2017 Ohio beer festivals



Mark your calendars. Ohio is filled with beer festivals to attend. Some such as the Cincy Winter Beerfest in Cincinnati will draw thousands. Others will attract hundreds. I’ve tried to compile a rundown of all the beer festivals in the state in 2017. The list is lengthy — and incomplete. There are many big events not on the list yet. Again this year, some organizers didn’t get back to me. Or a date or location hadn’t been selected yet. Or I couldn’t find information on the festival online. This list will be updated through the year so check back. If you are aware of a festival or event not listed here, email me at [email protected] and I will add it. Click on the festival name for more info and if there’s no link, there’s no dedicated website to link to:


• Jan. 6: New Belgium Tasting at the Winking Lizard Party Center in Bedford Heights. The event benefits A Special Wish Foundation Cleveland Chapter.


• Jan. 14: The third annual Walleye Winter Brewfest at Fifth Third Stadium in Toledo. The event will feature more than 250 beers.


• Jan. 14: Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield.


• Jan. 14: The Thirsty Dog Craft Beer Cottage Crawl at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.


• Jan. 20-21: Columbus Winter Beerfest at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.


• Jan. 27-28: The fourth annual Cleveland Winter Beerfest at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland.


• Jan. 28: BrewFest Wooster at Wooster Hospitality Transit Inc. in Wooster.


• Jan. 28: The fifth annual Dayton Brew Ha-Ha at the Montessori School of Dayton. The theme this year is “Midwest vs. West Coast.”


• Feb. 4: AleFeast at the Dayton Masonic Center in Dayton.


• Feb. 8-9: The third annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference in Cincinnati.


• Feb. 10-19: The annual Ogrefest at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville.


• Feb. 17-18: The 10th annual Cincy Winter Beerfest at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.


• Feb. 18: The second annual Stout It Out Loud - Stout and Oyster Fest at Butcher and the Brewer in Cleveland.


• Feb. 18: The Winking Lizard’s Barrel Aged Beer Festival at the Winking Lizard Party Center in Bedford Heights.


• Feb. 25: The annual Burning Snowman festival in Port Clinton.


• Feb. 25: The annual Local Brews Local Grooves beer and music festival at House of Blues in Cleveland.


• March 3: The 10th annual Glass City Beer Festival at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee.


• March 4: The Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s Winter Warmer Fest at Windows on the River in Cleveland.


• March 3-5: The 25th annual Bockfest at various locations throughout the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati. Organizers say it’s the world’s largest celebration of bock beer.


• March 10: The 10th annual Akron Art Museum Art and Ale festival at the museum.


• March 10: The annual St. Practice Day Beer Fest in Austintown.


• March 25: The annual Rubber City Beer Fest at Lock 3 in Akron. The event will take place as part of the Wizard of Saaz Homebrew Competition.


• April 17-22: The annual Toledo Beer Week.


• April 29: Lebanon BrewHAHa Craft Beer Festival and Tasting at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon.


• April 29: Craft Beer Festival at the Columbus Crew SC's Mapfre Stadium in Columbus.


• May 6: Grove City Lions Club Craft Beer Fest at the Aladdin Shrine Center in Grove City.


• May 12-20: Columbus Craft Beer Week.


• May 13: The 13th annual Mini Real Ale Festival at Barley’s Smokehouse in Columbus. The event features firkins of real ale from around the state and country.


• May 13: The Toledo Beer and Bacon Festival at the Hungarian Club of Toledo.


• May 20: The Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest in Columbus.


• May 20: The eighth annual Big Brews and Blues for Diabetes Dayton at RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton.


• June 2-3: The annual Wine and Beer Festival: A Taste of Warren County at Valley Vineyards in Morrow.


• June 2: The Fat Head's Annual Sausauge Fest and Food Drive at the North Olmsted brewpub.


• June 3: The Fat Head's annual Heavyweight Brewer's Brawl at the North Olmsted brewpub.


• June 3: The Winking Lizard Tavern’s annual Game of Thrones beer tasting.


• June 16-17: The 11th annual Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest at Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield.


• June 17: The second annual Cleveland Summer Beerfest at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland.


• June 17: Brew at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo. It will feature an '80s theme.


• June 17: The annual Grandview Digfest at Grandview Yard in Columbus.


• June 17: The inaugural Taste for Vets - Homebrew Challenge at the American Legion Benjamin Firestone Post 290 in Columbiana.


