One of my favorite Cleveland breweries is joining forces with the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland to help feed families in need in Cuyahoga County. On Saturday, Sept. 20th, the first-ever Brew-B-Q will be held on Whiskey Island, presented by Great Lakes Brewing Company, as 15 local grillmasters compete for the title of People’s Choice and Grand BBQ Champion. You’ll even find a cornhole tournament! The event has it all: food, fun, great beer, and a chance to help others.
Proceeds will help raise funds and awareness for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Every dollar raised will provide 4 meals for those in need–now that’s a deal! There will be specialty brews from GLBC and 50 West Brewing. You’ll also enjoy local bands like the Spazmatics and The Jimmy Jack band. Celebrity judges include Je’rod Cherry, ESPN personality & Super Bowl Champion, comedian Mike Polk Jr. and Bill Squire of the Alan Cox Show. Two-to-three thousand people are expected, and you’re invited!
The event takes place on Saturday, September 20th from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM at the Lakefront on Whiskey Island. Coming up this Thursday, Sept. 11th, Great Lakes Brewing is hosting a Happy Hour pre-ticket sale. Stop by the brewpub in Ohio City to get your tickets, or buy them online right here, they’re only $10 between now and Sept. 12th: Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q tickets.
Or, you can enter to win tickets on my blog. (Disclaimer: I was offered tickets for myself and a pair of tickets to giveaway for promoting this event.)
To enter: leave a comment here on my blog telling me why you’d like to win. For an additional entry, head to Twitter, and tweet:
“I’d like to win tickets to @HungerNetworkGC Brew-B-Q from the @BrewersDaughter!” I’ll draw a random winner on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at noon.
Cheers to helping others in our community!
EVENT REVIEW: It was a gorgeous day on Whiskey Island for the Brew-B-Q. My husband Paul and I got there around 5 p.m. The brew was provided by sponsor Great Lakes Brewing Co. and 50 West Brewing out of Cincinnati. If you came for the beer specifically, you might have been a little disappointed that there were no other vendors, but the offerings were good. We especially enjoyed trying the beer from 50 West’s beer bus, since we had never had their brews before. The Russian Imperial Stout was killer, and the IPA was floral and delicious. Lines got somewhat long, but moved quickly.
The barbecue trucks and vendors were varied, though some had run out of a few items by the time we arrived (and the event was slated to go until at least 10 p.m.). We tried a variety, and were pleased with everything, from the spicy bbq fish taco to pulled pork and ribs. The Jimmy Jack Band was on stage while we ate and drank, getting the crowd going. We sat and watched folks enjoying the waterfront, and even sand volleyball and corn hole. It was a picture perfect NE Ohio end-of-summer celebration. Would love to see this event come back next year even bigger and better!