More than 200 breweries expected at Cleveland Beer FestWritten by Joel Sensenig | | firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend, Beer Fest will be more than the 2006 little-seen movie beloved by frat boys everywhere about drinking brew from a glass boot.
Cleveland’s International Beer Fest May 13-14 will feature brewed creations from 200 breweries around the globe, with upwards of 800 beers available for sampling. The event is the Midwest’s largest showcase and judged competition of beers, and includes appearances by celebrity brewers, authors and personalities, educational programming and a multitude of beer-centered demonstrations. Beer Fest is hosted at the International Exposition (I-X) Center, located adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport near downtown.
The fest is likely the only place one will be able to try a beer from Sri Lanka, Croatia, Belgium, Germany, Colorado and Cleveland. Has it been a while since you downed a Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter (from Ohio’s own Willoughby Brewing Company) or a Butthead Bock (Colorado’s Tommyknocker Brewing)? The International Beer Fest is your best bet.
There are three public tasting sessions scheduled: 7-11 p.m. May 13; 1-5 p.m. May 14 (includes Awards Ceremony); 7-11 p.m. May 14. Attendees may purchase tickets at a rate of $45 per session (or, for the extremely thirsty, $120 for all three) in advance at www.ixbeerfest.com, or at the center box office the day of the event. Tickets include a commemorative tasting cup, 30 two-ounce sample tickets, access to all of the appearances, demonstrations and educational programming. A limited number of VIP exBEERience tickets are available for $75 which also includes a commemorative T-shirt and 40 two-ounce samples. Attendees must be 21 or older.
Bringing Beer Fest to Ohio makes sense, according to Bob Peterson, president of the I-X Center.
“With more than 45 active breweries in the state and a consistent top 10 rank nationally in terms of consumption, Ohioans know, respect and support the beer industry,” he said. “As an exposition center with a proven track record of success, the I-X Center is thrilled to produce an event of this magnitude highlighting local, national and international beers and breweries.”
With 200 breweries on hand, there will not be a shortage of beer expertise at the event.
Educational programming will be offered at “Brew U,” where demonstrations and discussions will highlight trends in home brewing, regional developments and green brewing techniques. A tasting room will offer seminars on pairing food and beer, while exhibitors specializing in beer products will showcase and offer their wares available for purchase. A store will also have apparel and keepsakes from featured breweries available for purchase.
For more information, go to www.ixbeerfest.com or call 1-877-772-5425. The IX Center is located at One I-X Center Drive, Cleveland, OH 44135.