2017 Glass City Beer Festival

page created on Feb 9, 2017

This year's event is scheduled for Fri, Mar 3. It will be held again at the Lucas County Recreation Center, located in Maumee. The festival began in 2007, and it was held for the first several years at one of the Erie Street Market bays in downtown Toledo. I attended the inaugural event. I last attended in 2015. Obviously, the event has changed a lot, especially in size.

Excerpts from Feb 9, 2017 Toledo Blade story

There will be something very familiar about this year’s 11th annual Glass City Beer Festival.

Since the beginning, it has always been about raising money for good causes, giving people the opportunity to try beer they have not previously tried, and listening to music from cover band 56Daze.

The one noticeable difference from those early years is that there will be a lot more people this year having a beer with you.

In the first year of the event at downtown Toledo’s Erie Street Market, there were a couple hundred people, then more than 500. The rapid growth forced a move to the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee. Last year’s event attracted 2,200 people, mirroring the explosion of craft beer popularity across the country.

There will be close to 50 breweries on site, offering about 250 beers. Local breweries will be well represented. Earnest Brew Works, Black Cloister Brewing, Black Frog Brewery, Flatrock, Great Black Swamp Brewing, Maumee Bay Brewing Co., and North River Brewing Co. will each have beer samples available.

This year’s event takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. March 3 at the Lucas County Recreation Center. Tickets are available at The Andersons or online at glasscitybeerfest.com. A general admission ticket is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. It includes 12, 3-ounce pours. A VIP ticket is $50 in advance and $55 at the door. With that ticket, you will be admitted at 6 p.m. and have 18 samples. Once again, 56Daze will be the entertainment, and food will be available from Deet’s BBQ and PizzAroma.