The Columbus Summer Beerfest is getting bigger — and its own beer. The event, presented by (614) Magazine, will expand to two days this year.
The beer festival is scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 outdoors and indoors at The LC Pavilion.
“Last year was so successful (a sellout), that we worked with PromoWest to expand the event to two nights,” Craig Johnson, co-director of the event, said in a prepared statement. “This puts it in line with our Columbus Winter Beerfest (Jan. 17-18, 2014).”
The festival also has announced new collaborations with Columbus Brewing Co. and the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.
Columbus Brewing is brewing the official beer for the event, appropriately called Columbus Beerfest Ale.
“It’s defined as a hop forward summer pale ale, with Citra, Zythos, and Amarillo hops, around 5.5 percent ABV, and 45 IBUs that is meant to be an easy drinking beer,” Tony Corder of Columbus Brewing said in a prepared statement. “It will be available at great craft beer bars around town via Superior Distributing.”
The festival has purchased special tap handles and is looking forward to feedback from beer drinkers. “It’s a great way to support local breweries, and get people talking about the upcoming Summer Beerfest at the LC,” Johnson said.
The Columbus Summer Beerfest features more than 300 craft beers, with a focus on local breweries. There also are homebrewing demonstrations, live music and food trucks. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation and the Columbus Jazz Arts Group.
General admission tickets are $35 in advance or $45 the day of the event. Those tickets come with a 5-ounce souvenir mug.
VIP tickets are $45 in advance or $55 the day of, and include an 8-ounce souvenir mug and earlier admission.
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