Columbus Summer Beerfest returns for 7th year

Written by on July 18, 2016 in Beer, Events - 50 Comments

The 7th Annual Columbus Summer Beerfest is back and bigger than ever, returning to Express Live (formerly The LC) on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6.

The event will feature over 350 craft beers from more than 100 breweries from down the street and around the country. The event will feature food from Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, Sophies Gourmet Pierogi, The Beerded Pig, Kenny’s Meat Wagon, Aromaku, Sweet Tooth Twisted Ice Cream and Knotty Pine, with live music from The Winnie Cooper Project on Friday night, and Truslow and Devil’s Lettuce on Saturday night.

General Admission tickets for the Columbus Summer Beerfest, which include a souvenir mug and 25 tasting tickets, are $40 advance or $50 at the door. Early Admission tickets are available for $50 advance or $60 at the door. Through this Friday, July 22, Early Admission entry can be purchased for the same price as General Admission ($40). Designated driver tickets are also available for $20. Tickets can be purchased at

Proceeds from the event will benefit Animal Rescue Partners, Inc., a 501-C-3 organization which provides animal welfare resources and responsible pet ownership education to the community. Festivals Unlimited, the company that produces Columbus Beerfest and other beer festivals across Ohio and Pennsylvania, contributed over $160,000 to their nonprofit partners in 2015.

The 2016 Columbus Summer Beerfest is sponsored by Deschutes Brewery, CD102.5, Columbus Alive and The Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs. Columbus Summer Beerfest will take place Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 from 7:30-11:00pm at Express Live, located at 405 Neil Avenue.

GIVEAWAY:Β We’ve got a pair of tickets for Friday (August 5) to giveaway to one lucky reader!

  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling us why you want to go to Beerfest to enter
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  • We will randomly select a winner at 4pm on Thursday, July 21.

    full disclosure: Columbus Beerfest is a client

    About the Author

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

    50 Comments on "Columbus Summer Beerfest returns for 7th year"

    1. Derek Zack July 18, 2016 at 2:22 PM · Reply

      I want to go to Beerfest so I can wear my new Day Drinking shirt

    2. Danielle July 18, 2016 at 2:22 PM · Reply

      Beer festival is where I met my first Columbus friend! It’s nostalgic πŸ™‚ Hope to meet some other fellow beer lovers!

    3. scott thiede July 18, 2016 at 2:25 PM · Reply

      What is better than lots of great beer all brought together in 1 place. Free Beer!

    4. Matt zuehlke July 18, 2016 at 2:26 PM · Reply

      Summer beer fest is the best. Beautiful weather, good beers, music and friends.

    5. Rebecca July 18, 2016 at 2:27 PM · Reply

      Can’t think of a better way to celebrate our wedding anniversary than with (possible- fingers crossed) free tickets, 350+ beer options and my hubby. One of my favorite Columbus summer events. Can’t wait!

    6. Ben July 18, 2016 at 2:31 PM · Reply

      I want to taste delicious beers and snob at other people

    7. James July 18, 2016 at 2:33 PM · Reply

      Would love to go because there’s nothing better than all of my favorite beers in the same spot!

    8. Chadd McKitrick July 18, 2016 at 2:45 PM · Reply

      I want to take my wife, an ICU nurse, to Beer Fest so she can get a break from her work!

    9. Suzie July 18, 2016 at 2:46 PM · Reply

      I would love to get tickets so I can try the different kinds of beer in a fun outdoor setting.

    10. Marisa Lindberg July 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM · Reply

      Because my husband and I need a night off from our 2-year-old πŸ˜‰

    11. Jana July 18, 2016 at 2:49 PM · Reply

      I would love to win so my husband and I can get a much needed parents day out after having our second baby : )

    12. Juliana July 18, 2016 at 2:50 PM · Reply

      I spend my weekdays caring for & teaching children, so what better way to spend my weekend, than trading preschoolers for fellow beer lovers & expertly crafted drinks? Not to mention, my boyfriend would be enthralled with tickets to this for his bday πŸ™‚

    13. Brooke July 18, 2016 at 2:50 PM · Reply

      Because, BEER. 🍺

    14. shawn July 18, 2016 at 2:55 PM · Reply

      Because I need more bottle openers for my bandoleer of beer stuff.

    15. Andrew July 18, 2016 at 2:56 PM · Reply

      Want to go to beerfest so I continue to find new beers/breweries that I enjoy, also PRETZEL NECKLACES!

    16. LeeAnne July 18, 2016 at 3:12 PM · Reply

      August 5th will be my dad’s 62nd birthday. His favorite beer when I was a kid was Red Dog. Help me introduce him all the amazing beers out there!

    17. Chris July 18, 2016 at 3:20 PM · Reply

      Because it’s the best beer event in Columbus!

    18. Austin July 18, 2016 at 3:22 PM · Reply

      I spent all my “festival” money buying two tickets to the Bodhi release party last week. Make a beer lover’s dreams come true to still wind up going to both parties!

