Tuesday, July 12, 2011

7th Annual Blues & Brews Saturday, August 6th

Check out Blues & Brews, one of northeast Ohio's largest craft beer festivals, at its new home at Akron's Lock 3 Park on August 6th!  This event is presented by Winking Lizard Tavern and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company.

From 2-6pm you will be able to sample more than 200 craft beers from 73 renowned breweries including all of your Ohio favorites. Enjoy live blues music performed by the Frankie Starr Band and bid on great brewery swag at the always-popular silent auction.

Interested in getting in early and sampling 21 limited edition and barrel aged beers and get lunch courtesy of the Winking Lizard??  Then purchase Brewers Circle tickets and get early admission from 12-2pm along with general admission from 2-6pm.

Proceeds from Blues & Brews benefit Guns and Hoses and Ohio Craft Brewers Association, with additional support provided to other Akron-area
charities including Child Guidance & Family Solutions, One of a Kind Pets and the Humane Society of Greater Akron.

Lock 3 park is located at 200 South Main Street in Akron, OH. Free parking is available on both sides of Lock 3 in parking garages.

If you would like to volunteer to help at the event click here

Tickets
1. Brewer's Circle: 12-6 pm $55.00
Includes: early admission from 12-2 pm, tastes of 21 limited edition and barrel aged beers, lunch, a commemorative 3 oz. tasting glass, and 25 tasting tickets to enjoy during general admission from 2-6 pm. (Brewer's Circle tickets are $60 at the door, if available.)

2. General Admission: 2-6 pm $35.00
Includes: commemorative 3 oz. tasting glass and 25 tasting tickets. (General Admission tickets are $40 at the door, if available.)

3. Designated Driver $10.00
Must accompany Brewer's Circle (from 12-6 pm) or General Admission (from 2-6 pm) ticket holder. Not valid as stand-alone ticket. Includes lunch. (Designated Driver tickets are $10 at the door, if available.)

4. Group Discount Tickets $30.00
Buy 10 or more tickets and save $5 each! Includes: commemorative 3 oz. tasting glass and 25 tasting tickets. (General Admission tickets are $40 at the door, if available.)

Tickets can be purchased at: http://bluesnbrews2011.eventbrite.com/

 Participating Brewery List
30 Featured Ohio Breweries:
Barleys
Black Box Brewing Co.
Black Swamp Brewing
Buckeye Brewing Company
Cellar Rats Brewery
Columbus Brewing
Cornerstone Brewing
Elevator Brewing Company
Fat Heads Brewery
Gordon Biersch
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Hoppin' Frog
Indigo Imp Brewery
Jackie O's
Lager Heads Brewing Co.
Main Street
Market Garden Brewery
Marrietta Brewing
Maumee Bay
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Ohio Brewing Company
Rocky River Brewing Company
Rust Belt Brewing Company
Samuel Adams
The Brew Kettle Production Works
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Weasel Boy
Willoughby Brewing Company
Wooden Shoe

Other Breweries:
21st Amendment
3 Fontaine
Achel
Alltech
Anchor
Anderson Valley
Avery
Ayinger
Bear Republic
Bells
Breckenridge
Brew Dog
Brewery Unibroue
Cantillon
DeDolle
Dixie
Dogfish Head
Duvel
Flying Dog
Fort Collins
Founders
Gaffel
Goose Island
Great Divide
Green Flash
Gulden Draak
Heavy Seas
Hoffbrau
Ithaca
Jever
Jolly Pumpkin
JW Dundee
Lagunitas
Left Hand
Leiffmans
Lindemanns
Looking Glass
Magic Hat
Mardseous
Meantime
New Holland
North Coast
Ommegang
Red Hook
Reutburger
Rochfort
Samuel Smith
Schneider
Schonramer
Shiner Brewery
Sierra Nevada
Smuttynose
Stella Artois
Stone
Straub
The Breury
Troegs
Victory
Widmer Brothers

Retro Beer Station:
Gennesee
Old Milwaukee
PBR
Red Stripe
Schlitz
Strohs

GIVEAWAY
Blues & Brews has been kind enough to give me TWO Brewer's Circle Tickets to give away to one lucky reader.

The winner of the Giveaway is comment #23!

There are 5 ways to Enter The Giveaway
*You must leave a separate comment on this post for each Entry!*
If you post it to your twitter or facebook wall please let me know who you are so I can verify.

Standard Entry
1. Leave one comment on this post telling me would like to win and what beer you hope to see at the event.
Bonus Entries
2. Click "Like" on my Facebook Page and post this on your Facebook Wall:
Check out the Giveaway that @ClevelandFoodandBrewsReviews is doing for Blues & Brews at http://tinyurl.com/bluesnbrews

3. Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following: 
Check out the Blues & Brews giveaway that @clefoodandbrews is doing at: http://tinyurl.com/bluesnbrews -Please RT-#craftbeer #beer

4. Become a follower of both my Food Blog and Craftbeer Blog through NetworkedBlogs

5. Add the Food Blog and Craftbeer Blog to your GoogleReader

Rules: 
--You have until Tuesday, July 19th 2011 at 9am EST to enter.
--The winner will be picked at random using Random.org.
--Only comments left on this post will count.  If you tweet, facebook or enter in any other way be sure to leave a comment here telling me you did it.  
--You must leave a SEPARATE comment for each Entry, otherwise your entry will only count once.  
--Each separate comment is numbered in the order they are posted.  The comment that matches the Random.org number wins!!
--Winner has 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 


Disclosure:  I have been given 2 brewers circle tickets to give away and been provided with a media pass to cover the event.

