The globally touted Cleveland, OH beer scene is adding a new event this spring. The MSA home to award winning craft beer brands like Fat Head’s and Great Lakes and fast expanding breweries like Platform and Market Garden is soon launching a brand new craft beer festival dedicated to pouring Beer Made Here.
The Believeland Beer Fest will take place on Saturday, April 28 at the Huntington Convention Center and will benefit the Cleveland chapter of A Special Wish Foundation. Tickets are on sale now — fans can choose between multiple ticket package options and are encouraged to take advantage of the Early Bird special by March 31.
“This is a party for Cleveland, celebrating all things Cleveland,” said Cleveland native Elaine Lau and her husband Nathan Barnhart, who founded Believeland Beer Fest. “What better way to celebrate than with the best beer in the Land.”
The first 45 of 60 breweries pouring over 150 beers have been announced and published on the Believeland Beer Fest website. In addition to local Cleveland craft breweries, favorites from Akron, Athens, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo will all be in attendance to serve up some of their tastiest suds.
In its focus on all things Cleveland, Believeland Beer Fest is boasting more than just beer. Local sports fans will be thrilled to know that the event will have some Grand Marshal appearances from Browns legends Earnest Byner and Kevin Mack. Contests will commence with their help, culminating with the presentation of trophies to their winners. Right in line with the beer fest’s sports theme, it even has its own fight song, which attendees can learn ahead of time and will be encouraged to sing while sampling the great beers of the Buckeye State.
As of the publishing of this post, the Ohio Craft Brewers Association lists 208 member breweries on its website. The number of breweries currently in operation in Ohio is estimated by some to be over 250, with around 75 of those being located in Northeast Ohio. In 2017, the national Brewers Association reported that Ohio ranked 26th in craft breweries per capita, with Ohio craft beer having an approximate economic impact of $2.7 billion (7th) and producing approximately 1.4 million barrels of beer annually.
Our contacts have promised updates on brewery participants as they join the event and that more announcements are to come leading up to the day of the festival.