Win a pair of VIP Tickets to Columbus Winter Beerfest

Written by on January 10, 2012 in Events - 84 Comments

Winter Beerfest is only days away, and we want to hook you up with a pair of VIP tickets!

The Winter Beerfest offers more than 260 beers including new Columbus brewery Four String, new-to-be-distributed-here 3 Floyds, new-to-Ohio styles from Yuengling, and new-to-the-festival Ohio breweries Weasel Boy from Zanesville and Cellar Rat from Madison. The full beer list is available online.

Doors open Saturday at 7:30 – the $30 advance, $40 at the door ticket buys you 25 tasting tickets each good for a 5oz sample. Designated driver tickets are also available for $15. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $40 advance/$50 door, which includes a souvenir glass and one hour earlier admission to the tasting. You can purchase tickets online.

DRINK UP COLUMBUS GIVEAWAY: We’ve got one pair of VIP tickets with your name on ‘em. Well, your name isn’t actually ON them. We can write it on the envelope they are in if you want.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment telling us why you want to attend! For a bonus entry, tweet a link to this post and use the hashtag #drinkupcbus. (You must first leave a comment on this post for your Tweet entry to be counted.) Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email by 5pm Thursday, January 12. Winner must be able to pick up tickets Friday afternoon or at the Drink Up Columbus Four String Brewing party Friday evening.

UPDATE: Congrats to Ed VanWinkle for winning the tickets!

About the Author

Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

84 Comments on "Win a pair of VIP Tickets to Columbus Winter Beerfest"

  1. Colleen January 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Reply

    It’d be a great road trip to enjoy craft beer, which I’ve been enjoying for 5 years. It would also be a fun road trip!

  2. Tony January 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Reply

    I would love to win these tickets because I love craft beer and would like to enjoy some of the best craft beer around with fellow lovers of the brew. Winning these tickets would make my winter! lol

  3. Matt Harkleroad January 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Reply

    I just had a baby and winning the tickets would go a long way in convincing my wife to let me leave the house to go to this.

  4. Brandy Jordan January 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM · Reply

    Well I am a beer lover but was basically being too cheap post holidays to buy tickets. I also thought I should keep some sort of semblance of dedication to my stupid new years resolution but at this point screw it…I want free tix :)

  5. Christina January 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Reply

    I just had a baby, and I need a beer! :-)

  6. Micah Siegmund January 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM · Reply

    I should win the tix because I have acted responsibly and already made arrangements for a designated driver!

  7. Mark Florig January 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Reply

    I love Ohio, and love beer. Would love nothing better then start off 2012 with local beer!

    • Brandie January 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM · Reply

      Can I submit a second nomination for Flo to win? :)

      • Cheryl Harrison January 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM · Reply

        No – you can give him the ticket I gave you, though ;)

  8. Eric Schneider January 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM · Reply

    I LOVE beer! ;)

  9. Kelly O'Connor January 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM · Reply

    Because beer is awesome. Craft beer is even better. Free craft beer is nirvana.

  10. Marie Gibbons January 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Reply

    Fabulous opportunity to try many beers, and would force me to find a date!

  11. John January 10, 2012 at 10:18 AM · Reply

    My wife loves beer and, as this falls the day after her birthday, it would make a wonderful birthday gift!

  12. Mark Van Horn January 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM · Reply

    I have never been to Beerfest. I have always wanted to go. I drink a lot of craft beer so an event like this would be very exciting for me. :) It would be really cool to shoot some video there too.

  13. Brent Havey January 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Reply

    I took my friend from out of town to the event last year – we had a great time! Having an early start is even better! would love to go again this year :)

  14. ryan January 10, 2012 at 10:25 AM · Reply

    I want them so I can give them to my bartender. I need to serve him a beer for a change.

  15. Jessica Gerhardt January 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Reply

    I would LOVE to win these :) My boyfriend and I are planning to go but I could totally use the free pair ! Follow you on twitter as well! #beerplease

  16. Dan Kasun January 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM · Reply

    Turns out – I am the worlds greatest beer taster and if I don’t get to attend this event – well, you wouldn’t want the fate of the world to hinge on your decision to not give me tickets, right? Don’t let the terrorists and the Mayans win. Do the right thing.

  17. Paul W January 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM · Reply

    Love trying new breweries so I’m excited to see what Four String has on tap.

  18. Chris January 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Reply

    I want the tickets because I’ve blacked out at the last three beerfests and, damnit, I want to try and remembe this one!

  19. Erin January 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Reply

    So many beers to try, and so little time!

  20. Melissa Wheeler January 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Reply

    I love craft beer and would love the chance to have special access to the limited edition kegs! Thanks for picking me :)

  21. Kelly Brown January 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Reply

    I would love to be VIP for this event so I can hook up my cousin Patrick for his birthday. We would make good use of the extra hour! I’ll retweet this link for sure. It’ll be from @aka_kbreezy. #drinkupcbus!

