The fourth annual Cleveland Beer Week returns Friday for a nine-day run of special tastings, dinners and educational programs. It culminates Oct. 27 with the giant festival known as Brewzilla.
The week begins at 7 p.m. Friday with “Collaboration Kickoffs,” the release of six collaboration beers made by 15 local breweries.
“We all work well together and enjoy the creativity that comes from collaboration,” said Luke Purcell, brewer at Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Local brewers worked together a couple of years ago on special beers during Cleveland Beer Week. But unlike that last effort, these beers will be available on draft only at specific bars and restaurants in certain neighborhoods.
People will have to choose one of five neighborhoods and walk to different places to sample all the beers. Tickets for the “Collaboration Kickoffs” tastings are $25 and must be purchased in advance. The beers are:
• Wet-Hopped Pale Ale from Great Lakes and Cellar Rats Brewery.
• Tallboy, a wet-hopped brown ale from Market Garden Brewery, Rocky River Brewing and Indigo Imp Brewery.
• Reinhelts Kaput!, a hoppy hellesbock from the Brew Kettle and Willoughby Brewing.
• Nut Brown Ale with Maple Syrup from Buckeye Brewing, Ohio Brewing and Black Box Brewing.
• CuyaHawga Smoked Maple Bacon Stout from Fat Head’s Brewery and Chardon BrewWorks.
• Belgian-Style Dubble with Plums from Thirsty Dog Brewing, Cornerstone Brewing and Lager Heads Brewing.
For a list of the locations and more details on the collaboration, go online to www.clevelandbeerweek.org.
Overall, Cleveland Beer Week includes more than 350 beer-related events. Too many to list here. But here are some highlights:
• Bill Covaleski, co-founder and co-owner of Victory Brewing Co., will be at Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, 24581 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to release a Fat Head’s-Victory collaboration beer.
• Culture Yourself: A Premier Beer and Cheese Pairing on Sunday at Great Lakes Brewing Co., 1947 W. 28th St., Cleveland. The event pairs 14 breweries with artisan cheeses. There are two sessions: 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.
• Anderson Valley brewmaster Fal Allen will attend a beer pairing dinner at 7 p.m. Monday at Buckeye Beer Engine, 15315 Madison Ave., Lakewood. Tickets are $65.
• Randy Mosher of 5 Rabbit Cerveceria in Chicago will sign his book Tasting Beer from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lizardville, 25380 Miles Road, Bedford Heights, and from 8 to 10 p.m. at Lizardville, 21805 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River.
• Ales on Rails, a beer tasting aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 26. The train will depart from the Rockside Station, 7900 Old Rockside Road, Independence. Tickets range from $45 to $80.
• Brewzilla, a beer festival featuring more than 80 breweries, from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Galleria at Erieview, 1301 E. 9th St., Cleveland. VIP tickets are $75, while general admission is $50.