It’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.
- 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.