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The Ultimate CCBW Cheat Sheet: Volume 1 (05/11 through 05/15/2018)

As late as 2014, Columbus didn't have a Craft Beer Week to call its own
Amazing little factoid I'd like to share to you: by sheer chance in 2014, my wife and I stumbled into the first ever craft beer week for Greenville, South Carolina.  This fairly modest city of just over 60,000 people at the time hosted 20+ beer events that year, and we had a good time wandering around and trying out the craft wares of the area.

By contrast, Columbus, a city of more than 14 times Greenville's population and several times more breweries, had yet to have such a week to call its own.

Well, things have changed for certain: Columbus Craft Beer Week (CCBW) launched in 2015 and hasn't looked back since. Buoyed by an ever growing numbers (well over forty are projected to be operational by the end of his year), a highly successful corresponding Columbus Ale Trail promotion (more than 2,300 people earned the truly cool paddle and flight glass combo from 2017's version), and enthusiastic public support, I would say that CCBW has been a smashing success.

2018's version again sports a new Columbus Ale Trail promo, several new breweries to the scene, and a truckload of events big and small, straightforward and unique. In fact, it's a fairly sizable undertaking to digest all the offerings during the nine days worth of this craft beer celebration.

Having for launched into some Sisyphean tasks of late (such as my Columbus Pizza Map), I wanted to put together a quick and dirty cheat sheet of all the week's events for quick reference for my use so that even the more modest events would be easily located. It turned out to be a lot more work than I thought, but I figured that some of you out there might find it handy.

Thus, here it is - the first half of my quick and dirty Columbus Craft Beer Week cheat sheet, in categories that hopefully make sense to you as they do me. Some events may straddle different categories, so something isn't where you think it is, it should be in another appropriate category.

If something catches your eye, you can check out the official Columbus Craft Beer Week Event Page for a more detailed look at the event. And for those of you who are looking for the most highly anticipated events, our most intrepid source for all things adult beverages in Drink Up Columbus has some excellent suggestions.


FOOD AND BEER - 05/11/2018
Single & Double NEIPA Release - 101 Beer Kitchen Gahanna (Homestead Brewing's latest releases served with food pairings from Chef Julian)

Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen ($25 gets you flight of four HH beers paired with dishes from Chef Justin)

3rd Annual Infusapalooza (TM) - Daily Growler Upper Arlington (Taquitos Food Pop-Up and 20+ one of a kind infused beers from local breweries.)

Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs (Exclusive pairings of food and beer throughout Craft Beer Week)

Barley's Brewing ($25 Prix Fixe Menu from Chef Colburn)

FOOD AND BEER - 05/12/2018
Brunch and Beer with Breakfast With Nick - All 101 Beer Kitchen Locations (Pair up retro brunch items with blogger Nick's locally and specially brewed Strawberry Roggenbier)

Bluegrass Brunch - The Daily Growler German Village (brews from Springfield's Mother Stewarts, Bluegrass, Bloody Marys and Brunch)

Beer Geek Brunch - Local Cantina Clintonville (Brunch + 10 breakfast variety drafts, including Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch)

Lobsterfest - Daily Growler Powell (Cleveland's Masthead Brewing's only appearance at CCBW + plus Cousin's Maine Lobster food truck)

Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs (Exclusive pairings of food and beer throughout Craft Beer Week)

Prix Fixe Meal - Barley's Brewing ($25 Prix Fixe Menu from Chef Colburn)

FOOD AND BEER - 05/13/2018
Silky Brunch - Seventh Son Brewing (Smooth jams, silky vibes, and Challah! food truck)

Cheesecake & Beer Pairing - Ill Mannered Brewing (Flight of five mini-cheesecakes from Sam The Cheesecake Girl to pair with five beers)

Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs (Exclusive pairings of food and beer throughout Craft Beer Week)

Barley's Brewing ($25 Prix Fixe Menu from Chef Colburn)

FOOD AND BEER - 05/14/2018
Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs (Exclusive pairings of food and beer throughout Craft Beer Week)

Barley's Brewing ($25 Prix Fixe Menu from Chef Colburn)

Columbus Brewing Company Collaboration Brew - All 101 Beer Kitchen Locations (Numerous Columbus Brewing brews, including the 101BK collab brew, plus special chef's dishes)

Craft Draft Night - Submarine House Bar & Grill (Hairless Hare Brewery's Bottom Dweller IPA plus $3.75 crafts.)

No Menu Monday - The Market Italian Village (fresh ingredients smoked at The Brew Kettle used to create their usual "No Menu Monday" staples.)

