It’s going to be a busy beer weekend in Ohio. There are at least five big beer festivals, including two in Columbus taking place on the same day.
Here’s the rundown reminder:
• The Craft Brew at the Zoo runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium in Powell. There’s also a VIP session starting at 5 p.m. but that’s sold out. The event offers more than 50 craft beers, food and live music by J.T. Hillier, Drake White and the Big Fire Band, and Keith Anderson. Tickets are $30 and include a 10-ounce tasting glass and six 4-ounce samples. For more details, click here.
• The Grandview Craft Beer Alliance’s Summer Session runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the park at the southeast corner of Grandview and Goodale in Grandview Heights. The festival will focus on beers containing 5 percent alcohol by volume and less from 16 Ohio breweries. There also will be food trucks and live music.
Tickets are $25. For more details, click here.
• The 16th annual AleFest Dayton takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Wegerzyn Gardens. A VIP session gets you in an hour earlier. The event features more than 400 beers and ciders. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP. They include a commemorative tasting glass and 20 sampling tickets. For more details, click here.
• The inaugural Waterfront District Brewfest runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Lorain. The event features all Ohio breweries. Tickets are $25 and include a souvenir glass and 15 4-ounce samples. For more details, click here.
• The eighth annual Cincy Brew Ha-Ha runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday, 5 to midnight Friday and 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Sawyer Point Park in Cincinnati. The festival combines beer and comedy. For full details, click here.
But wait, that’s not all.
The Moerlein Lager House in Cincinnati is holding "Hop Heaven" all day Saturday. They are offering a ton of hoppy draft and bottled and canned beer throughout the day.
And the Firehouse Grill in Blue Ash will hold the finals for its Battle of the Beers competition starting at noon Sunday. The brewery that sells the most beers wins the Firehouse Cup. For more details, click here. To read a rundown of the event by Queen City Fresh, click here.