Today’s beer notes are brought to you by the letters “B” and “F” — as in beer festivals.
There are plenty of them coming up in Northeast Ohio, starting with two special ones this weekend.
The inaugural Canton Craft Beer Invitational and the annual Fat Head’s Heavyweight Brewer’s Brawl are on Saturday.
The Canton event runs noon to 4 p.m. at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2121 George Halas Drive NW.
It will feature about 25 breweries. Tickets are $55 at the door. For full details, check out: www.uwstark.org/CantonCraftBeer.
Meanwhile, the Fat Head’s tasting takes place in two sessions — from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. — at the brewpub, 24581 Lorain Road, North Olmsted.
Organizers were still putting together the beer list Tuesday. I’ll post a rundown when I get it at ohio.com/beer.
Tickets are $40. For full details, go to store.fatheads.com/products/brewers-brawl.
But that’s far from the only beer festival news around …
The Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, will host its annual Ales for Trails beer tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. June 18.
The outdoor tasting will showcase JAFB Wooster, Millersburg and Royal Docks. The event also will feature food from Scratch Free Range Foods and live music by Tom Watt — The Buffettman & the Fruitcakes.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The nature center operates 967 acres scattered in Stark, Wayne, Tuscarawas and Holmes counties. For more details or to buy tickets, go to www.wildernesscenter.org.
Rhythm & Brews
The fifth annual Rhythm & Brews beer tasting returns June 22 to the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton.
The event, a fundraiser for the Arc of Ohio-Stark County, showcases beer, food and live music.
Great Lakes, Canton, Royal Docks, Mucky Duck, Millersburg, Maize Valley, Brick Oven and Scenic will serve their locally made beers. Anheuser-Busch Sales of Canton, Esber Beverage, Heidelberg Beverage and Superior Beverage Group also will pour domestic and imported craft brews.
Rhythm & Brews runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35, or $20 for designated drivers. They can be purchased by calling the Arc office at 330-492-5225.
The Arc of Ohio-Stark County is a nonprofit that advocates for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The National Hamburger Festival decided to shake things up a little last year by offering a craft beer tasting.
The concept went over so well that organizers are bringing it back and are looking to expand the experience this year. There’s even talk about a burger-beer pairing program.
The National Hamburger Festival is set for Aug. 13-14 at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron.
“We know that we’ll have up to 10, probably more, Ohio-based breweries there,” festival spokeswoman Lexi Hotchkiss said. “It will be Ohio brewers. We want to keep it as local as possible.”
Organizers are still working through the details, including identifying the participating breweries. Hotchkiss said more information should be available at the end of June.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or email@example.com. Read his beer blog at ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.