FOOD AND BEER - 05/15/2018
Burgers and Beers! - Marshall's Grandview ($5 Burger special + $4 Limited Release drafts)

Brew Brothers at Scioto Downs (Exclusive pairings of food and beer throughout Craft Beer Week)

Barley's Brewing ($25 Prix Fixe Menu from Chef Colburn)

Homestead Hazy Daze - Submarine House Bar & Grill  (Homestead Beer Co.’s new Hazy IPA (with a secret release) plus music trivia)

Taco Tuesday - Local Cantina Grandview (Fat Head's brews + Taco Eating Contest)

Keep The Glass - B Spot Burgers (Seventh Son Brewing + pint glass + burgers)

Buy One, Get One Free Day - All Chipotle Columbus locations (Sport your craft beer apparel in any area Chipotle, get a buy one/get one free choice of burrrito, bowl, salad or tacos.)




FOR THE ACTIVE TYPES - 05/12/2018
Bike the Breweries - North High Brewing (Charity event covering 16 miles, 12 breweries and a lot of great beer.)

Beer Yoga Brunch - DogTap Columbus (Yoga paired up with beer and/or a brunch buffet as desired.)

Bend & Brew - The Draft Room (Market Garden; yoga paired up with a tapping of a Market Garden Barrel Aged Beer)

Beer & Burpees - Pretentious Barrel House (High-intensity workout heats for all levels of experience; drink tix for those who complete the workout. Charity proceeds go to the Nina West Fund.)

Brew and Bike Ride - Sideswipe Brewing/Lineage Brewing (Enjoy two versions of the Sideswipe and Lineage collaboration brew via a bike ride from one brewery to the other.)

Pajama Jam - Little Rock Bar (Little Fish Brews anchor a late night dance party: pajamas encouraged)

FOR THE ACTIVE TYPES - 05/13/2018
Bend & Brew Mother's Day - Combustion Brewery and Taproom (Yoga, beer, and a tour of the brewery. Moms who buy a flight of beer get a free specialty cheese board.)

Ohio Beer and Bowl - Woodlands Backyard (Local Crafts + FREE game of mini-bowling for just $3 all day)

FOR THE ACTIVE TYPES - 05/15/2018
9th Annual Ride the Elevator - Elevator Brewing Company (Charity fundraiser for Yay Bikes! and Franklinton Cycle Works; 4 mile ride from Goodale Park to Elevator Brewing Company.)

*****

JUST PLAIN LOTS OF GOOD BEER - 05/11/2018
Cbus Craft Beer Week Kickoff - Marshall's Grandview ($3 on 50 Drafts)

Spring Cellar Cleaning - World of Beer, High Street (special kegs tapped until gone)

Pack The Yard - Hop Yard 62 (Brewdog and Wolf's Ridge Brewing brews and raffle prizes)

Columbus Craft Beer Week Kickoff - Sideswipe Brewing

JUST PLAIN LOTS OF GOOD BEER - 05/13/2018
Summer Seasonals - Marshall's Grandview ($4 all day)

Cans and Drafts - Little Rock Bar (MadTree and Fat Heads; MadTree Brewing cans on special on the rooftop patio; drafts from Fatheads on tap.)

Buy Your Mom A Beer! - Sideswipe Brewing (Mother's Day beer specials)

Local Spotlight - Bob's Bar (kegs from 12 different local breweries)

Moms Need Beer Too! - Brewcadia (Happy hour all day, $10 growler fills, & free small pizza w/purchase.)

SIN Appreciation Night - World of Beer - Easton (celebrating all who serve craft beer in Columbus; 50% off drafts after 8:00 & music from 11-1)

JUST PLAIN LOTS OF GOOD BEER - 05/14/2018
Summer Seasonals - Marshall's Grandview ($4 all day)




SPECIAL BEER RELEASES (all releases at the brewery unless noted) - 05/11/2018
Single & Double NEIPA Release (Homestead - at 101 Beer Kitchen Gahanna)

Barrel Aged Beer Tapping (Barley's Brewing; special releases throughout the week)

Beer Infusions (Grove City Brewing)

Milkshake IPA Collab with Ill Mannered and Nowhere in Particular (Ill Mannered)

Yub Nub Bottle Release (Wolf's Ridge)

Limited Edition Cask Release (Combustion Brewery)

CCBW Collab Beer Confluence IPA (Kindred Brewing)

SPECIAL BEER RELEASES (all releases at the brewery unless noted) - 05/12/2018
Sneak Peek Bottle Release Party (Wolf's Ridge; ticket-only bottle release includes food, swag, and possibly more special bottles.)

