The Cleveland Summer Beerfest is returning for its second year with a new location and in a new month. It's also being pared from a two-day event to a single day.
The Summer Beerfest, presented by Fat Head's Brewery, is set for June 17 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica along the Cuyahoga River. The event was held in August last year -- due to the Republican Convention -- and took place on the downtown mall.
The Jacobs Pavilion provides a better setting, with a built-in stage for live music and plenty of parking, Festivals Unlimited co-founder Craig Johnson said. It also is better protected from poor weather. Last year, organizers lost 20 tents due to high winds.
"We're just looking to have a fun event in the sun," Johnson said.
Even though the Summer Beerfest is being cut to one day, it will feature two sessions: 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday (April 19) at BeerfestTickets.com.
Early admission tickets are $30 if purchased between April 19 and May 16. The prices jump to $35 for regular admission and $45 for early admission from May 17 to June 16. They will be $45 for regular admission and $55 for early admission at the gate.
About 3,500 people attended the Cleveland Summer Beerfest last year and organizers hope to increase that to 4,000 or 4,500 this year. The event will feature anywhere from 175 to 200 beers.
Part of the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Animal Rescue Partners.
Johnson also confirmed that the Cleveland Winter Beerfest will return next year during the last weekend in January.