• June 18-24: The annual Cincinnati Beer Week. There will be events throughout the community.


• June 22: The sixth annual Rhythm and Brews at the Cultural Center for the Arts in Canton.


• June 24: The second annual Mentor On Tap in Mentor.


• July 8: The second annual Punch Out at the Fifty West Brewing Co. production brewery in Cincinnati.


• July 14-22: The 12th annual Ohio Brew Week in Athens. The event features more than 200 Ohio-made craft beers served at venues around town. It also includes dinners, speeches and demonstrations.


• July 15: Brew at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo. It will feature a Christmas in July theme.


• July 15: The inaugural Keepers of the Craft Beer Fest at BottleHouse Brewing Co. in Cleveland Heights.


• July 22: The Bash on the Banks, a beer, bourbon and music fest in Cleveland.


• July 26: The inaugural Hometown Sounds and Craft Beer Fest at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus.


• July 29: Buckeye Beer Bash at Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield. The event celebrates Ohio beers.


• Aug. 3: The inaugural Hall of Fame BrewFest at Canton Brewing Co. in downtown Canton.


• Aug. 4: The annual Craft @ The Quarry Craft Beer Festival at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania.


• Aug. 5: The annual Blues and Brews at Lock 3 in downtown Akron.


• Aug. 5: The annual Scene Magazine Ale Fest at Lincoln Park in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. The event originally was set for July 29, but was rescheduled.


• Aug. 10-13: The annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival in Marietta.


• Aug. 12: The eighth annual Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field in Dayton.


• Aug. 12: The second annual Akron Ale Fest at the Trolley Barn in Akron.


• Aug. 12: The annual BrewFest Waterfront District at Black River Landing in Lorain.


• Aug. 12: The sixth annual Chardon Brewfest on Chardon Square in Chardon.


• Aug. 13: The annual Buckeye Brewfest at the National Hamburger Festival in downtown Akron.


• Aug. 19: The annual RubberDucks' Festival of Beers at Canal Park in downtown Akron.


• Aug. 19-20: The annual Burning River Fest on Whiskey Island in Cleveland.


• Aug. 25-26: The seventh annual Columbus Summer Beerfest at the Express Live! in downtown Columbus.


• Aug. 25-27: The second annual Bewilderfest at Urban Artifact in Cincinnati.


• Aug. 26: AleFest Dayton at the Dayton Convention Center.


• Aug. 26: The Columbus Craft Beer Alliance Summer Session in Columbus.


• Aug. 26: The Lake Erie Crushers Craft Beer Festival at Sprenger Health Care Stadium in Avon.


• Sept. 1-4: Cleveland Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea. The event includes a craft beer tasting and microbrew competition.


• Sept. 8: Adult Swim (focusing on autumn beers) at the Cleveland Aquarium in Cleveland.


• Sept. 8-9: The eighth annual End of Summer Cincy Beerfest at Fountain Square in Cincinnati.


• Sept. 15-17: The 18th annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival at Lake Snowden in Albany. The event celebrates the native Ohio fruit and breweries create beers using pawpaw.


• Sept. 15-17: Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in downtown Cincinnati.


• Sept. 16: Nature's Brew Beer Tasting at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland.


• Sept. 21: The third annual Rotary Oktoberfest in downtown Canton.


• Sept. 22: The annual Zoo Brew at the Toledo Zoo.


• Sept. 23: The fifth annual Fifty Fest at Fifty West Brewing Co. in Cincinnati.


• Oct. 5: The annual Zoo Brew at the Cincinnati Zoo.


• Oct. 6: 2017 Craft Beer Festival hosted by the Stow-Munroe Falls Community Foundation at the Heritage Barn in Stow.


• Oct. 7: Brew at the Zoo at the Akron Zoo. It will feature a Halloween theme.


• Oct. 13-22: Cleveland Beer Week. The week involves beer-related events around the city.


• Oct. 21: The Fat Head's Celebration of the Hop IPA Festival at the North Olmsted brewpub.


• Oct. 21: Ale-O-Ween, a Halloween-themed beer fest, sponsored by the Ohio Craft Brewers Association at the Dayton Steam Plant.


• Nov. 11: The annual Big Beers and Barley Wines Beer Fest at the Greek Orthodox Community Center in Dayton.


• Nov. 18: Adult Swim (focusing on Christmas beers and ciders) at the Cleveland Aquarium in Cleveland.

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