Erie Street Market to host Glass City Beer FestWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | email@example.com
Two agencies have brewed up a sudsy alternative for beer drinkers whose palate can’t be satisfied by the watered-down taste of most mass-produced lagers.
On March 7, the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and The Arc of Lucas County are pairing up to host the second annual Glass City Beer Fest at the Erie Street Market. In addition to being a beer tasting, the 5 to 11 p.m. event also serves as a fundraiser for the two agencies.
Organizers are hoping the Beer Fest builds on the successful foundation of last year’s inaugural event. Carla Wells, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, said more than 800 people attended. This year, she’s hoping to reach the 1,000 mark.
“The best part was that the breweries were all very excited, and were lined up ready to go well before we were ready to plan for this year’s event,” Wells said.
At least 25 breweries from around the region and nation will be represented at this year’s Beer Fest, pouring some 75 beers. Many of the regional brewers will have representatives on hand to discuss refreshing topics such as exactly how many hops go into each batch of their India Pale Ale or how they get that seasonal ale such a glorious shade of amber.
Those with representatives scheduled to be in attendance are: Toledo’s own Maumee Bay Brewing; Barrelhouse Brewing, Cincinnati; Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Founder’s Brewing, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago; Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland; Hoppin Frog Brewery, Akron, Ohio; Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Dexter, Mich.; New Holland Brewing, Holland, Mich.; Cincinnati’s Samuel Adams brewery; The Brew Kettle, Strongsville, Ohio; and Thirsty Dog Brewing, Independence, Ohio.
In case tasters have trouble remembering each beer sampled, scorecards will be available for them to jot down where each beer ranks on a scale of one to five (one is a “spit;” five is a “chug”).
Kay Bennett, executive director of The Arc, said the event gives Toledoans a unique chance to expand their horizon of adult beverages.
“It’s an opportunity to come and taste some wonderful beers that you may not have realized exist,” Bennett said, noting that all of the beers are available at both The Anderson’s and Joseph’s Beverage Center.
Wells said anticipation for the 2008 version of the Beer Fest is high.
“We’ve been getting phone calls since fall asking when the event is,” she said.
Because the event is a fundraiser, Wells said the Glass City Beer Fest is not the typical gathering of rowdy beer drinkers.
“It’s more in the avenue of a wine tasting,” she said before slightly reconsidering the statement. “Well, it’s more lively than a wine tasting,” she said, thinking back to the inaugural event. “It was lively, but it wasn’t a drunk fest.”
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door ($20 for military members, police and firefighters). Tickets include 12 three-ounce pours, with additional pours costing $1. Advance tickets can be purchased through Monday by calling 419) 724-BREW or through Tuesday by stopping by the customer service desks of any of The Anderson’s Retail Stores.
Food will be available for purchase from Marco’s Pizza and City Barbeque. Musical entertainment will be provided by 56Daze. Anderson’s and Clear Channel are presenting sponsors of the 2008 Glass City Beer Fest.
For more than 30 years, the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation has met the needs of individuals and families in a 22-county area impacted by bleeding disorders. The organization provides family networking activities, trips to camp for both youths and adults, a family crisis fund and educational programs and workshops.
The Arc of Lucas County is a nonprofit association made up of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens and professionals in the disability field. The agency provides support and education for families affected by developmental disabilities, and advocates for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals with such disabilities.