Get ready for a week and a half full of lager, IPAs, stouts, pale ales, hefeweizens and amber ales.
The event known as Dayton Beer Week kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday with Beer Week Eve at the recently opened Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St., Dayton.
The celebration includes a special tapping of Secret HOPeration, an American Double/Imperial IPA style of beer that results from a collaboration between Warped Wing and Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery of Athens.
It is among 200 events at various Dayton area locations celebrating craft beer and those who love it.
Beer Week is capped by the 16th annual Alefest from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, on City of Dayton-owned land behind Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Alefest Admission is $35. Visit Alefest.com.
“The purpose of Beer Week, similar to AleFest, is to expose more people to the wonders of craft beers locally through various establishments, (including) taverns, restaurants and retail operations,” said Dayton-area beer aficionado Joe Waizmann. “It is really about the exposure and heightening the awareness of the category.”
Waizmann is the co-owner of Warp Wing and the founder of both Beer Week and AleFest.
He recently sold AleFest to Jennifer Dean of Germantown and Amanda Pond, a downtown Dayton resident, but is still helping organize the event.
Signature events include Saturday’s Pints, Putters and Pink Ball, a benefit for the Breast Cancer Foundation’s local chapter, at Kittyhawk Golf Course, 3383 Chuck Wagner Lane in Dayton as well as the fifth annual Beer Pride Parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Wayne Avenue and Fifth Street near the Dublin Pub. This year’s parade will be led by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Waizmann and Miami Valley Pipes & Drums.
“All events lead to AleFest — and then there will be numerous beer dinners, tastings and samplings and fun and wacky events through the week,” Waizmann said.
Beer Week ends Sunday, Aug. 24, with a beer brunch beginning at 10 a.m. at Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery, 520 E. Fifth Street in Dayton.
Waizmann says he sees the event eventually lasting two weeks “based on the sheer quality and quantity of events that are put together,” he said.
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