Got a taste for a hoppy beer? The fifth annual 420 HopFest is returning to the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood. Co-owner Garin Wright has gathered more than 20 hoppy beers that will be available April 15-20 at the restaurant. Basically, he yanks all the other beer styles off his extensive tap selection and offers only hoppy ones. "This is our biggest event of the year," he said. "Hoppy craft beer continues to be one of the most popular styles among craft beer drinkers." One of the key events is a "Beer and Breakfast Pairing" featuring North Peak Brewing Co. of Traverse City, Mich., at 10 a.m. April 17. The pairing features four courses and four North Peak beers, including a special cask, the Wanderer Session IPA. Tickets are $30.
The beer lineup may still change, but here it is so far: Buckeye Cleveland IPA (Cask), Founders Double Trouble IPA, Gordon Biersch Double Hop Pils, Southern Tier 2xIPA, Bell's Hopslam, Tröegs Nugget Nectar Ale, Bear Republic Ryevalry, Southern Tier Back Burner, Dogfish Head ApriHop, Victory Headwaters Pale Ale, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, North Peak Diabolical IPA, Ithaca Flower Power IPA, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Smuttynose Big A IPA and Heavy Seas Black Cannon.
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