10th Annual Winter Warmer Fest Shaping up to be Best Yet (Complete List)

This year’s Winter Warmer Fest, to be held next Saturday, March 5th from 2-6 p.m at Windows on the River, is shaping up to be one of the best gatherings of Ohio craft beer ever. The annual event, a fundraiser for the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, will feature the liquid assets of 52 Ohio breweries. On offer: winter-themed, limited edition and other flagship brews.

"Ohio Craft Beer has come a long way from our first to our 10th Annual Winter Warmer Fest," says Mary MacDonald, Executive Director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. "We started out with a cadre of Northeast Ohio breweries bringing their winter seasonals to share in camaraderie with the Cleveland craft beer community. We’ve grown to 50-plus breweries from around the state bringing their beers to an even larger and always-appreciative Cleveland craft beer scene."

The popular event also features live entertainment and food provided by a convoy of food trucks.

21-and-over general admission tickets cost $45 (DD tix cost $12) and include a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 samples. VIP tickets are $85 and include early admission (1 p.m.), limited edition t-shirt, swag bag and special beer tastings. 

Here’s the latest listing of participating craft breweries and offerings:

Barley’s Brewing Company (Columbus): Auld Curiosity, Frambwha?!, and Bourbon Meyer
The Brew Kettle (Strongsville): Kitka, Jackhammer
Brick and Barrel (Cleveland): Cleveland Dark Ale, Maple Bourbon McTavish Wee Heavy, cask of Stotan Stout
Boston Beer Company (Cincinnati): Rebel IPA Grapefruit, KMF, Cold Snap
Buckeye Brewing (Cleveland): TBA
Butcher & the Brewer (Cleveland): Albino Stout (White Stout), Big Belgo Bourbon Poppa (Russian Imperial Stout aged 120 days in Bourbon barrels), Stop Hop Kaboom IPA (American IPA), Cask: Toujours Amis (Double Dry Hopped Imperial Belgian Red IPA)
Canton Brewing Company (Canton): Red Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Dark, DIPA, Tuscora American Pils, TBD
Catawba Island Brewing Co. (Port Clinton): Polar Vortex Winter Wheat, Burning Snowman Doppelbock, Gull n Crossbones Imperial IPA, Lake Erie Love Light and one pin TBD
Cellar Rats Brewery (Madison): Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, POC Pilsner
Christian Moerlein (Cincinnati): Big Piney IPA, Emancipator Doppelbock,Twelve/163 - Brandy Barrel Aged Belgian Quad
Columbus Brewing Company (Columbus): TBA…but you know it will be good
Cornerstone Brewing Company (Berea and Madison): 7 IPA, Sandstone Marzen, Fatstone Imperial Stout, Rowan Wee Heavy, TBD
Elevator Brewing Company (Columbus): North Sea Baltic Porter, Horny Goat Barrel Aged Porter
Fat Head’s Brewery (Cleveland): Midnight Moonlight Black IPA, Pineapple Express IPA, Buffalo Trace Hippy Sippy, Great Scots Scotch Ale, Head Hunter IPA
Four String Brewing Co. (Columbus): Solo Series Rumble Strip Barley Wine, Big Star Belgian White IPA, Payback Pilsner, cask of Four Year Anniversary Imperial Stout
Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland): TBA…but you know it will be good
Hairless Hare Brewery (Vandalia): Cold War Russian Imperial Stout, Lephoptomus Imperial IPA, King's Reserve Barrel Aged Scottish Strong Ale
Hofbrauhaus Cleveland (Cleveland): Barrel Aged Schwarzbier, Hoppy Weizen, Hefeweizen, Dunkler Bock, Cleveland Red Lager
Homestead Beer Co. (Heath): 3MC’s Double IPA, Bison Imperial Stout, Tenpenny Amber Ale, Pioneer Pilsner
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery (Akron): Hop Heathen Imperial Black IPA, Boris The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout Reserve, Karminator Imperial Dopplebock, Barrel Aged Outta Kilter Scotch Red Ale, Infusion A Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffee Porter
JAFB Wooster Brewery (Wooster): Rain Delay IPA, Colombian Coffee Porter, Wooster New Stout, Harvest Saison
Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery (Athens): Bourbon Barrel Vanilla & Coffee Bean Dark Apparition, Vanilla & Coffee Dark Apparition, Razz Wheat, Mystic Mama
