2nd annual cleveland beer week

free_beer-911It’s back. Craft beer aficionados, get your mugs ready. The second annual Cleveland Beer Week kicks off in a few weeks. Tastings, pairings and specialty dinners – there’s something for everyone, whether you’re curious about craft brews or a longtime beer snob. One week and  over 100 participating venues make up this local event.

The week of activities begins with the official keg tapping on October 15 with Grains vs. Grapes, which is being billed at the ultimate match-up: wine v beer. Held at Crowne Plaza, this 4-course dinner, created by chef Michael Symon, features Sam Calagione of  Dogfish Head, and Marianne Frantz with the American and Cleveland Wine Schools. Sam and Marianne will discuss craft beers and wines that they have paired with the menu and which one makes the better partner to each dish.

The menu:

  • Course 1: Root vegetable salad  with red wine and dill vinaigrette, feta, mint
  • Course 2: Lobster pierogies with wild mushrooms, crème fraiche
  • Course 3: Smoked shortribs with salsa verde, parsley and pickled chili salad
  • Course 4: Caramel cake with carrots, dates, cream cheese and walnuts

Tickets are on sale now at $75 a piece and benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund.

Like last year, CBW will end with Brewzilla on October 23 at Galleria. I was out of town last year, but heard nothing but good things about the closing party. As the name implies, this is one serious beer tasting featuring 80+ breweries, a special Ohio Brewery area and food from Heinen’s and Winking Lizard (hopefully more than last year – that is the one complaint I heard, not enough food). Like Grains v. Grapes, proceeds will benefit the Malone Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $40 a each or $65 for the Brewers Circle.

Want to go? I have two Brewers Circle tickets to give away. To be entered, leave me your toast for Cleveland (can be anything Cleveland related). I’ll pick a winner via Random.org on Monday, October 4.

Cleveland Beer Week goes social. Be sure to follow and keep up with CBW on Twitter, via Facebook and on Foursquare. While CBW isn’t a stationary event per se, they have created a page and are working with their partnering venues to offer daily specials for random check-ins, mayors and continued participation. Be sure to “manually” check-in to Cleveland Beer Week (type in Cleveland Beer Week when you check-in at a location for the page to pop up). There are lots of gift cards to area places up for grabs.

Cheers!

55 Comments

  1. Emily Lauren
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    To the Browns!

  2. John
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    “May our Cleveland sports teams be as successful as our craft beer brewers!”

  3. Sarah Rivera
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    To Mike Symon, loyal in pork and in commitment to Cleveland!

  4. Kim J.
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Beer- it’s what your right arm is for! Cheers!

  5. Erik
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    Cheers to the Indians for fighting through and not losing 100 games this year! Next year, we’re going all the way!

  6. Jessica
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Cheers to Cleveland, may your future be bright!

  7. Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Great Lakes Brewing and Cleveland’s commitment to a greener future, green beer means more than food coloring on St Patty’s Day!

  8. Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Here’s to LeBron…may he tear an ACL in Miami.

  9. Kim
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Cheers to a city that shows its scars, but also shows a ton of heart and hope for a green, bright future!

  10. Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Cleveland: Always home!

    …and we’ll be coming home for this event… yay! Although, this is the first time I heard it would be the Galleria. I really liked it at the Arcade last year. Eh.

  11. Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Cheers to a Browns championship within 5 years!!!!!

  12. Sarah L
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Cheers to Cleveland’s great beers for keeping us just buzzed enough to keep rooting for the Browns (and Cavs…and Indians…)

  13. Chris
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    The only mistake made on the lake is to fail to dive into the heart and soul of this town- the arts, the eats, the pushes for urban renewal, the history, the resilience, the ever-vibrant communities. Dive in. Taste. Share. Hope. Invest. Enjoy.
    Raise a mug to Cleveland. A hidden gem.

  14. jaybee
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    “Better days”

  15. Matthew
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    To hometown pride. Not just to pride, but to confidence that our city will see better days.

  16. Rosemarie
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    To all the great things in Cleveland that don’t get the recognition they deserve, the amazing museums, phenomenal orchestra, vibrant theatre district and most of all, awesome people!

  17. Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    “To Cleveland- where there’s always an excuse to celebrate or mourn. Cheers.”

