The BrewFest Waterfront District is on the move.
The fourth annual beer tasting in Lorain — set for Aug. 12 — is shifting from Broadway Avenue to the Black River Landing festival site.
Organizer Howard Ross, who co-founded the Franklin Brewing Co., said the “street fair thing was interesting and cool” but the event also had to deal with tents, shutting down the street, power issues and worries about weather in past years. (Iffy weather impacted attendance last year.)
Those won’t be problems at the Lorain Port Authority-run Black River Landing, where there are pavilions and stages for musical acts. As Ross mentioned, the pavilions offer shelter from both rain and sun.
“It’s a really, really nice venue and it’s perfect for doing an event like this,” he said. “It’s 30 seconds from where we were.”
The festival, organized by the Lorain Growth Corp., will showcase about 50 breweries. Organizers are still lining up brewers, vendors and sponsors.
Discounted tickets are on sale now. They are $20 if purchased before March 31. After that date, they will jump to $25, plus a $2.50 service fee. Tickets on the day of the event are $35. Designated drivers — over the age of 21, of course — are admitted for free.
The tickets are inexpensive when compared to other beer festivals. There’s a reason for that.
The goal is to bring people to downtown Lorain and show off the community, as opposed to making money, Ross said.
Last year, about 1,000 people attended. He hopes to grow attendance to 2,500 to 3,500 this year, and even larger in future years.