It's a big weekend (July 26-27) for beer festivals in Ohio, with major events taking place in Akron, Cleveland and Cincinnati. Here's a quick rundown with links:
Blues & Brews: The beer festival takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday (noon if you're a VIP ticket-holder) at Lock 3 park in downtown Akron. The event, sponsored by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Acme Fresh Markets and the Winking Lizard Tavern, features about 200 beers from 80 breweries. For details, click here.
Great Lakes Burning River Fest: The event, which features fresh Great Lakes Christmas Ale, other Great Lakes beers and live music, is from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island in Cleveland. For deatils, click here.
Volksfest: The first-ever event takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Listermann Brewing Co. in Cincinnati. It features all Cincinnati brewers: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Moerlein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, MadTree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Quaff Bros., Rhinegeist, Triple Digit and Listermann. For details, click here.
Taft on Tap: It's a beer tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. It will feature Rivertown, Triple Digit, MadTree and Blank Slate. For details, click here.
You can also check out the grand opening of Findlay Brewing Co. in Findlay. The nanobrewery will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. For details, click here.
If you're so inclined to head out of state, the inaugural Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest is Friday and Saturday. The event, which features about 250 beers from about 80 breweries, was organized by the same folks who put on beer festivals in Cincinnati and Columbus. For details, click here.