  22. JK January 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM · Reply

    Eveyone on here may have just had a baby…..but my beer belly is still radiant and need of some solid craft beer. Yeah, I’m playing the sympathy card….sympathy that only hops can cure.

  23. Bryan January 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM · Reply

    I was lying peacefully in my bed when the Lord Tim Tebow said unto me, “You must get these.”

  24. Courtney Cooper January 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Reply

    I am a HUGE beer lover! Plus:

    1. My boyfriend just celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday, and this is a super awesome gift
    2. We just made our first home brew last weekend – so this would be the perfect ending to a beer-focused birthday week!


  25. Ian January 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM · Reply

    Because free beer is not just a clever bandname!

  26. Joel P January 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Reply

    I’d like to attend so that I can convince the Three Floyds reps to find a way to get more of their offerings into Ohio!

  27. Katy January 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM · Reply

    1/14 is my boyfriend’s birthday! Would love to surprise him with tickets!

  28. Leonard Mack January 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Reply

    I’d love to win these tickets to help my beer nerdness grow. Nothing would be better than going to enjoy so many of the best beers around VIP style. I could even write my review of the show and submit it to DrinkUpColumbus so that everyone who missed out would know what they missed. Pick me! Pick me!

  29. Steve Kirby January 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Reply

    This week is the busiest of the year at work. I think that being amongst 260 beers would do wonders for my stress level.

  30. Jeff Squire January 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Reply

    I can’t wait try so many delicious craft beers.

  31. Chris January 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Reply

    Because free beer is always awesome and free craft beer is even better

  32. Nicholas Hale January 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Reply

    I love me some good beer! Never been to this fest before would love to check it esp to support the local craft breweries!

  33. James Harris January 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM · Reply

    I’d like to attend so me and my brother Nicholas Hale from a few comments before me can have one last hoorah before I leave the state. His birthday is coming up too, so it wouldnt be a bad gift.

  34. Cake Betch January 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Reply

    Because drinking beer is pretty much my life and I am too broke from the holidays to be able to afford a ticket!

  35. Megan Severs January 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM · Reply

    I would personally like to redeem myself for bad life decisions from last year’s event. So, WIN WIN!

  36. Soma January 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM · Reply

    I’m attending cause I love drinking beer in general, love trying new beers and love drinking beer with company (and 6000 people is a lot of company)! plus I love the movie beerfest so have to go for that reason alone!

  37. Halvorsen January 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM · Reply

    I did not go last year and wasn’t going to go this year because I had no idea it was this weekend. I’d like to go and winning tickets would be a sure way for me to attend.

  38. Ed VW January 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM · Reply

    I’ve got my brother and Dad in law all in town and we’re all homebrewers! We’d love to be able to taste and talk great brew together. There are only a couple things that we all really enjoy and delicious brew is the top contender, and immediate topic of conversation. Not only would we be doing our tastebuds and liver the justice they deserve, we’d also be helping support the illustrious world of wonderful suds!


  39. Chris January 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM · Reply

    I live in Columbus, OH, the capital of budweiser, miller, and coors…it would be nice to go somewhere and try something new that won’t cost me $10 a beer (coughworldofbeerscough)

  40. Cassie January 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM · Reply

    This would make a great date for my fiancee and I!

  41. Gregg January 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM · Reply

    Beer is good! Beer is good! Beer is good…and stuff!

  42. chris pannell January 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM · Reply

    This is one of the best beer related events in Ohio. Very well ran event.

  43. Suzanne Haussermann January 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM · Reply

    Beer is for me. Free beer is DEFINITELY for me.

  44. tom jones January 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM · Reply

    im very beer friendly ;)

  45. Jason Wheeler January 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM · Reply

    Looking forward to the beer fest. Drink Up Columbus is awesome. Free Beer!!!

  46. Steve January 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM · Reply

    Beer is yummy! Time for a roadtrip!!!

  47. Sean January 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM · Reply

    I want to go because beer makes life worth living. It is the nectar of the gods and I can’t imagine a better way to spend a Saturday than imbibing some tasty brews!

  48. Greg January 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM · Reply

    I love beer, I love Columbus and most of all I love drinkupcbus!!

  49. Shane Laake January 10, 2012 at 8:53 PM · Reply

    Nothing makes a dreary Columbus winter) hasn’t really been dreary yet, but it’s coming) better than good beer!

  50. Andy January 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM · Reply

    To get my beer geek on!

  51. Scott January 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM · Reply


  52. Darrell Williams January 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Reply

    Why wouldn’t I want to go to the Columbus Beerfest

  53. Adam Lehman January 11, 2012 at 11:19 AM · Reply

    I’m already going and would love to bring some friends who are looking to score tix. !

  54. Amy January 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM · Reply

    This couldn’t come at a better freakin time. My younger sister is coming to visit for the weekend. I’ve lived in Ohio and she’s NEVER been to see me. She lives in Boulder, CO is a beer snob and brags about Great American Beerfest. I looked up tickets for this yesterday, but just couldn’t swing that much money. The heavens are aligned and this would be SO MUCH FUN.

