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Cleveland Beer Week Continues

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Bedford Heights, Ohio – Cleveland Beer Week, a week-long celebration of craft brews, continues this week with special tastings, festivals, and dinners all this week. This is the first annual event of its kind in northeast Ohio.

cleveland_beer_weekThroughout the week, nearly 700 events—including ale tastings, beer dinners and crawls, talks and demonstrations, leisure activities, and drink specials—will be offered at more than 120 bars, taverns, restaurants, grocers, specialty beverage stores, and other retail and purchase locations throughout the region.

The opening ceremony took place October 16 at Winking Lizard’s Independence location. Special guests Senator Tom Patton and WMJI radio host Jimmy Malone tapped the ceremonial kegs of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Cleveland Brown Ale and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company’s Belgian Imperial Stout.

John Najeway, president of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association and co-owner of Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, said this week is dedicated to raising awareness of the American and imported craft brew industry and also to promoting patronage at local establishments. “With the number of stellar breweries in our region, as well as the enormous popularity of craft brews both here and across the nation, it seems only fitting that our brewers, retailers, specialty stores, and distributers join together to launch Cleveland Beer Week as a week-long educational celebration,” Najeway said.

Cleveland Beer Week will conclude with BREWzilla, a monster of a beer tasting, to be held on October 24 from 6-11PM at The Arcade in downtown Cleveland. BREWzilla will feature more than 50 breweries and tasting stations, appetizers and other culinary delights that pair well with craft brews, entertainment, and a guest appearance by Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Company.