Many "beer week" celebrations feature a special brew made just for the festivities. Cleveland Beer Week does that one better. Well, make that six better.
Once again, Northeast Ohio breweries are collaborating to produce special, small-batch beers for the event.
Seven in all.
Those beers will be available during "Collaboration Kickoffs," the official opening ceremony for the fifth annual Cleveland Beer Week, which runs Oct. 18 through 26. (Yes, the week is actually nine days.)
More than 350 events are planned throughout the Cleveland area and include beer tastings, food pairings and dinners, limited edition keg tappings and educational programs.
The collaboration brews are a highlight for many folks. Here's a rundown of the beers:
-- Collaborator, a dopplebock from Willoughby and The Brew Kettle.
-- Tallboy Wheat, a cocoa and hazelnut dunkelweisen from Market Garden, Indigo Imp and Rocky River.
-- Evil Monk, a bourbon barrel aged black Belgian-style tripel from Thirsty Dog and Portside.
-- Pancake Porter, a maple, bacon and coffee oatmeal porter from Lagerheads and Cornerstone.
-- Wango Tango Mango, an India pale ale from Fat Head's and Chardon BrewWorks.
-- Tripel Cherry Delight, a Belgian-style tripel with cherries from Buckeye, Black Box and Ohio.
-- Berlot, a strong ale aged in wine barrels from Great Lakes and Cellar Rats.
The beers will be available on draft from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 at several kick-off locations throughout Cleveland. Click here for all the locations. Tickets to the Collaboration Kickoffs are $25.
Other highlights include:
• "Culture Yourself: A Premier Beer and Cheese Pairing" at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. tasting room on Oct. 20. Two sessions are available: 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Culture Yourself features 14 breweries pouring beers that have been paired with cheeses. Advance tickets are $35.
• Heidelberg Distributing will host "Ales on Rails" from 7:15 to 10:15 p.m. Oct. 25 on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. The ride departs from the Rockside Station in Independence and includes a boxed supper and brews. Tickets range from $47 to $80 based on train car selection.
• Cleveland Beer Week concludes with "Brewzilla: A Monster of a Beer Tasting" from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Galleria at Erieview in downtown Cleveland. The event will feature more than 80 breweries, an "Ohio Brewery" area, a Gnome Garden that features Belgian beers, and appetizers that pair well with craft brews. Advance tickets are required. Brewer’s Circle tickets are $75. General admission tickets are $50.
There are a ton of events lined up, including meet-and-greet with brewers. A full rundown can be found by clicking here.
Cleveland Beer Week raises money for the Jimmy Malone and the Malone Scholarship Fund. "All net proceeds from our flagship events benefit this important Fund that has provided nearly $2 million in higher education scholarships to area students," event director Christine Montague said in a news relese.
Cleveland Beer Week is sponsored by Winking Lizard Tavern, Premium Beverage Supply, Great Lakes Brewing, Samuel Adams, The House of LaRose, Heidelberg Distributing, Heinens, Scene, Thunder::Tech, Beverage Distributors, Cavalier Distributing, Market District, Akron Beacon Journal and Superior Beverage Group. Other partners include Thirsty Dog Brewing, Buckeye Brewing, The Brew Kettle, Goose Island, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, ACE Taxi and Chrislan Ceramics.