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Ohio Brew Week kicks off on Friday

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One of the best beer events in Ohio kicks off on Friday at 5 pm with the "Rock-N-Roast" at the Ohio University Inn and Conference Center's newly renovated patio. This is the official kickoff event to a week long celebration of Ohio craft beer, and runs from 5 pm until 10 pm.

The event will include live music and feature classic smoked cuisine prepared by Chef Michael Macintosh, accompanied by a variety of homemade BBQ sauces. Elevator Brewing Company will release their exclusive Cherry Saison as the official beer of the 2014 Rock-N-Roast. In addition to the Cherry Saison, they will also serve Three Frogs IPA, Elevator Lite, and their award winning Dark Horse Lager.

The ensuing week is chock full of all kinds of events from beer tastings, dinners, tap-takeovers at local establishments, food & beer pairings, and even root beer floats for kids. The keynote speaker on Monday evening at Jackie O's is Joe Tucker of RateBeer.com, whose website rated Jackie O's as Best Brewpub in Ohio in 2013. Live music events abound, educational events such as a symposium on Ohio hop growing, and a historic walking tour of Athens pubs and taverns. It's a great time to take a week-long vacation in the beautiful hills of southern Ohio. Athens is home to two of my favorite places: Jackie O's Pub and Brewery and Casa Nueva Mexican restaurant. You must go to both with any trip to Athens! Outstanding beer and outstanding food...you must try the Casa Nueva salsas, and take a few jars home.

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association has chosen Ohio Brew Week as the perfect venue to launch the new Ohio on Tap craft beer magazine and to introduce the beers of some of Ohio’s newest breweries to the craft-beer-loving crowd that patronizes the annual Ohio Brew Week. “New Crafts on the Block” will take place on Friday, July 18 from 7-10 p.m. (VIP admission at 6 p.m.) at ARTS/West in the theater and parking lot.

For more details and a complete schedule, see www.ohiobreweeek.com. They also have a useful mobile schedule and you can create your own personal schedule so you don't miss the events that interest you most. Have fun and drink responsibly...hotel suggestions can also be found on the website.

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