The Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest is more than just schnitzel and lederhosen. The event, held this weekend (Aug. 29-Sept. 1) at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, showcases 22 craft breweries and includes a judged competition.
The following breweries are participating: Great Lakes, Rocky River, Market Garden, Sprecher, Cornerstone, the Brew Kettle, Thirsty Dog, Buckeye, Lager Heads, Fat Head’s, Gordon Biersch, Willoughby, Elevator, Cellar Rats, Christian Moerlein, Granite City, Millersburg, Main Street, Nano Brew, Black Box, Portside and Platform.
The craft beer tasting works like this: You pay to get into the event and then pay separately for individual beers. The tasting hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the gate.
The judged competition, held Friday night (Aug. 29), is designed to pick out the best Oktoberfest and a slew of other honors, including Best of Show. I will serve as one of the celebrity judges.
For more details, including a rundown of all the beers available, click here.