Beer Fest to raise funds for local charitiesWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
While not everyone there may know your name, there’s sure to be plenty of “Cheers!” toasts March 6 at the Erie Street Market.
The third annual Glass City Beer Fest serves as a fundraiser for both the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and The Arc of Lucas County. The event is making a name for itself as the place to be for beer drinkers demanding a wider variety of suds.
Breweries scheduled to have their brewers or staff members at the Beer Fest include Barrelhouse, Bell’s, Granite City, Goose Island, Great Lakes Brewing Co., Dogfish Head, Maumee Bay, New Holland, Boston Beer Company, Two Brothers, Warbird and Stone Brewing. In addition, a number of beer distributors will be at the event to talk about the nearly 100 brands from about 30 breweries ready to be sampled.
“We actually have a waiting list for next year, so that if a brewery drops out, we have a list of brewers wanting to participate,” said Carla Wells, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation. “The interest is definitely there from the brewers. … The brewers are always excited to come back to this event. I take that as a really good sign of the future of the event. These brewers get asked to do these types of events on a very regular basis, so they’re starting to get more selective as far as which ones they attend.”
To help soak up the suds, food from Shorty’s and The Original Gino’s Pizza will be available for purchase. Live entertainment will be provided by 56 Daze.
Advance tickets for the event, which runs from 5 to 11 p.m., are $25 and available by calling (419) 724-BREW or at The Andersons. Tickets at the door are $30 ($20 for military members, police and firefighters). The cost includes 12
3-ounce pours, with additional pours being $5 for six.
“We’re really appreciative of the support of the community, both from sponsors and those that come out to the event to support two local charities,” Wells said. “All of the money stays in Northwest Ohio and helps families that are truly in need in our own community.”
The Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation addresses the needs of individuals and families impacted by bleeding disorders within a 22-county area.
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, as well as 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.
On the web: Visit www.glasscitybeerfest.com and click on links for more information.