The ninth annual Ohio Brew Week -- a celebration of Ohio-made beer in Athens -- is fast approaching. The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau issued a news release today (June 23) breaking down the event, which runs July 11-19.
Read the news release below:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
AT OHIO BREW WEEK, CELEBRATE STATES’S CRAFT BREWERS & LOCAL FOODS
All-state craft beer festival in Athens features hundreds of Ohio brews and showcases area’s foods, artists
ATHENS, OH (June 23, 2014): Nothing says summer like live music, delicious food and even better brews, especially when enjoyed in Athens, Ohio; a dream destination for both foodies and craft beer lovers. Athens is also home to the 30 Mile Meal, the nation’s first “super-local” food campaign. Sample the best Ohio brews and local fare at Ohio Brew Week 2014 in Athens, July 11-19.
“Brew Week is all about the best local experience in Athens,” said Paige Alost, executive director of the Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the 30 Mile Meal. “During that week, thousands of visitors can experience the best our region has to offer – from fantastic cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients, to craft brews and distilled spirits created right in the area, and live music and festivals; all in an incredibly beautiful setting with diverse outdoor activities for the whole family.”
The 30 Mile Meal highlights foods and spirits crafted within a 30-mile radius of Athens and celebrates and promotes those producing, selling and serving local foods and spirits in Southeast Ohio. More than 160 farmers, farmers’ markets, restaurants, local food producers, specialty products and food promoters have joined together to collaborate on the 30 Mile Meal project.
The ninth year of Ohio Brew Week will officially kick off on Friday, July 11, with the fourth annual Rock-N-Roast on the beautifully-renovated patio of the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center. Spend the evening jamming to Backwords, a favorite local band, and sipping on Columbus-based Elevator Brewing Company’s Cherry Saison, an exclusive release that evening that’s been deemed “the official beer of the 2014 Rock-N-Roast.” Chef Michael McIntosh will be in the house to impress foodies with his classic smoked dishes.
Catch more tunes and sample authentic, pit-smoked barbecue Friday through Sunday, July 11-13, at Kiser’s Jammin’ Hog Music & BBQ Festival at Eclipse Company Town, which sits atop a former coal mine once operated by the Hocking Valley Coal Company. The music lineup includes everything from rhythm and blues from The Royales and local R&B artist Shirley King to classic rock-and-roll from Remember Then and Time Machine.
Ohio craft brewers and connoisseurs alike may enjoy the 2014 Ohio Brew Week Homebrew Competition. This tournament of self-proclaimed brewing champions is open to all home brewers, but it is limited to the first 400 who register. Those who would rather sip than stir may register to judge the entries. The winner of the 2013 home brewing contest, Cameron Fuller, will open Devil’s Kettle Brewery in Athens later this year.
Additional activities throughout the week include the launch of Bon Appalachia, a multi-state program designed to showcase the Appalachian region’s diverse food offerings, and an Ohio Brewers Forum and a Hop Growing Symposium (all on July 16). In addition, partake in a tasting and meet-and-greet event with Seventh Son Brewing, also from Columbus (July 15), or pair a selection of top beers with exquisite local dishes during a six-course beer pairing dinner at Restaurant Salaam (July 16).
To round out the week’s festivities, a street festival, appropriately called The Last Call, will be hosted on the bricks of Court Street in Uptown Athens. This will be visitors’ final opportunity to sample brews, take in live bands, taste local foods and view a variety of art from Ohio artisans.
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