Jim Koch, the founder of Boston Beer Co. and an Ohio native, will make a special guest appearance via video at the fourth annual Big Tap In. The beer festival is set for April 20 at the Shepherd Event Center in Boardman.
“Mr. Koch, a Cincinnati native, runs the largest craft brewery in America and, for him to take time to address the 2013 Big Tap In beer festival attendees via a 9’x12’ LED sign is a real honor," organizer Sandy Reda said in a prepared statement.
This year's event will feature more than 20 cask ales, in addition to more than 200 beers from breweries around the world. There also will be more than 20 breweries that haven't participated in the event before.
Organizers expect more than 2,500 people.
In addition to the beer festival, both Vintage Estate Wine and Beer, and Magic Tree Pub & Eatery will host craft beer events the week prior to the festival. “If you have a passion for craft beer, there are a lot of good things in store for you," said Phill Reda, co-organizer and owner of Vintage Estate and Magic Tree.
General admission tickets are $48. VIP tickets are sold out, organizers previously announced. No tickets will be sold at the door. The VIP session begins at 1 p.m. and the general session starts at 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Making Kids Count.
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