October 9th, 2015 is an important date to circle on any craft beer lover’s calendar, but especially those in Northeast Ohio. This Friday is the 39th anniversary of the official incorporation of the New Albion Brewing Company, and it’s the kickoff to the seventh annual Cleveland Beer Week! (Upon further review, the exact date was Oct. 8th…but we are celebrating all around!)
This year’s week of beer nirvana features over 350 keg tapping and beer sipping events throughout greater Cleveland. There are samplings, dinners, educational programs and much more. Who knew, when Jack McAuliffe founded his little brewery in Northern California all those years ago, that the country would see the rise of over 4,000 similar operations less than 40 years later–and craft beer weeks and festivals sprouting up all over the country!
Established back in 2009, Cleveland’s Beer Week is a not-for-profit celebration that raises awareness of the craft beer industry and promotes patronage at local establishments, from East side to West and even in outlying counties. Proceeds from all of the flagship events benefit the Jimmy Malone Scholarship Fund. It’s one of the biggest Beer Week celebrations in the whole U.S.–only Philadelphia and San Francisco’s boast more events.
The Friday Kickoff Collaboration events take place in neighborhoods across the region, from downtown to the hot new East Bank of the Flats, to Ohio City and Tremont, and out to Lakewood to the West and Willoughby in the East. Of course Cleveland Beer Week actually goes more than a full week, ending with events on Sunday, October 18th.
For many people, the not-to-miss event is Brewzilla, A Monster of a Beer Tasting, on Saturday, Oct. 17th–with over 80 breweries from Ohio and beyond participating– being held at The Wolstein Center on the Cleveland State University campus downtown. Regular admission has been reduced to $40, but this year food is not included; it can be purchased on your own. A $75 Brewer’s Circle ticket includes food, early admission at 5 p.m. and a t-shirt.
If you’re interested in craft beer history, I’ll be pouring New Albion Ale and telling the story of its founding on Friday, Oct. 16th from 6-8 p.m. at Chuck’s Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls. Also participating in this local beer event is Lucky Owl Brewing, Chagrin Brewing and Platform Beer. $20 per person, includes beer, food and fun! RSVP with credit card:440.247.7534.
Thanks to organizers of Cleveland Beer Week, I have two regular admission tickets to Brewzilla to give away (and in exchange for this promotion, I’ve been given two tickets as well). Just comment on this blog post to be thrown in the hopper, I will draw on Monday, Oct. 12th. And for an extra entry, be sure to Tweet: “I want to win two free tickets to Brewzilla from the @BrewersDaughter!” with a link to this post. Or, you can always buy your tickets online here: http://www.clevelandbeerweek.org/TicketsMerch
Hope to see you there for the ultimate celebration of craft beer and all that Jack built! Cheers~
10/12/15 UPDATE: Congratulations to my winner Stacy!