Ohio beer drinkers have a choice of four beer festivals this weekend: the Columbus Microbrew Festival in Columbus, the Medina Beer Fest in Medina, the Chardon Brewfest in Chardon and the Ohio Pawpaw Festival in Albany.
The Columbus Microbrew Festival is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the North Market. Admission is free, but the beer tasting costs $20 and includes a commemorative pint glass, 10 tasting tickets and a $5 food certificate. Additional tasting tickets are 50 cents. The following breweries are participating: Barley's,, Barley's Smokehouse, Buckeye Lake, Columbus, Elevator, Four String, Gordon Biersch, Great Black Swamp, Great Lakes, Hoof Hearted, Mt. Carmel, Neil House, Thirsty Dog, Weasel Boy and Zauber.
The Medina Beer Fest -- a fundraiser for Main Street Medina -- is from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Williams on the Lake. Tickets are $40. The cost includes four-ounce samples, a commemorative tasting glass and food. The following breweries are participating: Ohio, Fat Head's, Hoppin' Frog, Buckeye, Maumee Bay, Thirsty Dog, Lagerheads, Great Lakes, Mt. Carmel, The Brew Kettle and Sixpoint.
The Chardon Brewfest is from noon to 5 p.m. at the Eltech Building. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The cost includes a commemorative mug. The following breweries are participating: Black Box, The Brew Kettle, Cellar Rats, Chardwon BrewWorks, Cornerstone, Fat Head's, Great Lakes, Indigo Imp, Lagerheads, Market Garden, Ohio, Rust Belt, Thirsty Dog and Willoughby.
The Pawpaw Festival is from 4 to midnight Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lake Snowden. A one-day ticket is $8, while a weekend pass is $14. The event is filled with music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for kids. While the festival may not be beer-centric, it is one of the more unusual beer events in Ohio because it features beers made with pawpaw, a fruit native to Ohio. The participating breweries are: Marietta, Weasel Boy, Jackie O's, Thirsty Dog, Buckeye and Anheuser-Busch.