Veteran Brewhouse is for sale.

Founder and brewer Don Welch is retiring for health reasons and is opting to sell the equipment for the 55-gallon nanobrewery, located in Ashland. The equipment includes recipes, fermenters, a cooler and kegs.

"I’d like to sell it as a brewery," he said.

Veteran has no tasting room so it's the brewing system that's up for sale as opposed to the equipment and a building. Welch self-distributes his beer to local accounts.

He said he's asking $14,000.

"I’m 70 years old," Welch said. "I’m not getting any younger. I’ve been brewing for 25 years."

Welch, who founded the former Wooden Pony brewery in Mansfield in the mid-1990s, posted the news about the brewery being for sale last week on Facebook. He said he's received several inquiries so far.

He opened Veteran two years ago.

Anyone interested in purchasing the brewing system can send Welch an email at Don.VBH@gmail.com and he will provide a list of the equipment.

New festival

Portage County will be home to a new beer festival.

The inaugural Kent Craft Beer Fest, organized by the Kent Jaycees, is set for 2 to 7 p.m. May 18.

The event, to be held on North Water Street in downtown Kent, will showcase 20 breweries: Akronym, Bookhouse, Clubhouse, Elevator, Fat Head's, Headtrip, HiHO, Hop Tree, Lock 15, MadCap, McArthur's, Market Garden, Masthead, Missing Falls, Platform, R. Shea, Saucy, Sibling Revelry, Terrestrial and Two Monks.

The beer fest will feature local food vendors — Grazers, Roll Call, Burnside Barbecue and Erie St. Kitchen — along with music.

General admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets, which get you in an hour early, are $55.

For more details or tickets, go to: www.kentcraftbeerfest.com.

The Kent event will take place the same day as the inaugural North Canton Craft Beer Festival at the MAPS Air Museum in Green.

Big Tap In

Speaking of beer festivals, the Big Tap In returns Saturday following a five-year hiatus.

The event will showcase more than 200 beers. It runs from noon to 5 p.m. at the Metroplex Expo Center, 1620 Motor Inn Drive, Girard.

General admission tickets are $55. VIP tickets are sold out.

For more details, go to: https://bigtapin.com.

Happy anniversary

Phoenix Brewing Co., 131 N. Diamond St., Mansfield, is celebrating its five-year anniversary this week.

The brewery is hosting a big bash starting at noon Saturday, with the event including the release of more than 30 beers, live music and food trucks. For full details, go to: www.phoenixbrewing.com/5years.

Gray for May

The Canton Brewing Co. is hosting a “Gray for May” event on May 4 to raise awareness and money for brain cancer research.

The Canton brewpub, 120 Third St. NW, is sponsoring a 1-mile community run/walk and a 1-mile beer run. The brewery also will release a new beer called Julie on May 1.

The beer, a grisette, is named after general manager and head brewer Dylan Hamilton’s aunt Julie who died in April 2012 from brain cancer.

Proceeds from the race and $1 from each pint sold of Julie will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the Julie Mesaros Educational Endowment Fund.

Everyone who participates will get a swag bag from sponsors, a shirt and medal. The participants in the beer run also will receive a bottle opener.

The beer mile will involve people drinking four ounces of beer every quarter of a mile. Participants in the beer run must be 21 years old and older.

The community run/walk begins at 7:30 p.m., while the beer run will start at 8 p.m. The cost to participate in the walk is $25. The cost for the beer run is $30. The brewery also is accepting donations from those who don’t participate.

For more details or to sign up, go to: www.runtoyouracing.com/grayformay.

Bob Ross Experience

Fat Head’s Brewery is hosting a painting fundraiser to support the Cleveland chapter of A Special Wish Foundation.

The Middleburg Heights brewery, 17450 Engle Lake Drive, will hold “The Bob Ross Experience” from 7 to 9 p.m. May 10, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the nonprofit, which grants wishes for children with life-threatening diseases.

Bob Ross, who died in 1995, was a painter who hosted “The Joy of Painting” instructional painting show on PBS. He’s known for his afro hair style and soft-spoken approach to instruction.

Participants are asked to dress like Ross for the event.

Tickets are $45 plus a handling fee. The price includes paint supplies, a canvas, one drink ticket and a Bob Ross wig. To buy tickets, go to: www.eventbrite.com and search for "Bob Ross."

New Fat Head's beer

Speaking of Fat Head's, the brewery will release a new IPA called Strange Magic on draft Wednesday at its locations in Middleburg Heights, Canton and North Olmsted. The beer is 6.5 percent.

It also will be released in cans in June. Six-packs will sell for $9.99.

 

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his daily beer blog at www.ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.