Beer fest means suds for local non-profits

. February 23, 2016.

With over 40 craft breweries showcasing more than 230 beers, the 10th iteration of the Glass City Beer Festival is poised to keep pint glasses full.

Craft beers from local and national breweries

The Festival, to be held Friday, March 4 at the Lucas County Rec Center Hall #2, will feature local, regional and national breweries. Maumee Bay Brewing Company, Black Cloister and North River Brewing Company will be pouring Glass City favorites, while regional and national breweries such as Brew Kettle, Great Lakes, and Deschutes will offer beers from their extensive portfolios. According to Dakota Shay, co-owner and brewer of North River Brewing Company, this year’s event will be a little different for him.

“I’ve volunteered for the Glass City Beer Fest in the past, but this will be the first time that I will be pouring beers,” Shay said. “It’s going to be kind of a surreal experience, but it’s one that I am really looking forward to.”

Proceeds to support local non-profit organizations

This year’s proceeds from the Glass City Beer Festival will support the programs and services of non-profits Camp Courageous/The Arc of Northwest Ohio and the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation. According to Tonya Scherf, Executive Director of The Arc of Lucas County, these organizations serve individuals with lifelong impairments by providing education, advocacy and support. 

“This started as a joint fundraiser 10 years ago and is still going strong,” Scherf said. “We serve similar groups so this partnership has really worked well.” 

Craft beer interest continues to grow with, according to the Brewers Association, a 17.6 percent increase in sales volume in 2014, while beer overall only enjoyed an increase of one-half percent. In Ohio, there are 110 craft breweries, growing from 45 in 2011, ranking us 10th in the nation. 

Festival specifics

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Andersons’ Stores for $30 or for $35 at the door, good for: 12 three ounce pours, with additional tastes at $1 each. VIP tickets, which are limited, are $50 in advance and $55 at the door. VIP tickets include 18 three ounce pours, as well as free food catered by Swig and early admittance and access to special beers between 6 & 7pm. General admission opens at 7pm, with the event concluding at 11pm. 


7-11pm. $30/advance, $35/at door; VIP tickets: 

$50/advance, $55/at door. Free parking. 

2901 Key St., Maumee. 419-724-BREW.