The third annual Dayton Brew Ha-Ha will put a spin on the usual beer festival. This year, it's Ohio vs. Michigan.
Organizers are gathering Ohio and Michigan beers and will ask those in attendance to vote for their favorites. In the end, the Brew Ha-Ha, set for Jan. 25 at the Montessori School of Dayton, will declare an Ohio winner, a Michigan winner and a winning state.
To further play up the rivalry, there will be two Brew Ha-Ha T-shirts available -- a red one for Ohio and a blue one for Michigan.
"There are a lot of underground Michigan fans" in the Dayton area, organizer Michael Taylor said. And the Ohio vs. Michigan theme already is generating plenty of interest, he said.
Organizers wanted to do something special because of the number of craft breweries opening in the Dayton area. All seven local breweries will be there -- Dayton Beer, Eudora, Hairless Hare, Lock 27, Star City, Toxic Brew and Yellow Springs.
"The new breweries that have sprung up are trying to brew something special and they want to make a good showing," Taylor said.
Also representing Ohio will be: Jackie O’s, Elevator, Fat Head's, Rivertown, Blank Slate, Triple Digit, Rhinegeist, Weasel Boy, Hoppin' Frog and MadTree.
As for the Michigan offerings, you can expect Dark Horse, Bell’s, Founders, New Holland, Vandermill, Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak.
Taylor admitted that Ohio has a lopsided advantage in terms of the number of breweries.
The Brew Ha-Ha runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. People get a souvenir glass and 10 tasting tickets, with additional tickets available for $1. Proceeds benefit the Montessori School of Dayton. For more details or to buy tickets, click here.