks, the Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub is a combination microbrewery, pub, used bookstore, coffee shop, and restaurant. Judging from reviews I’ve read and facebook comments, it is quite a hit with locals. They have not yet served any of their own beer, but apparently have a good selection of beer while theirs is on the way. By the time I visit in early December, they should have their own beers on tap.

It’s located at 107 East Church Street in Oxford, and is open at 7 am six days a week. They are closed on Sundays. Phone: (513) 523-2525

UPDATE: Visited on Dec 6. They indeed have brewed their own beers, but didn’t have any left.  As they only brew 1/4 bbl at a time, it doesn’t last long. They also were out of Stone Brewing’s Lucky Bastard! Ended up with a Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter and Bell’s Winter White and a roasted veggie Lavash, which is kind of like a pizza on a thin cracker bread–very good!

New Brew-on-Premise in Kirtland!

Little Mountain Brewing Co in Kirtland, Ohio has recently opened its doors with six kettles for you to brew your own beer.  For complete story, click here.

Bob Weber, Little Mountain Brewing Co. owner

Bob Weber, Little Mountain Brewing Co. owner

New Event! Winter Wine & Ale Fest!

Too lazy to write this twice…. go here for complete information. But it’s Saturday after turkey day…  Nov 27, from 8 pm to Midnight.

Weekend beer events!

This coming weekend has two events for beer lovers. On Friday night is the 13th Annual Microbrew Extravaganza at Massimo de Milano in Ohio City (1440 W 25th St).  This is a fun event, with a catered dinner, live music by Punch the Clown, and, of course, lots of beer tasting.  This year the participating breweries include: The Brew Kettle, Buckeye Brewing Company, Cleveland Chop House and Brewery, Cornerstone Brewing Company, Fat Head’s Brewery & Salooon, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Indigo Imp Brewery, Rocky River Brewing Company, Thirsty Dog Brewery, and Willoughby Brewing Company.

This is a fund raising event for the Cleveland Free Clinic, and tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door.  I’ve attended this event in the past, and can say you will get your money’s worth in food, beer, and entertainment. I’d suggest also getting a few raffle tickets, as I’ve won some great prizes there in the past. For tickets go to www.thefreeclinic.org.

Don’t drink too much, though, because you not only need to drive home, you need to be ready for Saturday’s big beer tasting event in Akron. This is a First Annual beer tasting event to benefit the Springfield Township Area Chamber of Commerce.  The event begins at noon and runs till 5 pm at Chenoweth Banquet Hall, 3087 Chenoweth Rd, Akron OH 44312  330-644-0058.

Cost of the event is $25 ($20 for Chamber members) and includes  admission and tasting glass plus 20 tastes.  Participating breweries include: Thirsty Dog, Hoppin’ Frog, Brew Kettle, Ohio Brewing, Black Box and Indigo Imp. There will be food selections to purchase the day of the event.

For tickets, contact Jerry Michael, Vice-Chairman, Springfield Township Area Chamber of Commerce at 330-696-9351.

You will notice a slight difference in participating breweries so you really need to go to both!

BREW Kettle sweeps the Fat Head's IPA festival!

BREW Kettle’s Jack Kephart won the medal for the best IPA, the best imperial IPA, and the grand champion of the festival was the White Rajah IPA! Full story here.Jack

Hops on the Ohio

This has got to be one of the most unique beer festival venues ever. And do you want to be at the first tapping in the NATION for Stone’s Vertical Epic 10.10.10? Check this out:  Hops on the Ohiohops-image

Ohio wins 6 medals at GABF!

GABF 2010Ohio wins 6 medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Winners were announced this afternoon at the “members only” session. The awards were also announced live on a web cast. Winners were:

Hoppin’ Frog won the gold medal in the field style category for their Frog Hollow Double Pumpkin ale.

Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA won a silver medal in the American Style India Pale Ale Category, out of 142 entries. the largest category the the Great American Beer Festival.

BREWKettle won a silver medal for their Red Eye PA in the Imerial Red Ale category, out of 43 entries, and a bronze medal for their Jack Hammer Barleywine! This is a first GABF medal ever for BREWKettle and they were the only Ohio brewery to win two medals!

Columbus Brewing Co won the bronze medal out of 24 entries in the Kellerbier/Zwickelbier category, for their Summer Teeth.

And last, but certainly not least, Jay Wince of Weasel Boy Brewing in Zanesville won a bronze for their Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout, out of 76 entries in the imperial stout category. This also is a first for Weasel Boy!

Congratulations all!