When: Fri., Oct. 10 2014
While many Clevelanders mourn the passing of summer, craft beer connoisseurs look forward to the falling of the leaves. After all, October signifies the imminent arrival of Cleveland Beer Week. Now in its sixth year, this countywide celebration shines a spotlight on the craft beer culture curated by Cleveland area breweries, restaurants, tap rooms and bottle shops. The party begins tonight with collaboration crawls in Lakewood, Ohio City, Tremont and along East Fourth Street. This year, event organizers paired selected Cleveland area breweries with regional and national partners. Great Lakes teamed up with Colorado's Oskar Blues to craft Yadig, a tart, hoppy German wheat beer. Buckeye Brewing and Saugatuck of Douglas, Mich., partnered up for an English mild ale called OH-MI! while the Brew Kettle and Pennsylvania's Full Pint formulated and brewed Dead Canary Grisette. Rounding out the pack of five collaborations are Brooklyn Dog from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and Brooklyn Brewery, and Fat Devil, a black India pale lager from Fat Head's and the lager masters at Virginia's Devils Backbone. The collaboration beers will make limited appearances around town, but the crawls are the only way to get the first fills of all five. Tonight's crawl starts at 7 and runs until 10. Tickets are $25. (Robert Massie) clevelandbeerweek.org.