Barrel Aged Beer Tapping (Barley's Brewing; special releases throughout the week)

Hilltop Light (Four String - Grandview)

SPECIAL BEER RELEASES (all releases at the brewery unless noted) - 05/13/2018
Barrel Aged Beer Tapping (Barley's Brewing; special releases throughout the week)

Cheers To Mama! Bottle Release (Pretentious Barrel House)

Seventh Son/Platform Collaboration Beer Tapping - Pies & Pints Worthington (Meyer Lemon Session Ale + other rarities from both breweries)

SPECIAL BEER RELEASES (all releases at the brewery unless noted) - 05/14/2018
Barrel Aged Beer Tapping (Barley's Brewing; special releases throughout the week)

SPECIAL BEER RELEASES (all releases at the brewery unless noted) - 05/15/2018
Barrel Aged Beer Tapping (Barley's Brewing; special releases throughout the week)

Sprig Belgian-style Brett Pale Ale and Vintage Bottle Release (Seventh Son)

Grapefruit Radler (Four String - Hilltop)

Imperial Saison Release Party (Elevator Brewing Co. 13th Floor Taproom)

Seventh Son/Platform CCBW Collab Release (The Draft Room; tacos from Sunnyside Tacos and succulents from Baker’s Acres Greenhouse also available)

Special Beer Release with the Brewers - Combustion Brewery and Taproom (Join brewers Keith and Grant for this special mystery release)

*****

SPECIFIC BEER STYLES
05/11/2018
Palate Scraper #1 (IPAs) - Winking Lizard Tavern Westerville

05/12/2018
Barrel Aged Mini Fest #1 (Barrel-Aged Beers) - Winking Lizard Grandview

*****

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OHIO BREWERIES - 05/11/2018 
Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus (Elevator)

Winking Lizard Tavern - Grandview (Columbus)

Winking Lizard Tavern - Reynoldsburg (Jackie O's)

OLDSKOOL (Great Lakes Brewing, including a vertical of BA Blackout Stout)

Bodega (Seventh Son, with a focus on brett, Belgian and big beers)

Half Pint (Actual Brewing - you get to keep the glass)

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OHIO BREWERIES - 05/12/2018 
World of Beer - Easton (Sixth Sense Brewing, Jackson, OH)

Bodega - (Jackie O's sours and pineapple infused brews, plus music and food)

Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus (Elevator)

Bob's Bar - (Fat Heads)

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OHIO BREWERIES - 05/13/2018 
Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus (Elevator)

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OHIO BREWERIES - 05/14/2018 
World of Beer - Easton (Restoration Brew Worx)

Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus (Elevator)

The Olde Towne Tavern (Platform, with a focus on sours)

Bodega  (MadTree)

Perfect Pour (Great Lakes)

Bob's Bar (Seventh Son, including a cask ale)

World of Beer High Street (Southern Ohio/Athens breweries like Jackie O's, Little Fish and more)

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OHIO BREWERIES - 05/15/2018 
Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus (Elevator)

Sour Tap Takeover (Wolf's Ridge)

Pies & Pints Easton (Columbus Brewing Company)

*****

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OUTSIDE OF OHIO BREWERIES - 05/11/2018
Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar Westerville (Grimm Artisanal Ales)

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OUTSIDE OF OHIO BREWERIES - 05/12/2018 
Winking Lizard Tavern Westerville (Cantillon)

Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar Westerville (Cantillon and Cascade)

Keep The Glass (plus assorted swag) - B Spot Burgers (Magic Hat)

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OUTSIDE OF OHIO BREWERIES - 05/14/2018 
Don't Float the Mainstream - Local Cantina Dublin (Sweetwater + a kayak giveaway)

Woodlands Tavern (Ballast Point + bluegrass from Great Northern String Band)

TAP TAKEOVERS/FEATURES: OUTSIDE OF OHIO BREWERIES - 05/15/2018 
Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar Westerville (Evil Twin)

Bob's Bar (Ballast Point)



UNIQUE EVENTS - 05/11/2018
05/11/2018
Everybody's a Comedian - Little Rock Bar (Sideswipe Brewing brews anchor a happy hour edition of "Everybody's a Comedian" with Travis Hoewischer)

Science on Tap - COSI (Adult-oriented event featuring the science behind brewing and distilling, with local experts and plenty of samples)

Women in Beer! - Corner Stone Craft Beer and Wine (Seventh Son and Platform; meet and support women that make, sell, and promote the beer, with beer samples and more.)

Byron Williams Beer Week Bingo with Bell’s Brewing - Bob's Bar (Pair up Bell’s Brewing brews with Byron Williams Beer Week Bingo, with a chance to win a beer dinner with a local beer icon.)

Columbus Craft Beer Week Kickoff Party - Grandview Yard Market District (Celebrate local brews with 20+ local beers on tap, live music and tasty eats.)

UNIQUE EVENTS - 05/12/2018
Maibock for MayFest - Combustion Brewery (Serving up Maibock & Golden Ticket (Chocolate Blonde Ale) in conjunction with Pickerington's MayFest street fair.)