  55. Brian Musick January 11, 2012 at 11:28 AM · Reply

    I’d love to win because I love craft beers, I’ve never attended this event, and it’s only a short 3 hour road trip for me!

  56. Alyssa January 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Reply

    I’m a 21-year-old college student and need to be exposed to better beers than Natural Light

  57. Josh L. January 11, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Reply

    Just had my 21st birthday, and would love to expand my taste palette with good beers that I’ve probably never even heard of before!

  58. Stephen Attar January 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Reply

    My 21st birthday is on Saturday and I can’t think of a better way to spend it!

  59. John Greenzalis January 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM · Reply

    I can’t think of a better way to bond with my Dad than over some amazing beer in this beautiful city, my home, Columbus, Ohio.

  60. Gretchen January 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Reply

    I just celebrated my 21st birthday and would love to explore what the city has to offer. My friend and I are already interested in going and are making plans as we speak, but why not go for a pair of tickets?! College students need all the help they can get! Thank you!

  61. Ryan January 11, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Reply

    i’d love to win these tickets, because i’m super eager to try the new three floyds beers that will be there! thanks!

  62. Dan Reeve January 11, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Reply

    I live in walking distance to the event and have never been. My wife and I would really enjoy it, but our budget is tight right now.

    Thanks for the contest


  63. Brett January 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Reply

    My wife and I have a sitter and a date night planned for Saturday. If win these tickets, I get out of seeing TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, and we will have date night at the beer fest instead!

  64. rob rehm January 11, 2012 at 2:53 PM · Reply

    We need to research for our next recepie, maybe another dark Ipa or a stout. We may even find something to add to one of our existing recepies. Remember, home brewing isnt a hobby, it’s an obsession.

  65. Nathaniel January 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM · Reply

    I love great craft beer, and it loves me too, I have the belly to prove it. I know some friends who are going and it would be great to have tickets to join them.


  66. Meghan H. January 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Reply

    I’d like to take my husband, who loves craft beer. His bachelor party involved going to last years CBus Beerfest with his friends, and I’d like to share the experience with him now that we’re married!

  67. rayy January 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Reply

    I always enjoy tasting new and/or unique brews and talking with the brewers or their reps. Have heard many good things about Weasel Boy, and I know the 3 Floyds stuff is good.

  68. Jim P. January 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Reply

    Me like beer!

  69. Zarah January 11, 2012 at 4:47 PM · Reply

    Went with my dad before, and had a blast bonding!

  70. Nicole miller January 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM · Reply

    My wife and I would live to go to celebrate our three year anniversary on our one kidless weekend. Sounds like a great time trying out different kinds of beer!

  71. michael c. January 11, 2012 at 8:28 PM · Reply

    My wifes 41st birthday is saturday….she said that all she wanted for her birthday is 2 vip tickets to the winter beerfest so her husband can enjoy many different craft breweries with many different styles (yes, I am a beer geek). More importantly, I can introduce my wife some different styles of beer that she may not otherwise try. Also, we have 4 children, and we very rarely get the opportunity to go out. This would allow us an excuse to get a babysitter and go out for some 1 on 1 time (babysitting cost for 4 children is very expensive, but with the tickets given to us, it would help with this expense). Thanks!

  72. Jenny Cordts January 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM · Reply

    My husband brews his own beer and loves trying different craft beers. His birthday is also this weekend. We have a 3 year old and 7 month old twins and hardley EVER get a night out! This would be the perfect birthday gift for him :)

  73. Shayne Caples January 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM · Reply

    Would be a great way to cap off my stay-cation and would be sweet redemption as I couldn’t go last year (and actually have never attended yet)! Plus would be a great way to treat a friend!

  74. Revae January 12, 2012 at 2:03 AM · Reply

    I LOVE BEER. simple. as. that.

  75. Sam Williams January 12, 2012 at 7:24 AM · Reply

    I’m conducting research on what to brew next.

  76. Michael January 12, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Reply

    I’m cheap and like good beer. Why else would I want the tickets?

  77. C Anderson January 12, 2012 at 9:20 AM · Reply

    An event that brings great joy to many! Have fun! Drink well! and be safe!
    Cheers Columbus!

  78. Brian Bernard January 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Reply

    This would be a great opportunity for my fiancee and I to celebrate our engagement! We both love trying new beers and are always looking for Ohio getaways.

  79. Brian Whitaker January 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Reply

    Still learning about the local craft beers and finding some wife enjoys too. Sounds like a good time.

  80. Ryan Smith January 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Reply

    Hey Drink Up Columbus.. would love the oppertunity represent y’all and your free tix Saturday evening.. I am already planning to attend the Friday night event for Four String. I actually helped organize a group of 14 that are coming there for the tasting before hitting the OSU hockey game. Look for the bonus tweet in just a few moments from OhioStateSmitty. Cheers! Ryan

  81. Kevin January 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Reply

    The best opportunity to try new and many local brews

  82. Bobby Baker January 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM · Reply

    I’m 40 beers away from trying every beer in O-H-I-O

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