North Market’s Microbrew Festival returns for another year of closing out the summer right–with cold beer and good company.
Participating breweries this year include many long-time local favorites: Barley’s Brewing Company and Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub, Columbus Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Hoster Brewing Company, Neil House Brewery and Weasel Boy Brewing Company. Other Ohio breweries including Great Black Swamp Brewing Company from Toledo, Mt. Carmel Brewing Company from Cincinnati, and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company from Akron will be in attendance this year, and with the recent onslaught of new microbreweries opening in central Ohio, a few local newcomers including Four String Brewing Co., Zauber Brewing Co., Hoof Hearted Brewing Co., and Buckeye Lake Brewery will be ready to pour for Ohio beer nerds.
Admission to the general event will be free, but $20 will get you a super serious fancy tasting glass and ten tasting tickets, along with a voucher for $5.00 worth of food at North Market. And if you stop into one of your favorite Columbus microbreweries in the next two weeks, you can pick up a $2.00 off coupon for the tasting. Purchase additional tasting tickets for $.50 if you want to get sloppy.
The tastings will take place from 5-9pm on Friday, 12-8pm Saturday, and 12-5pm Sunday. The event is moving outside this year so it will be less confined than in the past. Live music is scheduled all three days with performances local musicians Joey Hebdo, The Skashank Redemption, the Apple Bottom Gang, Fran Litterski, Miss Molly Winters, The Shaw Brothers, Hairplane, Willie Phoenix, Gipson & Fitz and others- see the full schedule on North Market’s Facebook page here.