Saturday, July 16, 2016

Inaugural Buckeye Brewfest taking place as part of the National Hamburger Festival

Buckeye Brewfest to Join National Hamburger Festival-Akron Festival Creates Additional Beer Event in 2016

Question: What’s the perfect complement to a delicious burger? Answer: A frosty, cold beer.

That’s the idea behind the Buckeye Brewfest, which is set to make its inaugural debut at the National Hamburger Festival at Lock 3 Park in Akron, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 14. The one-day beer fest, which is included in the cost of admission to the National Hamburger Festival, will feature dozens of beers from more than 10 Ohio-based breweries. Guests ages 21 and older can enjoy 4-oz., 8-oz. and 16-oz. beer samples.

“Ohio is home to more than 170 craft breweries and ranks fourth in craft beer production nationwide,” Drew Cerza, festival organizer, said. “So the decision to create a beer-centered event was an easy one.”

Festivalgoers will find beers from Akron (Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Ohio Brewing Company), Cleveland (Buckeye Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Company, Spider Monkey, Griffin Cider Works), Columbus (Columbus Brewing Company, Elevator Brewery), Cincinnati (Moerlein Lagers & Ales, Mt. Carmel Brewing Company) Medina (Lager Heads Brewing Co.) and Toledo (Black Cloister Brewing Co.). In addition to Ohio-based breweries, festivalgoers can try additional craft beers from around the country including Leinenkugel’s Big Eddy Royal Nektar (Chippewa Falls, WI); Shiner Beer’s Wicked Ram IPA and Prickly Pear (Shiner, TX); Fireman’s Brew Blonde, Brunette and Redhead (Canoga Park, CA); and select beers from Horny Goat Brewing Company (Milwaukee, WI).

Beyond beer sampling, Buckeye Brewfest will offer meet-and-greets with several brewery representatives to discuss brewing methods, pairing options and provide background on the breweries. While sipping an array of beers, guests also can listen to Akron-based live blues and jazz bands including Gaetano’s Underworld Blues Band (12pm) and The Stingers (3pm). Festival organizers also plan to feature additional beer-focused games and activities.

“Buckeye Brewfest adds an additional element of fun to the already popular National Hamburger Festival,” Cerza said.

The 11-year-old hamburger festival, which is presented by the City of Akron and supports Akron Children’s Hospital, draws roughly 20,000 visitors each year. Held in the very town where the creators of the burger were born, the National Hamburger Festival takes place at Lock 3 Park Aug. 13–14. During this unique food festival, more than 20 eateries serve up 50 different styles of hamburgers while presenting a wealth of quirky antics, activities and entertainment.

The Inaugural Buckeye Brewfest takes place during the National Hamburger Festival held at Lock 3 Park in Akron, Ohio on Sunday, Aug. 14. Included in the price of admission to the hamburger festival, Buckeye Brewfest offers sampling opportunities and events featuring dozens of beers from more than 10 Ohio-based brewers. To learn more, visit

Featuring more than 20 eateries serving up 50 different styles of burgers, the National Hamburger Festival takes place at Lock 3 Park in Akron, Ohio Aug. 13-14. The event also features activities and live entertainment. To learn more about the National Hamburger Festival, visit Or, follow along at @HamburgerFest and

Legend has it that it was two brothers from Akron, Ohio who created the hamburger back in 1885. On the final day of the New York State Fair in Hamburg, NY, Akron natives Frank and Charles Menches ran out of pork for the sandwiches they were vending from their concession booth. Thankfully, the pair found some ground beef, as well as a myriad of other ingredients, to create one of America’s most iconic foods – the hamburger.

Aimee Plesa

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