Kindred Artisan Ales (Columbus): Kindred Wit (Belgian-style White Ale) & Salvage Porter (Robust Porter)
Lager Heads Brewing Company (Medina): Imperial Stout, Plum Crazy Belgian Dubbel, Kilt-Em-All Scottish Ale, pin TBD
Land-Grant Brewing Company (Columbus): Deep Search Baltic Porter, Goon Strong Pale Ale
Lineage Brewing (Columbus): Russian Imperial Stout, Berliner Weiss with Tropical Fruit
Lucky Owl Brewing (Chagrin Falls): Hop Falls (Citra IPA), Dank & Juicy Pale Ale, Retrofit Porter, La Bolita (Barrel Aged Stout)
Little Fish Brewing Company (Athens): Double Harvey's Imperial Milk Stout, Balaclava Farmhouse Winter Warmer
MadTree Brewing Company (Cincinnati): PSA, Rubus Cacao
Main Street Grille & Brewing Co. (Garrettsville): Caped Brusader, Main Street Joe, Ma Barkers Birch Beer
Market Garden Brewery (Cleveland): Prosperity Wheat, Trouble Honey IPA, Midnight Vorlauf Coffee Porter, Retro Hippo Barleywine
Millersburg Brewing Company (Millersburg): Doc’s Scotch Ale, Buckhorn Lager AKA “Bacon Beer” Smoked Maibock
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company (Cincinnati): Imperial IPA, Coffee Brown Ale, Ardennes Belgian Quad
North High Brewing (Columbus): Double Rice IPA, Filthy McNasty Russian Imperial Stout, Orange Vanilla Coconut Wildcard! English Ale
Ohio Brewing Company (Akron): Verich Gold, O’Hoppy Ale (IPA)
The Phoenix Brewing Company (Mansfield): Black Aggie (Russian Imperial Stout), Santa Muerte (Spiced Imperial Chocolate Stout), Surly Gnome (Winter Spiced Ale), Embalming Fluid (Imperial IPA), Mary Jane (Imperial Chai Baltic Porter)
Pigskin Brewing Company (Columbus): Double Bonus Barley Wine, Autumn Wind Russian Imperial Stout
Platform Beer Co. (Cleveland): Barrel Aged Esther, Nelson Saison Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels, Speed Merchant, Run with the Devil Barleywine
Portside Brewery (Cleveland): Broadside Maple Barleywine, “Pop Smoke” Smoked Golden Ale, Walk The Plank Wheatwine
Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati): Ink Imperial Stout, Semi Dry Cidergeist, Truth IPA
Rocky River Brewing Company (Rocky River): Titan Triple, Coopers Kolsch
Royal Docks Brewing Company (Canton): Barrel-aged 120 Shilling Scotch Ale, One Sweet Dream , Vlad the Impaler, Tanglefoot IPA, Barrel-aged Yuletide, Barrel-fermented Monk's Head
Seventh Son Brewing (Columbus): American Strong Ale, Syzygy Double IPA.
Sibling Revelry Brewing (Westlake): IPA, Spring Wit
Taft’s Ale House (Cincinnati): Nellie's Key Lime Caribbean Ale, Gavel Banger American IPA, Maverick Chocolate Porter, Taft's Ale House Strudel Bock
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company (Akron): Wee Heavy Aged in Sherry Barrels, Citra Dog, Berliner Weiss, Bernese Barleywine
Warped Wing Brewing Company (Dayton): Ermal’s Belgian Cream Ale, Gamma Bomb IPA, Rye Whiskey BA Abominator Doppelbock, Irreverent Red IPA
Weasel Boy Brewing Company (Zanesville): Snow Ermine Holiday Ale, La Belette Rose French Saison
Willoughby Brewing Company (Willoughby): Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, Kaffee Kolsch, Third Planet Pale Ale, Moondance IPA, St. Otto Weizenbock, Oaked Brute's Quad (VIP Section only)
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Company (Columbus): Twelfth Night Braggot, Canis Mexicanus Spiced Russian Imperial Stout, Driftwood Session IPA, Clear Sky Daybreak Coffee Cream Ale, cask of Cherry Coffee Vanilla Dire Wolf and Dire Wolf Coco Joy Coconut Imperial Stout (VIP section)
Yellow Springs Brewery (Yellow Springs): TBA…but you know it will be good
Zaftig Brewing Co. (Columbus): IBS Christmas Ale, Wee Heavy Ale Aged on American Oak

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For 20 years, Douglas Trattner has worked as a full-time freelance writer, editor and author. His work on Michael Symon's "Carnivore," "5 in 5" and “Fix it With Food” have earned him three New York Times Best-Selling Author honors, while his longstanding role as Scene dining editor garnered the award of “Best...
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