The Rail is bringing a little bit of the Queen City to Northeast Ohio.
The craft beer bar and restaurant — which has locations in Fairlawn, Canton and North Olmsted — will feature four Cincinnati brews that aren’t distributed in this area as part of its “FeBREWary” promotion.
The Rail will showcase:
•?Tap & Screw All Jacked Up Vanilla Porter.
•?Urban Artifact Maize Kentucky Common Ale.
•?Rhinegeist Truth IPA.
•?Fifty West Death Valley Shootout Stout.
“We love bringing in all these craft beers,” said Chad Caplinger, the regional manager for The Rail and City Square Steakhouse in Wooster. He noted that an employee drove to Cincinnati to pick up the beers because they aren’t available here.
The Rail also is looking to feature other Ohio breweries not available in this area in the future.
The annual BrewFest Wooster is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Wooster Hospitality Transit, 1450 Spruce St. Extension, Wooster.
All proceeds benefit the Wayne Center for the Arts.
The event will feature the following breweries: Bell’s, Canton, Dogfish Head, Fat Head’s, Founders, Great Lakes, Green Flash, Hoppin’ Frog, Jackie O’s, JAFB, Lager Heads, Lagunitas, Millersburg, Royal Docks, Scenic, Southern Tier, The Brew Kettle, Thirsty Dog, Troegs and Urban Artifact.
In addition to the beer, the event features food and music. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For more details, go to: www.brewfestwooster.com.
New Belgium Brewing Co. is bringing its special sour beer tasting called “Lost in the Woods” to Cleveland.
The Fort Collins, Colo., brewery will host the event from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 6 at Rustbelt Reclamation, 1427 E. 36th St.
The tasting will showcase the 2016 Transatlantique Kriek, a wood-aged sour cherry ale, brewed in collaboration with Belgium’s Oud Beersel brewery. The party also will feature New Belgium’s 2016 La Folie, the sour brown that launched New Belgium’s wood beer program in 1997. La Folie received a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival.
There also will be food pairings and live music by David Wong and Mistar Anderson. Tickets are $35, with a portion of ticket proceeds going to Minds Matter Cleveland. For reservations, go to:?tinyurl.com/z3p9pdo.
Beer Mile coming
Cleveland will host the National Beer Mile racing series this year.
The Atlanta-based group has announced the first 15 cities that will host races, with the Cleveland event set for May 21 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
The competition involves runners drinking a beer and then running a lap, drinking a beer and then running a lap … until they’ve polished off four beers and run a mile.
Co-founders Kevin Cregan and Rob Goldstein started the social competition in the late 1980s. Organizers estimate that more than 125,000 runners will participate this year.
Other cities in the series include Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami and Atlanta.
Organizers say they haven’t determined which beers will be served in Cleveland, but they hope to work with local breweries.
Tickets are on sale now, with early general admission tickets going for $35. There also is a VIP package that includes a swag bag. For more details on the Cleveland event or for tickets, go to: www.?nationalbeermile.com.
•?The website Thrillist has listed Fat Head’s in North Olmsted and Hoppin’ Frog in Akron among its list of “The Best Breweries in America for Eating.” For the full list, check out: www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/best-brewery-food.
•?Samuel Adams has released three new beers on nitrogen as part of its Samuel Adams Nitro Project: Nitro White Ale, Nitro IPA and Nitro Coffee Stout.
•?The United Way of Portage County’s third annual beer fundraiser Feb. 21 at Ray’s Place in Kent is sold out. For details about the United Way, check out: www.uwportage.org.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.