The ninth annual Ohio Craft Brew Festival returns Sept. 12-14 to the North Market in Columbus. The three-day festival -- one of the largest fundraisers for the North Market Development Authority -- will showcase more than 20 Ohio breweries this year.
"This is the premiere craft brewing event in Ohio and we have invited some of the finest brewers in the state," North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison said in a prepared statement issued today. (Aug. 13) "Tasters will get to experience local favorites as well as hard to find out-of-town brews."
The following breweries will participate: Barley's Ale House, Buckeye Lake, Christian Moerlein, Columbus, Elevator, Fifty West, Four String, Great Lakes, Hoof Hearted, Homestead, Jackie O's, Lager Heads, MadTree, Mt. Carmel, North High, Rockmill, Seventh Son, Smokehouse, Thirsty Dog, Weasel Boy and Wolf's Ridge.
Christian Moerlein, Fifty West, MadTree, Rockmill and Wolf's Ridge are attending for the first time.
The festival, sponsored by Heartland Bank, also features the first "Battle of the Brew" homebrew competition sponsored by Seventh Son and the Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists.
“This is a natural fit to the festival which celebrates the independent spirit and art of craft beer," Harrison said. "Homebrewers from all over Central Ohio will get their chance to be as creative and unique as they want at this fun and casual competition. We hope to make this an annual event at the festival and engage more homebrewers both locally and throughout Ohio.”
The competition is open to all styles of beer, but no ciders or meads. All brewers must be amateurs and 21 years of age or older. The competition is open to 25 contestants and each contestant can submit up to two entries for $10 per entry. Judging is pro-am style with local brewers and celebrities judging the entries. It is not a formal BJCP sanctioned event.
Judging will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday with the winners announced immediately following. More than $500 worth of prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and
3rd place, with the grand prize winner having the opportunity to his or her beer brewed at Seventh Son Brewing.
Registration forms are available at www.northmarket.com or at the North Market Business Office located on the second floor of the market. All applications and fees must be submitted by Aug. 29.
As if that weren't enough to get you to attend, I also will serve as a guest speaker and talk about the Ohio craft beer scene and what it's like to cover -- and drink in -- this growing industry. The talk is from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Beer Garden Tent. (Yes, that was a shameless personal plug.)
Tickets to the event are $25 or $20 in advance. Tickets include a souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and a $5 voucher for merchandise at the North Market. For more details or to buy tickets, click here.
To read the full news release and a rundown of all the activities, see below:
For Immediate Release
August 13, 2014
NORTH MARKET HOSTS OHIO’S PREMIERE CRAFT BREW EVENT
Columbus, OH – North Market is excited to announce the 9th Annual Ohio Craft Brew Festival presented by Heartland Bank, September 12-14, 2014. The event which started in 2006 with just six local breweries has expanded to over twenty with best-in-class breweries from around the state being represented.
“This is the premiere craft brewing event in Ohio and we have invited some of the finest brewers in the state. Tasters will get to experience local favorites as well as hard to find out-of-town brews,” states North Market Executive Director Rick Harrison Wolfe.
The event is slated to have twenty-two breweries this year. New additions to the event include: Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., Cincinnati; Fifty West Brewing Co., Cincinnati; MadTree Brewing Co., Cincinnati, Rockmill Brewery, Lancaster and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Columbus.
Returning breweries include: Barley’s Ale House No. 1, Columbus; Buckeye Lake Brewery, Buckeye Lake; Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus; Elevator Brewing Co., Columbus; Four String Brewing Co., Columbus; Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland; Hoof Hearted Brewing Co., Marengo; Homestead Beer Company, Heath; Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Athens; Lager Heads Brewing Co., Medina; Mt. Carmel Brewing Co., Cincinnati; North High Brewing, Columbus; Seventh Son Brewing Co., Columbus; Smokehouse Brewing Co., Columbus; Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Akron; and Weasel Boy Brewing Co., Zanesville. *Breweries as of 8/13/14. Subject to change. One additional brewery pending.
In addition to the tastings, special programming is scheduled throughout the three-day event that will include guest speakers, a homebrew competition and themed event days. New this year is also the Official Brew Pairing Menu. Upon entering the festival, guests will receive a menu of recommended beer/food pairings that can be purchased at the Market throughout the weekend.
North Market Ohio Craft Brew Festival Schedule Highlights
Friday, September 12
7 p.m.–10 p.m. (North Market opens at 9 a.m.)
Opening Night and Reggae Night
7 p.m.–10 p.m., Ohio Craft Breweries open for tasting
7 p.m.–10 p.m., Photo booth opens for free pictures on Spruce Street
8 p.m.–10 p.m., DJ Patrick, Reggae set on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
Noon–9 p.m. (North Market Farmers’ Market and North Market open at 8 a.m.)
Noon–9 p.m., Ohio Craft Breweries open for tasting
12:30 p.m.–2 p.m., Rorschach Quartet on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
1 p.m.-2 p.m., Rick Armon, “Ohio’s Booming Craft Beer Scene (and how I drink it all in.)”, in the Beer Garden Tent
2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Clave Sonic on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
3 p.m.–5 p.m., “Battle of the Brew” home brew competition presented by Seventh Son Brewing Co. and SODZ
5 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Victor Zancudo on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
7 p.m.–9 p.m., Derek DiCenzo Trio on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
Noon–5 p.m. (North Market opens at Noon.)
Noon–5 p.m., Ohio Craft Breweries open for tasting
Noon–5 p.m., Market Flea opens on the North Market plaza
Noon–2 p.m., Sunny 95 prize wheel and music on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
2:30 p.m.–5 p.m., DJ George Brazil on the Spruce Street Entertainment Stage
Admission to the festival is $25. A special online advance ticket is available for $20 through September 9 at 5PM through the North Market website at northmarket.com. After September 9, tickets must be purchased at the door during the event for $25. Admission includes a souvenir pint glass, ten taste tickets and a North Market Fiver, a $5 voucher to be used inside the North Market at any merchant. Discount coupons for $2 off at the door admissions will be available at Heartland Bank Branches starting in September. Additional taste tickets will be available at the event for $1 per ticket. *Please note admission to the activities and North Market is free.
The North Market Ohio Craft Brew Festival is one of the largest fundraising events for the North Market Development Authority, the 501(c) 3 organization that manages the daily operations of North Market. The event is made possible through the generous support of sponsors including presenting sponsor Heartland Bank; supporting sponsors Masterclean, Heidelberg Distributing, Superior Beverage Group, Rampant Brands; media partners Columbus Alive, Crave, Sunny 95 and CD102.5; and promotional partners Matt the Miller’s Tavern, Seventh Son Brewing Co., and Scioto Olentangy Darby Zymurgists, SODZ.
The Ohio Craft Brew Festival runs Friday, September 12, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, September 13 from Noon–9 p.m. and Sunday, September 14 from Noon–5 p.m. The North Market and its merchants will have extended hours and remain open during festival hours. The market is located at 59 Spruce Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215. For more information, Battle of the Brew and/or festival updates visit www.northmarket.com or call (614) 463-9664.
About North Market
In operation since 1876, the North Market is Columbus’ only true public market. More than 30 merchants offer a wide variety of fresh produce, meat, poultry, seafood, flowers and other specialty food items. The Market also provides an international selection of freshly prepared foods, distinctive gifts and personable service from owner/operators and is home to the oldest Farmers’ Market in Central Ohio. The North Market is open daily and located step away from the Columbus Convention Center and Nationwide Arena.