Release Date: July 17,2017
Building off the success of last year’s inaugural Akron Ale Fest, the event organizers along with partnership from the city of Akron are returning to the Trolley Barn downtown on August 12, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. The fest, which is focused on promoting and highlighting the creativity and passion of breweries in Akron and in the surrounding region, will include craft breweries from greater Akron and beyond, a variety of local cuisine including food trucks, and beer-themed merch from local artists and makers.
Ticketholders will be able to sample beers and chat with representatives from established breweries, like Thirsty Dog Brewing Co, Hoppin Frog Brewery, and Ohio Brewing Co; alongside some that are new up and coming, such as HiHO Brewing, Wadsworth Brewing Company, and Magic City Brewing Company. Although the fest focuses primarily on Akron-area establishments, some regional breweries will be featured too, like The Butcher & The Brewer in downtown Cleveland and Birdfish Brewing Co from Columbiana, Ohio.
The fest will take place outside under the canopy of the historic Trolley Barn in the heart of downtown Akron, where the Historic Arts District meets the Northside.
This event is being presented by Crafty Mart, a local arts organization that is excited to take their experience in hosting creative events to the craft beer market. Building off of the following that they have built over the past seven years by tapping into the arts, craft, and maker communities, they are excited to bring everyone together to celebrate the emerging brewery scene in Akron and Northeast Ohio, and look forward to showcasing local makers with brew-related artwork in a pop-up marketplace at the fest.
Tickets are on sale now at www.akronalefest.com for $45, which includes admission to the fest, a tasting glass and 20 tickets good for beer samples. Designated Driver tickets are also available and include NORKA soda. The Courtyard by Marriott, within walking distance, is offering a package deal including Ale Fest tickets along with a hotel room.
Free parking is available on the street and at the library parking deck on the SW corner of Main and Market Streets.