  18. Elena
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    May we have a longer beautiful fall this year

  19. Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Here’s to more fun playing with Cleveland’s food!

  20. Margaret Furnas
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Cheers to Cleveland “cleaning house”!

  21. Greg Kutsko
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    Here’s to Cleveland. Hard working people with great ideas and crappy sports teams. May we win our championship together!

  22. Emmy
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Here’s to Cleveland!
    May she continue to be the underdog we all love to root for.

  23. Posted September 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Here’s to knowing that losing sports teams and some Winter snow does not equate to misery when you also have excellent craft brewers, talented chefs, a vibrant cultural scene, and awesome neighbors!

  24. Posted September 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Beer me

  25. steve
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    For all the loyal sports fans in Cleveland, To next year.

  26. Rob F
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    To Cleveland. Others may try to keep you down, but we know your potential and we believe! Prost!

  27. Tiffany
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    To a great town so many will never know! Let’s continue to enjoy our little secret!

  28. Posted September 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    cheers to the beautiful fall weather and the leaves that are beginning to change. i love cleveland in the fall.

  29. Bill
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Cleveland- to those of us with the good sense to live here!

  30. Brian
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Here’s to you Cleveland, a true culinary city!

  31. Melissa
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Here’s to Cleveland… May we learn from our mistakes, move past our old ways, and embrace the change that will leads us to a bright future!

  32. Jon Khanna
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    To Cleveland, my home and my heart.

  33. Posted September 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Cheers to the Browns winning at least 1 game this season!

  34. Amy Nilsen
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Here’s to Cleveland and may this winter be mild!! Bottoms up!!

  35. Posted September 30, 2010 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Cheers, to Cleveland, for its great restaurants, beer and people.

  36. Posted September 30, 2010 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    To Cleveland fans, loyal no matter how bad the team is!

  37. Brad
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Cheers to all the great microbreweries in Northeast Ohio, and all the medals they brought home from this year’s Great American Beer Festival!

  38. Posted September 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Here’s to Cleveland, a city that offers the very finest art, music, food, and living. Culture is king here!

  39. mike
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    to great lakes brewery for making such wonderful stuff!

  40. Posted September 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    To all the Cleveland breweries that make us proud!

  41. Stacy Mallardi-Stajc
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    To Cleveland…the new king of beers

  42. Dani
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    To learning to recycle!

  43. Adam
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Cheers to Cleveland, because there’s always next year!

  44. David
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Slainte! Here’s tae ye, Cleveland!

  45. Danielle
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Cheers to Cleveland for making it incredibly easy to have a great time!

  46. Sean
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Here’s to Cleveland–we may get beat up from time to time but we always come back stronger!

  47. Allison S.
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    To Cleveland….may all of your hard work and perseverance continue to result in success!

  48. Abby
    Posted October 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Cheers to Cleveland…the city I’m proud to call home. I may visit other cities but it’s always great to be home where there are so many reasons to explore, enjoy and share with others. Here’s to a future for CLE that holds so much potential.

  49. maria antoinette petronzio-troyanovich
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Cheers to Cleveland for helping me to realize (after living in Chicago and Phoenix) what a truly wonderful place you are to live, and for bringing me “home” to my hidden gem of a city!!!

  50. Posted October 2, 2010 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Raise your mugs folks to our fare-city-upon the lake! To Cleveland! To the city of memories past. To the city of futures present. To old ideas being dumped on Dike 14 and new ones paving lake access for all. Here’s to OUR CITY, the city that drinks heartily and sleeps well afterward. CHEERS!

  51. Karen Harvey
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    It doesn’t take a winning Cleveland sports team to make Cleveland a winning city. Just our winning Cleveland breweries. Here’s to a frosty pint!

  52. Ryan
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Cheers to our local brewers (Fat Head’s, Buckeye, Hoppin’ Frog, Thirsty Dog, Indigo Imp, Cornerstone, Brew Kettle, Rocky River, and Great Lakes)!

  53. Laura
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Here’s to Cleveland — a great city and my “chosen” home!

  54. Michelle V
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    We have a winner! #10 – congrats! I’ll be in touch. Thanks everyone.

  55. MattT
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    To the West Side Market, proving Cleveland has been local and sustainable before it was vogue.

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