Ohio breweries will take over the taps in Athens from July 15-23 during the 11th annual Ohio Brew Week, a nine-day celebration of Ohio beers. Pair the best Ohio craft brews with super-local food during what is widely knows as the most delicious week to visit Athens.
Athens has more than 30 bars, most of which will be featuring Ohio brews. Brew Week also coincides with 30 Mile Meal Restaurant Week, offering visitors a perfect time to pair Ohio beers with fantastic cuisine, made with fresh, local ingredients, produced just miles down the road.
To help plan your trip to Athens, we’ve put together a quick preview of what’s in store for this 11th year of Ohio Brew Week.
30 Mile Meal Restaurant Week: The 30 Mile Meal highlights foods and spirits crafted within a 30-mile radius of Athens and is the nation’s first “super-local” food campaign. Participating restaurants will feature special menus throughout the week, some featuring beer-infused dishes, and host pairing events. Visit Athens icons such as Casa Nueva, Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery and O’Betty’s Red Hot! July 17-23. For a list of participating restaurants, click here.
Rock-N-Roast: Kick off Brew Week at the 6th annual Rock-N-Roast at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center. Sip craft brews by Columbus-based Elevator Brewing Company. The beers will pair perfectly with the evening’s cuisine; BBQ! Enjoy ribs, chicken, pork and all the delectable sides. Friday, July 15, Ohio University Inn and Conference Center, 5-9:30 p.m.
Beer & Cider Trail: Discover why Athens has become a hub in the craft beer and cider industry in Ohio! Drive, walk, bike or take a bus on one of the curated routes touring our local breweries & ciderhouse. Times & maps here. Saturday, July 16, Multiple locations, 12:30-7:30 p.m.
Second Annual Jammin’ Hog: Local Kiser’s BBQ, Ohio Craft Brews & rock & roll at the Eclipse Company Store! Enjoy the sounds of Time Machine and Shouts and Whispers on the new outdoor stage while you dine, dance and sip. Saturday, July 16, Eclipse Company Store, 11309 Jackson Drive, The Plains, 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Homebrew Competition: Stop by the Homebrew Competition, which is open to all Ohio home brewers and is sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program. All beers that make it to the “Best of Show” round will be eligible for the Brewer’s Choice Award. The winner will be invited to help brew their beer in Athens on Little Fish Brewing Company’s 10-barrel system. Saturday, July 16, Grover Center, Ohio University, Room W115, 9 a.m – 5 p.m.
Brew BQ: Come out for an evening of fun at the Brew BQ! Enjoy a craft beer garden featuring Great Lakes, Kindred, Rhinegeist, Thirsty Dog, Mt. Carmel, Lager Heads, and Christian Moerlein! Enjoy a 30 Mile Meal from Chelsea’s Real Food, Arcadian Acres and Nixtamalized tamales. Spend the rest of the evening jamming to live music from The Wild Honeybees. Friday, July 22th, Athens Train Depot, West Union St. and Depot St., 4-10 p.m.
The Last Call Street Festival: Court Street in Uptown Athens transforms into a two-block beer garden, featuring 25 Ohio craft breweries and more than 75 unique craft brews, at The Last Call Street Festival. Celebrate another successful Ohio Brew Week with beer, music, food and art. Truly the best way to end a fantastic festival. Saturday, July 23, Uptown Athens, 2-11 p.m.
Come and stay awhile! Make a night or a weekend out of your trip, and stay at one of our cozy B&Bs, cottages or cabins. It’s just a short walk Uptown from a nearby hotel, too. And of course, enjoy your time responsibly and call a cab for a safe ride back to your room.
Cheers to Ohio Brew Week! We’ll see you soon in Athens.
See the official Ohio Brew Week digimag HERE.