49 comments:

  1. We've been to 4 of the last 6 Blues & Brews, and always find a new beer to enjoy. Highlights from previous years have included stout ice cream from Thirsty Dog, Jackie O's Kentucky Monk, Hoppin Frog's Cafe BORIS and Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger. In fact, we first discovered both Hoppin Frog and Jackie O's because of this festival- and both are now favorites. I can't wait to see what we discover this year!

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  2. Would love a chance to hit up Akron and see a bit of a spotlight on all the great things coming out of there, Hopping Frog, Thirsty Dog, etc (wait, what's with Akron and animal named breweries!).

    Hope to try some wood-aged beers & hopefully expand my taste for smoked beers as it's a style I've not yet had enough of to determine what I'm looking for from.

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  3. edit - I also shared the link on my Facebook.

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  4. Following on Twitter and RT'd by @rolub

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  5. I've never been to this event but it sounds like a lot of fun! I'm always interested in trying new beers. I am looking forward to trying Great Lakes Cellar Dweller!

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  6. I'd hope to see Dogfish Head send something that isn't bottled; Rehoboth Beach is just too far for a roadie.

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  7. I tweeted about the giveaway.

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  8. I posted this to my Facebook wall. (under Bill's account,)

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  9. Hoping to try Jackie O's and some Hoppin Frog BA (always a favorite!)

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  10. Tweeted "Check out the Blues & Brews giveaway that @clefoodandbrews is doing at: http://tinyurl.com/bluesnbrews -Please RT-#craftbeer #beer"

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  11. I'd love to win this contest. I am hopeful that Jackie O's makes an appearance, as they were there 2 years ago. I'd love to try their Dark Apparition Nuts.

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  12. I'd love to win - I haven't yet been to blues & brews. As far as beers go, I'd really just like to try something new from a local Ohio brewery.

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  13. Your Food and Craft Beer Blog are on my GoogleReader.

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  14. I follow both your Food Blog and Craft Beer Blog through Networked Blogs.

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  15. I already 'like' you on FB & posted the information about the contest on my wall.

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  16. I'm already following you on twitter and tweeted the contest info!

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  17. I am following your blog on NetworkedBlogs

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  18. I added your blog to my GoogleReader listings.

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  19. August 6th is my cat's 8th birthday but I'll go to this event if I win. And I hope to see Lagunitas beers there!

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  20. I already "like" you on facebook and I posted your link to my wall. Name: Laura Lozar. thanks.

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  21. If I won the ticket giveaway I'd like to see some Jackie O's offerings there. I've read a lot about them but, not having a car of my own, don't have the chance to up and drive down to Athens any time I please.

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  22. And I just tweeted about the contest at @SonofCle.

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  23. Aaaaaand I already follow the blogs on Google Reader.

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  24. Definitely would love to experience the barrel aged beers! I am hoping that whippet wheat from Thirsty Dog is plentiful there as well great summer brew!

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  25. Tweeted again, I want to win!

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  26. Your food and craft beer are on my blog (http://craftbeerloser.blogspot.com/)

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  27. I tweeted the entry to the contest from @SPappadaPhD

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  28. Would be great if Pizza Port would be there

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  29. I would like to go and try anything from Jackie O's (assuming they are there). Never been.

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  30. Not sure if we have tickets yet but we Like you on the Book and re-posted your link on the Barley Whine wall. Hope to see you all in Akron!

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  31. Would love to win some tickets to the Brewer's Circle. Really would love to try Cafe BORIS (I have missed it every time it has been around) and I am sure Brad from Jackie O's will bring something good (hopefully Rum Barrel Oil of Aphrodite).

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  32. Both blogs added to Google Reader for a bonus entry!

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  33. Posted on my Facebook wall for a bonus entry!

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  34. I'd love to win tickets to the Brewer's Circle! My fiance and I just moved to the Midwest and LOVE BEER. If I went, I could write about it at Ladies of Craft Beer!

    I'd love to see Dogfish Head-- I miss them! They no longer distribute in WI and that makes me sad. Theobroma was the beer that started my love of suds!

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  35. Following your blog with Google Reader

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  36. Can't wait to go to this event!! Perfect way to spend the birthday weekend.

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  37. Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! I would love to see any IPA at the festival!

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  38. I follow on twitter and retweeted about event!!

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  39. I would love to win and be able to do this on Saturday and the Vintage Ohio Wine Fest on Friday! How fun would THAT be!? :) And I'd LOVE to try all of Hoppin' Frogs beers!

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  40. I follow you on Twitter & Posted here:

    http://twitter.com/#!/Itsahero/status/92255540918489088

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  41. And I follow both blogs via google reader! :)

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  42. I would love to win and definitely want to try any Thirsty Dog and Dogfish Head I haven't been able to have yet.

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  43. I also posted a contest entry via Twitter.

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  44. I follow your blog via Google Reader.

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