A panel of three judges — museum Executive Director Mark Masuoka, museum Board of Trustees member Rory O’Neil and Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Marc Bona — chose Main Street Ma Barker’s Birch Beer, Black Box Abbey Ale and Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher as the top beers of the evening. (Note: I was supposed to be one of the judges but have been felled by a nasty sinus infection and ear infection.)
Judges were asked to select the three best beers, with no first, second or third place.
The event, held in the museum atrium, featured more than 10 brewers and locally produced foods.
Masuoka said he’s enjoys the effort craft brewers are putting into their labels.
“The art side of it has gone wild,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing.”
Here are some photos (taken befor much of the crowd arrived):