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.



  1. 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!

  2. 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)!

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

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

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

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

  5. 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.