by Brit Charek
If there's one thing that makes a nice summer day better, it's beer.
As the daughter, sister, and wife of homebrewers, I've been lucky enough to learn about the not just the effects of a good brew, but to appreciate the rich culture of the Microbrew community. (My very first Akron Empire post back in 2012 was about one of my favorite local beer spots: the tasting room at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.-- click here to see that post again!)
And boy do we have a booming craft beer community in Akron right now!
The Akron Ale Fest plans to showcase that. It will take place this Saturday, July 25th, from 1 to 5 p.m. under a large tent at the Trolley Barn.
The tasting will focus on newer and emerging breweries — especially those in Northeast Ohio — as a way to separate itself from other beer events.
“We really want to make sure we’re featuring the newest breweries and the breweries that people might not have been to yet,” organizer Mathias King said.
"Almost all of the breweries pouring at Akron Ale Fest are in Summit County or adjacent counties and they have very limited distribution or they aren't even distributing beer outside of their tasting room yet," King said. "I'm very excited for people to possibly discover breweries they haven't been to yet, and to enjoy their beer enough to go to the taproom in the near future."
For a complete list of participating brewers, visit the Fest's website.
Akron Ale Fest will also feature local cusine from Nuevo Modern Mexican, Urban Eats Cafe, The Pierogi Lady, the Orange Truk and Stray Dog Cart for your snacking needs.
Also featured is a handmade marketplace organized by the fine folks at Crafty Mart, featuring beer-themed goods created by local artists.
You can learn more about featured brewers, makers and food entrepreneurs on Akron Ale Fest's blog.
Tickets are $45 and include 23 tickets (in honor of our hometown hero LeBron James's victory over the weekend!) for beer tastings from over 20 breweries. Designated Driver tickets are also available and include soda from NORKA Beverage Co. Click here to get your ticket!