The fifth annual CLEVELAND BEER WEEK will take place from October 18-26, 2013, and will feature hundreds of craft beer tastings, dinners, demonstrations, leisure activities, educational programs, and specials at bars, restaurants, and grocers throughout Cuyahoga County. Established in 2009 as the first event of its kind in northeast Ohio, CLEVELAND BEER WEEK is a not-for-profit, collaborative celebration that raises awareness of the strong craft beer industry while promoting patronage at local establishments and energizing the region’s retail economy.
Building on the success of last year’s CLEVELAND BEER WEEK, organizers are planning events now for 2013. As events are finalized, postings will continue daily and through October 18. The bulk of events will post from August-October. Visitors to the website may search events by date, venue, brewery, or neighborhood, and select events of interest to create their own personal itinerary. Of particular note are the following flagship events:
On Friday, October 18 from 7-10 pm, CLEVELAND BEER WEEK will open with "Collaboration Kickoffs" throughout Cleveland neighborhoods. The official opening ceremony and keg tapping, the Crawls will feature 5 retail locations per neighborhood who each will be pouring collaboration beers specially brewed by NEO breweries for Cleveland Beer Week. Proceeds benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund. For tickets, visit the SHOP page of this website.
Stay tuned for details about the "Liquid Hunt" that will take place on Saturday, October 19 from 5-9 p.m.
On Sunday, October 20 from 2-4 and 6-8 (two sessions), "Culture Yourself: A Premier Beer and Cheese Pairing" will take place at Great Lakes Brewing Company's tasting room. A day of obsessive beer and cheese pairings, featuring brews from 14 top breweries and artisinal cheeses from renowned creameries. Meet the brewers and cheesemakers themselves and discover your favorite beer and cheese pairings. Sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company, Heinen's, Bells Brewery and Culture Magazine. All proceeds benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund. $35/person includes 25 two-ounce beer samples and cheese pairings. For tickets, visit the SHOP page of this website.
On Friday, October 25, Heidelberg Distributing will host “Ales on Rails” from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Departing from the Rockside Station (7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence 44131), this delightful ride includes a boxed supper and brews from some of the country's best craft breweries. Advance tickets are required and prices range from $45-80 based on train car selection. All proceeds benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund. For tickets, visit the SHOP page of this website.
On Saturday, October 26, CLEVELAND BEER WEEK will conclude with "BREWzilla: a monster of a beer tasting" at the Galleria at Erieview in downtown Cleveland. BREWzilla will feature more than 70 breweries, a special “Ohio Brewery” area with various beers from local breweries, and appetizers that pair well with craft brews. For tickets, visit the SHOP page of this website.