Parental Playdate - Random Precision Brewing Company (Activities geared for the little ones while the adults enjoy brews and a food truck.)

Beer Bum Beach Party - Woodlands Backyard (Volleyball courts turned into a backyard beach party; you bring the lawn chairs, frisbees, etc., and they'll provide music and Ohio craft brews)

Rescued Ohio - Kindred Brewing (Dogs welcome - Rescued Ohio will be offering dog adoptions, dog washing for donations, and handmade dog treats)

Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest - Huntington Park (The anchor event: samples from 55 Ohio craft breweries, plus live music, food, and a certificate for a future Columbus Clippers game)
Super Unofficial Six One Pour After Party - Brewcadia (Your ticket stub from Six One Pour + drink purchase = Large 1 topping pizza. All local brews $4 7 PM to close.)

UNIQUE EVENTS - 05/13/2018
Beer Class: All About IPAs - Wolf's Ridge Brewing (Education class focusing on IPAs: guided tasting of 5 IPA styles, including one guest beer, plus a token for a complimentary full pour.)

Mystic Mama Pizza Party - 16-Bit Bar + Arcade (Jackie O's Brews + Pizza party + Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gaming Tourney + Mystic Pizza Movie Marathon)

Window Art for Charity - Kindred Brewing (Donate to Flying Horse Farms, get to paint or draw a picture on a tasting room window pane.)

Corsican Brew Voyage Sailing Trip + Party - The Daily Growler Powell (Drink Land Grant drafts while grabbing your last chance to join Land-Grant & The Daily Growler on an epic sailing trip)

Women, Wanderlust & Beer Class - Endeavor Brewing (Women-oriented educational event to hone your skills and taste beer like the pros; beer tasting and swag for participants.)

Mother's Day Best Buddies - The Ohio Taproom (Charity event debuting Homestead Beer's Best Buddies Hazy Pale Ale, and fundraising for Pelotonia and Best Buddies, an organization oriented to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities)

BrewDog meets Trivia Night - Bodega (Sunday Night Trivia features BrewDog brews, prizes and package giveaways.

Land-Grant University: Hops 101 - Land-Grant Brewing Company (Learn about all things Hops and how they're used in the process of brewing and ingredients.)

UNIQUE EVENTS - 05/14/2018
Loyalty Club Sign-Up: Wolf Pack Year 2 - Wolf's Ridge Brewing (Round 2 of loyalty club membership, with 150 news spots total this year.)

Industry Night - Kindred Brewing (Monday is always Industry Night at Kindred, but with CCBW in full swing it's a good night to relax)

Notary Night - The Daily Growler - Upper Arlington (Notarized drafts along with your beer drafts)

Drink Up Columbus 7 Year Anniversary Party - Barley's Brewing Company (Everyone's favorite source for adult beverage news celebrates seven years with great drinks, sweet swag and tons of fun.)

Women in Beer! - Corner Stone Craft Beer and Wine (Magic Hat and Wolf's Ridge; meet and support the women that make, sell, and promote the beers, with beer samples and more.)

Beer School: Beer Sensory Class 210 - Lineage Brewing (Sharpen your skunky beer sense with actual flawed beer and learn the reasons behind the flaws.)

UNIQUE EVENTS - 05/15/2018
"Stout Out Cancer" Charity Beeraiser - Grove City Brewing (Special stout beers on tap, with $1 of each pint purchased donated to a cancer-oriented charity.)

Tabletop Tuesday - Brewcadia (Order a pitcher + play a board game = free pizza)

Creamsicle, Clear Sky and Daybreak 101 - The Ohio Taproom (Homebrewers special with Wolf's Ridge brewery members handing out Clear Sky and Daybreak 5-gallon clone recipes; Creamsicle featured on tap)

Beer, Bourbon and Cigars! - Kindred Brewing (Admission = 2 draft beers, 2 cigars, a raffle ticket for swag, plus 20+ Bourbons available for purchase)

Women in Beer! - Corner Stone Craft Beer and Wine (Abita and North High; meet and support the women that make, sell, and promote the beers, with beer samples and more.)

Rando Pint Glass (Giveaway) Night - all Daily Growler locations (Hundreds of pint glasses to give away; one given with each pint purchased starting at 7 PM with no limit.)

Trivia with Fern - Endeavor Brewing (Trivia featuring all beer inspired questions)

Homebrew Club - DogTap Columbus (Home Brewers Club Dogtap will look at some of the best/strangest ways to brew a good beer and give you a look at how BrewDog does it.)

Seventh Son 101: Tour, Taste & Learn - Seventh Son (Learn about brewing, tasting & drinking from the folks who run Seventh Son: get a tour, a tasting, a sticker and a T-shirt)

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