The fifth annual Cleveland Beer Week, which wrapped up Oct. 26, hit several milestones this year, organizer Christine Montague says.
For starters, the opening event involving the release of special collaboration beers made by Northeast Ohio brewers sold out, with 850 people attending this year. That's up from 450 tickets sold last year. Sixteen brewers also participated, up from 14 last year.
Other events also sold out, including the Belgian Saturday Social, a first-time event; Lebowski Bowling with Lagunitas; and Culture Yourself, the cheese and beer pairing, Montague said. After a slow start to ticket sales because of the partial government shutdown, Ales on Rails, the beer train on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, also sold out.
The ending beer festival, Brewzilla, set a record with 500 VIP tickets and 1,500 general admission tickets sold, she said. "Due to some strategic space planning, we were able to sell more tickets than ever to Brewzilla," she said.
Cleveland Beer Week also raises money for the Jimmy Malone Scholarship Fund. The amount raised for that group will be announced later, said Montague and John Lane, one of the owners of sponsor Winking Lizard Tavern.