On Tap: Ohio Brew Week – A Celebration Of Beer

Kelly Martin

Updated Thu, Jun 20, 2013 4:19 pm

In a college town like Athens, Ohio, beer is never in short supply, but during the annual Ohio Brew Week celebration Athens becomes a haven for those who enjoy a good craft brew. 

The weeklong celebration, held this year from June 21 – 29, allows beer connoisseurs to try craft brews from around the state.

Most of these brews aren’t available at your local grocery store. We’re talking about craft brews in every flavor you can (or cannot) imagine. Bacon, cinnamon bun, peanut butter, blueberry and strawberry flavored beer are just a few of the unusual flavors you will find during the celebration.

Ohio Brew Week participants hail from all corners of the state and showcase their unique concoctions to visitors from around the country.  

Do you enjoy good ale? Or maybe you prefer a stout? Never fear, there are plenty of options from which to choose, no matter what your preference. There are around 200 brews available, and you can’t help but chuckle a little when you read through the list. 

Can you imagine asking a bartender for a pint of Horny Goat Barrel Aged Porter? How about some Plumber’s Crack Ale, Ornery Otter Blonde Ale, Dancing Ferret IPA or the Oompalooma Chocolate Stout?

Of course there are some more conservative options such as Bed Head Red, Hoppus Maximus or Oil of Aphrodite.

The schedule of events shows numerous events throughout the week, many of which involve food - and of course beer!

On Tuesday, June 25, at 6 p.m., area chefs and restaurants showcase their dishes that are made or paired with an Ohio craft brew. Attendees will also see Roger’s Stars of Illusion Hollywood singing impersonators. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and benefit the Jon Sparhawk Memorial Scholarship and Community Fund. The event takes place at Vera Cucina, 859 E. State St., Athens. Click here for additional information

The Eighth Brew BBQ  on Friday, June 28 features activities and live music, as well as a wide variety of brew barbeque. There will be a Barleyhole Competition, an Athens Lion’s Club antique car show or you can enter your dog in the Dog Days of Summer Talent Show. This event will feature a beer garden with live bands.


This year, the festival will include a "Last Call" Brews on the Block Finale. On Saturday, June 29, the north end of Court Street will be closed for live music, arts and craft booths and regional food vendors.

Other events taking place will include a Roller derby, musical performances, brew samplings and a meatball-eating contest.

There’s even a homebrew competition if you have your own special beer you’d like to showcase.

Where will you find the beer? It is in several locations throughout Athens and surrounding areas - hosted by local pubs, restaurants and taverns. A complete list of available brews and where you can find them is available here.