The inaugural Akron Ale Fest, which is focused on promoting and highlighting the creativity and passion of breweries in Akron and in the surrounding region, will take place June 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Akron.
Ticketholders will be able to sample beers and chat with representatives from established breweries, like Thirsty Dog, Ohio Brewery and and Hoppin Frog; alongside some that are new and up-and-coming, like Aqueduct, R. Shea and The Mucky Duck.
Although the fest focuses primarily on Akron-area establishments, some regional breweries will be featured too, like Phoenix Brewing Company in downtown Mansfield and Birdfish from Columbiana, Ohio.
The fest will take place outside under the canopy of the historic Trolley Barn in the heart of downtown Akron, where the Historic Arts District meets the Northside.
There will also be a variety of cuisine available for purchase from local favorites, including Nuevo Modern Mexican, Urban Eats Cafe, the Pierogi Lady and food trucks Stray Dog Cart and the Orange Truk.
This event is presented by Crafty Mart, a local arts organization that is excited to take their experience in hosting creative events to the craft beer market. Building off of the following that they have built over the past seven years by tapping into the arts, craft and maker communities, they say they are excited to bring everyone together to celebrate the emerging brewery scene in Akron and Northeast Ohio, and look forward to showcasing local makers with brew-related artwork in a popup marketplace at the fest.
Tickets are on sale now at www.akronalefest.com for $45, which includes admission to the fest, a tasting glass and 20 tickets good for beer samples! Designated Driver tickets are also available and include NORKA soda.
Free parking is available on the street and at the library parking deck on the southwest corner of Main and Market Streets.