    19. Shelley July 18, 2016 at 3:36 PM · Reply

      I love trying new beer 🍻😁

    20. Arielle smith July 18, 2016 at 3:36 PM · Reply

      August 5th is my birthday. It would make the perfect present! 😊

    21. Danniel July 18, 2016 at 3:37 PM · Reply

      I want to drink the beers.

    22. Heidi Hammond July 18, 2016 at 3:43 PM · Reply

      I like to Drinkup Columbus!!!

    23. Bonnie July 18, 2016 at 3:54 PM · Reply

      To celebrate our first full year living in Columbus!

    24. Joe Melito July 18, 2016 at 3:55 PM · Reply

      I attended winter beer fest and loved it, but I bet summer beer fest is even better!

    25. Miranda July 18, 2016 at 3:56 PM · Reply

      love trying all different beers we try to go to as many as we can and to get to go for free would be even better!

    26. Garrett July 18, 2016 at 3:59 PM · Reply

      My brother is NOT a big craft brew drinker. I would love to take him down here and expose him to all the wonderful micro breweries and the people that make the magical hoppiness and maltiness come to life

    27. Panchita July 18, 2016 at 4:28 PM · Reply

      I start to drink beer after moving to USA last September and want to experience variety of beer especially from local breweries in Columbus and Ohio

    28. Ed Van Winkle July 18, 2016 at 4:39 PM · Reply

      Gonna bring my wife, amazing date night!

    29. Megan Bales July 18, 2016 at 5:42 PM · Reply

      Can’t wait for summer beer fest this year!

    30. Kris Thiede July 18, 2016 at 7:38 PM · Reply

      Ermergerd, I totally want free tickets to drink beer!

    31. Cortney Matthews July 18, 2016 at 8:13 PM · Reply

      I want to go to the beer fest but I’m completely broke so this will be my only hope to drink my being poor sorrows away…

    32. Margaret Lentz July 18, 2016 at 8:29 PM · Reply

      My boyfriend just got a new job and this would be a perfect celebration! Also, beer!

    33. Eric Hamilton July 18, 2016 at 9:00 PM · Reply

      This event is one that brings my family together. My brothers and I round up our dad and our wives and all go to have a great time enjoying beer and family. Nothing better than doing the same thing, but for free!

    34. Josh Williams July 18, 2016 at 9:04 PM · Reply

      I’ve never been and would love to experience it for the first time.

    35. Greg W July 18, 2016 at 9:09 PM · Reply

      To celebrate the best beer event in the best city!

    36. Kelly July 18, 2016 at 9:25 PM · Reply

      I’d love to go on Friday, because it’s MY BIRTHDAY!! πŸ™‚ Also, we just finished the ale trail and now would love to attend a beer event!

    37. Andrea M July 18, 2016 at 10:57 PM · Reply

      My husband will be forever grateful!

    38. Elliott July 18, 2016 at 11:44 PM · Reply

      I would like to take my girlfriend Kelly with whom I just finished the Columbus Ale Trail. Her birthday actual birthday is on Aug.5! What better birthday gift than a trip to the Columbus Summer Beerfest?!?

    39. Michael Hollis July 19, 2016 at 6:21 AM · Reply

      I want to go because there is so many beers and so little time

    40. Derik A July 19, 2016 at 8:45 AM · Reply

      I want to go to beerfest because there are fewer things in life that bring people together to have fun than hops from all over the United States!

    41. Craig R. Simpson July 19, 2016 at 8:48 AM · Reply

      Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and, damnit, beer likes me.

    42. jeff July 19, 2016 at 8:55 AM · Reply

      Great craft beer. And hoping Columbus’ best brewery will bring a variant or two of Coumbus’ best beer (CBC & Bodhi)!

    43. Erin J. July 19, 2016 at 9:11 AM · Reply

      The hubby and I need a day out!

    44. Tony July 19, 2016 at 11:10 AM · Reply


    45. Stephen tedder July 20, 2016 at 12:13 AM · Reply

      Can’t think of a better way to get out of the house and away from the kids than to drink beer and have a good time with my wife. We are both Navy veterans who love beer.

    46. Robin July 20, 2016 at 7:25 AM · Reply

      Love that the event has several Ohio based food trucks on deck!

    47. M.A.G July 20, 2016 at 9:50 AM · Reply

      It would be our first time and we love to support “DRINK LOCAL!!”

    48. Keith Rittenhouse July 20, 2016 at 11:17 PM · Reply

      Well, first of all…
      My wife and I celebrate our 30th anniversary this summer (and that’s something), held together by our love of BEER!!!
      I’m newly RETIRED, 55 years young, and retired……don’t hate me!!
      My birthday is August 8th, what better way to celebrate than to gather with a few thousand others to celebrate my birthday!!

    49. Herry Cabral September 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM · Reply

      I would like to taste this beer.

    50. Jess April 30, 2017 at 4:42 PM · Reply

      To celebrate another great Columbus offering! And people watch of course 😁

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