Every spring the Brewerie at Union Station and WQLN roll out the barrel, to celebrate our favorite season - spring. After months and months - and foot after foot, after foot of snow who isn't ready for a spring fling? We all are. This year the Micro Brew Fest will have a special focus on Ohio brewers. Why Ohio? The Buckeyes invented the pop-top can, the hot dog, chewing gum and – oh yeah, and they make really great beer. Here's to O-H-I-O!
Two Sampling Sessions
Sampling Session 1 - Roll Out the Barrel - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sampling Session 2 - We'll Have a Barrel of Fun - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
What's at the 5th Annual Erie Micro Brew Festival?
- Gears To Beers returns!
- Ohio Beer
"Hang on Sloopy, Sloopy hang O-H-I-O!"
- Pretzel Necklaces for everyone!
Sure you can boast about your Hunter boots, vintage rock tees, and skinny leg jeans, but nothing says 'fashion' like a WQLN Pretzel Necklace.
- The Guinness Beer Garden
"Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With Guinness stout, and Smithwicks ale, Harp lagers, all in a row..." Okay it's lame, but you get the idea.
- Sheetz Gourmet Coffeez Bar
Sometimes a brew fest can also be about rich roasted steamy brews from Columbia.
- The One Man Band
He once opened for the Rolling Stones and recorded for ol'George Jones, but today Tom Stien is (humbly billed) the one, the only, world famous One Man Band!
- ROCKET 101's Mojo & Nat from Erie's longest running morning radio show.
- The Erie Micro Brew Fest's Beer-Belly Dancers.
- The Peoples' Choice Award for Best Beer
- The Peoples' Choice Award for Best Brewer
Texting is what separates us from every other festival! Everyone with a cell phone can send a "text" to vote for their favorite beer and brewer.
- Train Whistles to the first 400
- The WQLN Beer Boutique
show off those six packs (or kegs) with a sexy looking 5th Annual Erie Micro Brew Festival Tee!
- 25 Craft Brewers
We love our brewers. They are some of the finest people we know. First and foremost they are craftspeople who make a product we love. They struggle with a thousand variables; some are small like invasive bacteria and some variables, like the cost of hops in Belgium are globally huge. Anything can spoil a batch of beer, but they muster forward. They bet hearth and home, forgoing creature comforts to bring to market – a dream. Here are a few returning dreams.