Who knew Cleveland has a Beer Week? After a successful few years, the word is getting out. The week long celebration of craft brewing pairs up local restaurants, bars and grocers with some of the best craft brewers in the city and the nation.
Beer Week 2012 takes places October 19-27th, throughout the greater Cleveland area. What is it exactly? Its a series of events distributed across the city focused on drinking really good beer in great local places, culminating in BREWzilla, an epic beer tasting event at the Galleria.
“Collaboration Kickoffs” start out Beer Week in 5 different neighborhoods: Coventry, Ohio City, Tremont, Lakewood and E.4th. In each neighborhood there will be 5 restaurants/bars that will serving “collaboration beers” brewed from local breweries especially for the event. Each of the small batch, very limited quantity brews will be crafted by two or more local brewers working together. For example, Great Lakes Brewing will be collaborating with Cellar Rats of Madison, OH to produce “Wet-Hopped Pale Ale”. There are six such brews that will be available during the kickoff. Tickets ($25) are required to participate, but you do get a free t-shirt.
There are about a dozen more events throughout the week all over the Cleveland area. Some restaurants will be serving unique craft brews, offering specials on food/beer pairings or offering free glassware.
Beer Week continues with a Magic Hat scavenger hunt, the “Ales on Rails” Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad event, and ends with the BREWzilla monster beer tasting. More then 70 microbreweries will be on hand to offer samples of their beer to go along with appetizers from the Winking Lizard. Tickets for all events are available at clevelandbeerweek.org
Northeast Ohio is becoming nationally recognized as a craft brewing center. GQ magazine recently nick-named Cleveland “The Old-School Beertown” and rated it one of the top 5 best beer cities in America. Ohio city is now home to 3 breweries with a possible 4th on the way.
Cleveland’s Growing Microbrew District