2017 Cleveland Beer Week: Things to know before you go

It’s time to raise a pint to the ninth annual Cleveland Beer Week.

Cleveland Beer Week is a not-for-profit, 10-day celebration to raise awareness of the craft beer industry and promote patronage at local establishments. Proceeds from the events go to the Malone Scholarship Fund, which helps students with funds for college.

In addition to the main flagship events, the week features 300 keg-tapping and beer-sipping events throughout greater Cleveland.

Here are some things you should know:

• Cleveland Beer Week runs Oct. 13 through the 22. Admission, hours and locations vary across Northeast Ohio. Every event is 21 and over only.

• The first day of Cleveland Beer Week will feature a Collaboration Kickoff in downtown Willoughby, Lakewood, Ohio City, Tremont and East Bank Flats — all at 7 p.m. Admission for each kickoff is $25, and tickets can only be purchased in advance. The first day opening ceremonies divide the region into teams by turf with 33 local breweries creating seven small-batch collaboration IPAs brewed for just the event.

• Oct. 14 features a Belgium Social and a Where’s Dale? Liquid Scavenger Hunt. Admission to the Belgium Social, at Butcher and the Brewer (2043 E. Fourth St. in Cleveland), is $45 ($20 for designated driver), and tickets must be purchased in advance. The social includes Belgium beers and food. The Liquid Scavenger Hunt is 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Bourbon Street Barrel Room (2393 Professor Ave. in Cleveland). Admission is $25, which includes beer samples.

• On Oct. 15, a Clam Jam (or a clambake tailgate) is happening at South Side, 2207 W. 11th St. in Cleveland. Admission is $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• On Oct. 16, find a “Deep Brew Sea” event from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Admission if $60 for VIP, which includes early entry, three extra tasting tickets and an additional raffle ticket. Regular admission is $45 and includes 15 five-ounce drinks and food.

• On Oct. 17, the Culture Yourself event is at the Great Lakes Brewing Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave. in Cleveland. Advance tickets are required at $45 per person for 20 beer samples and cheese pairings. Designated driver tickets are $20 for food only. The event is 6 to 9 p.m.

• On Oct. 18, the Off Shore Pour on the Nautica Queen will take beer lovers on a three-hour cruise on Lake Erie with “15 of the best craft breweries in the world.” Advance tickets are required at $45. Admission includes the cruise, 20 beer samples and a pasta station. The event is 6 to 10 p.m.

• Oct. 19 features the Farm Crawl, a flagship event that combines offerings from breweries across the country with Mapleside Farms. The event is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and advance tickets are required at $45 per person, which include 15 sample pours, food and fall-related activities.

• On Oct. 20, beers lovers can choose from two events: CBW Ales on Rails and Chocolate and Beer. CBW Ales on Rails is from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and includes a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, a boxed supper and seven craft brews; tickets for coach and metro cars are $49, dining car admission is $69, and a family and friends four-pack of coach seats is $160. Chocolate and Beer is 6 top 8 p.m. at Heinen’s Downtown Rotunda; tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $40 per person and include beer and chocolate samples. A date-night special for Chocolate and Beer is available at $75 per couple.

• On Oct. 21, the week will wrap up with RARE, one of the most popular events from 2016 Cleveland Beer Week. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. at the Wolstein Conference Center (200 Prospect Ave. in Cleveland) with tickets priced at $100 per person. The steep admission gives beer loves a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to taste beers they may “only read, hear or dream about.” Tickets to RARE include 15 pour tickets and a buffet dinner.

• For more information, visit www.clevelandbeerweek.org.

• For a full schedule of events, visit www.clevelandbeerweek.org/Events or www.facebook.com/pg/ClevelandBeerWeek/events.

• The official hashtag for the event is #CLEbeerweek

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