The successful Beerfest brand is coming into Cleveland.
The organizers behind the Cincinnati, Columbus and Pittsburgh Beerfest events will launch a similar two-day festival Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the new Cleveland Convention Center.
“We always wanted to get to Cleveland,” Festivals Unlimited director of events Craig Johnson said. “It’s such a strong market and if we’re going to be in Cincinnati and Columbus, we should be trying to be in Cleveland, as well. We just think we have a winning formula in terms of putting on an event.”
The Cleveland Winter Beerfest will follow the same format as the events in other cities, Johnson said. The events feature more than 350 craft beers.
The Cincy Winter Beerfest — which will celebrate its seventh anniversary next year — is the largest attended beer festival in Ohio, attracting about 13,000 people to the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.
“Why mess with it when it’s not broken,” Johnson said.
Details about ticket prices and hours will be released soon, he said.
Festivals Unlimited is partnering with the Ohio Craft Brewers Association on the Cleveland event. Proceeds help the Big Joe Duskin Music Education Foundation, which provides money for music education programs. The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will benefit from the event, Johnson said.
“There’s a lot of pride in Cleveland,” he said. “Hopefully they will embrace the event. It’s going for a good cause. It’s a new venue. And if they talk to anybody in Cincinnati and Columbus who’s gone, hopefully they’ll hear good reviews.”
The Tasting Room at Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, will host a special five-course beer dinner paying homage to the holiday classic A Christmas Story at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.
The courses will revolve around the most memorable moments from the film.
The pairings will be leg of lamb stew with Frosted Frog Christmas Ale, beef tongue with Hop Dam Triple IPA, braised rabbit with Hop Heathen Imperial Black IPA, stuffed duck stuffed in a turkey with Barrel-Aged DORIS the Destroyer, and chocolate malt fudge and sorbet with Barrel-Aged Frosted Frog Christmas Ale.
Tickets are $75. They can be purchased at the Tasting Room. For more details, call 234-525-3764.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland unveiled a new name for its popular seasonal double India pale ale.
The beer formerly known as Alchemy Hour Double IPA will be called Chillwave Double IPA when it’s released again with the same recipe in March 2014, the brewery said.
The beer was a major hit with craft beer drinkers. But Great Lakes was forced to rename the brew after a trademark issue with Widmer Brothers Brewing, which has the brand Alchemy Ale.
“A lot of thought and preparation went into the name,” Great Lakes co-owner Pat Conway said in a prepared statement. “We were disappointed that we had to change it, but both parties handled the situation amicably. The beer is still excellent, regardless of the name. We’re very proud to release it again as Chillwave Double IPA.”
West Point Market, 1711 W. Market St., Akron, will host its annual Christmas beer tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.
The event will feature more than 30 holiday beers, food and cheese.
The cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Reservations are recommended. Go to www.westpointmarket.com or call 330-864-2151, ext. 129.
Second Christmas tasting
The “12 Beers of Christmas” tasting on Dec. 4 at D’Agneses at White Pond, 566 White Pond Drive, Akron, sold out so quick that the restaurant has added a second date.
The second tasting is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11.
Tickets are $35. For reservations, call 234-678-3612.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his beer blog at www.ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrick.