New venue, more beers: Ohio Craft Brewers up their game with ‘Ale-O-Ween’

Annual event that celebrates beer will move to the Dayton Convention Center for its fourth year

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association is bringing its Halloween-themed Ale-O-Ween beer festival back to Dayton next weekend for its fourth annual event, which this year will include more breweries, more beers and a new venue.

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The Ale-O-Ween party will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St. in  downtown Dayton.

The event, which had been held at the Dayton Steam Plant the last two years, has grown in popularity, necessitating a move to a more spacious venue, craft brewers association officials said. The larger venue will allow for more attendees and more breweries than in years past, the OCBA said in a release.

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This year, 43 Ohio craft breweries will be pouring samples of more than 120 beers, featuring seasonal styles, limited-release brews and popular favorites with names such as “Old Ghosts,” “Jack-O-Lager,” “Boo Juice” and “Gourd to Death.” Last year’s event drew about 40 breweries and about 100 beers.

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Ale-O-Ween is a fundraiser for the OCBA, a nonprofit guild that exists to promote, preserve and unify Ohio’s craft brewing industry.

In addition to craft beer samples, Ale-O-Ween will feature live music by The AmpFibians and Team Void, face painting and tarot card readings. Food will be available for purchase.

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Individual general admission tickets are available in advance for $40 ($50 at the door), which includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. Early admission tickets are also available for $50 ($60 at the door), granting admission at 5 p.m. The brewers association is offering a group discount: the “Ale-O-Ween Six-Pack” includes six regular or early admission tickets for the price of five. Designated-driver admission is available for $15 and includes a food voucher.

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Attendees are encouraged to come in Halloween costume. No weapons are allowed, Halloween prop or otherwise. No backpacks, messenger bags, oversized purses or other carrying items will be permitted.

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Tickets can be purchased online at ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween.

Here’s a list participating breweries and the beers they’ll be pouring, according to an OCBA release:

Alematic Artisan Ales (Huber Heights)

• Comeback Season pumpkin milk stout

• Guilty Conscience IPA

Branch & Bone Artisan Ales (Dayton)

• Dream Wax oat cream IPA

• Bramble Blast berry joose sour ale

Carillon Brewing Co. (Dayton)

• Roggenbier rye ale

• Squash Ale

Columbus Brewing Co. (Columbus)

• Pilsner

• Scarlet and Scades American red ale

• Cloaked in Cashmere wet hopped IPA

• Citrus Orchard IPA

Crooked Handle Brewing Co. (Springboro)

• Witcher Pumpkin Ale

• Roadside Peanut Butter Porter

The Dayton Beer Co. (Dayton)

• Jack-O-Lager pumpkin lager

• Deep Sea Diving sea salt stout

• Barrel-Aged Deep Sea Diving sea salt stout

• Gem City Light lager

Devil Wind Brewing (Xenia)

• Ein Prosit! festbier

• Dankel dunkel

Eudora Brewing Co. (Dayton)

• Groove Juice session IPA

• Cheval Magique Belgian golden strong ale

Fat Head's Brewery (Middleburg Heights)

• Strange Magic IPA

• Spooky Tooth imperial pumpkin ale

Fifth Street Brewpub (Dayton)

• Oktoberfest lager

• The Mighty MacIntosh apple cinnamon ale

Fifty West Brewing Co. (Cincinnati)

• Home Sweet Home brown ale

• Veinermobile festbier

Grainworks Brewing Company (West Chester)

• Overfruited cherry pineapple Berliner weisse

• Old Motor Oil bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout with coffee and vanilla

• Cabana Boy pineapple vanilla milkshake IPA

• Old Ghosts milk stout with chocolate, caramel, hazelnut and peanut butter

Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland)

• Nosferatu imperial red ale

• Barrel Aged Alberta Clipper porter

Hairless Hare Brewery (Vandalia)

• Hazy Dayz New England pale ale

• Fire Roasted Pumpkin Porter

Heavier Than Air Brewing Co. (Centerville)

• Balloon Factory ESB1

• S1030 PPA

Lake Rat Brewing (Celina)

• Boo Juice New England hazy DIPA with wild cherries and cranberries

• Rat Trip hazy IPA

• Pickin Berries raspberry sour

Little Fish Brewing Co. (Athens)

• Beets on Repeat beet saison

• Work Party IPA

Lock 27 Brewing (Dayton)

• Pumpkin Pi imperial pumpkin ale

• Stumbling Nag DIPA

MadTree Brewing (Cincinnati)

• S'more Gratitude stout

• Like A Voss hazy IPA

Market Garden Brewery (Cleveland)

• Progress Pilsner

• Prosperity Wheat

• Citramax IPA

Maumee Bay Brewing Co. (Toledo)

• Fakejuice New England IPA

• Barrel-Aged Total Eclipse breakfast stout

• Kristalweiss

Moeller Brew Barn (Maria Stein & Troy)

• Baked Oatmeal Stout

• Wally Post Red

Mother Stewart's Brewing (Springfield)

• Disco Dancer hazy IPA

• Vienna Lager

North High Brewing (Columbus)

• Wired coffee stout

• Fly hazy pale ale

Northern Row Brewery & Distillery (Cincinnati)

• Helles Lager

• Drifter IPA

• Banker export stout

• Barrel-aged Barley Wine

Nostalgia Brewing (Gahanna)

• Thackery Binx pumpkin latte ale

• Sanderson Sisters pumpkin ale

• Heroes in a Half Shell oyster stout

Outerbelt Brewing (Carroll)

• Gravel Donuts New England IPA

• The Rivalry imperial red ale

Penguin City Brewing Co. (Youngstown)

• Penguin City Beer golden ale

• 10-10-19 farmhouse IPA

• John Young’s Ale apple saison

Pretentious Barrel House (Columbus)

• Truculent golden sour with ginger and lime

• Here's Your Hops, Pucker sour IPA

Railroad Brewing Company (Avon)

• ChoCoal Train chocolate stout

• Full Pig bacon maple brown ale

Seventh Son Brewing (Columbus)

• Proliferous double IPA

• Chester Copperpot smoked double altbier

• Oubliette imperial stout

• Tessera New England IPA

Sonder Brewing (Mason)

• Blood Orange Blanc Belgian-style wheat beer

• Boggs Berliner weisse with cranberries

• Concord Grape Frosted milkshake IPA

• Dunkel Weizen

• Pina Colada Frosted milkshake IPA

• Straight Clouds double dry hopped New England double IPA

Star City Brewing (Miamisburg)

• Building 26 bier de garde

• Twisted Mill stout

Streetside Brewery (Cincinnati)

• Glitter Freeze dragon fruit passionfruit Berliner weisse

• Interstate Pastry Fight imperial pastry stout with chocolate covered creme filled doughnuts

Taft’s Brewing Co. (Cincinnati)

• Gavel Banger IPA

• Gustav Vienna lager

• Nellie’s Winter white ale

• Gourd to Death brown ale with pumpkin seeds, maple syrup and brown sugar

Toxic Brew Co. (Dayton)

• Toxic Harvest butternut squash and apple cider ale

• Gem City Ruby amber ale

Uniontown Brewing Co. (Ashland)

• Legends pumpkin ale

• McDowell dunkel

• Faultless IPA

Urban Artifact (Cincinnati)

• Photo Booth grapefruit gose

• Operation Plowshare blackberry Midwest fruit tart

• Finn tart pale ale

• Night Market mangosteen and banana Midwest fruit tart

• Gramophone nectarine Midwest fruit tart

• Syrah Grapes brut fruit tart

Warped Wing Brewing Company (Dayton)

• CreepShow smoked porter

• Bourbon Barrel Aged CreepShow smoked porter

• Bourbon Barrel Aged Flying Heads dubbel pumpkin

• Rum Barrel Aged Flying Heads dubbel pumpkin

• Lagerstadt Oktoberfest

• Test Flight hazy pale ale

• Trotwood lager

Wild Ohio Brewing (Columbus)

• Blueberry tea beer

• Black Cherry Bourbon tea beer

• Peach tea beer

Willoughby Brewing Co. (Willoughby)

• Nut Smasher imperial stout

• Pumpkin Ale

Wolf's Ridge Brewing (Columbus)

• Daybreak coffee vanilla cream ale

• Pack IPA

• Red Legacy Flanders-style red ale

• Wolf Claw rocky road imperial stout

Yellow Springs Brewery (Yellow Springs)

• Boat Show IPA

• First Lost Episode fruited Belgian-style ale

• Handsome brown ale (variant TBA)

WANT TO GO?

What: 4th Annual Ale-O-Ween presented by the Ohio Craft Beer Association

When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., downtown Dayton

Cost: Individual general admission tickets are available in advance for $40 ($50 at the door), which includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. Early admission tickets are also available for $50 ($60 at the door), granting admission at 5 p.m. The brewers association is offering a group discount: the "Ale-O-Ween Six-Pack" includes six regular or early admission tickets for the price of five. Designated-driver admission is available for $15 and includes a food voucher. Tickets can be purchased online at ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween.

More info: Tickets can be purchased online, and more information is available, at ohiocraftbeer.org/ale-o-ween. No weapons are allowed, Halloween prop or otherwise. No backpacks, messenger bags, oversized purses or other carrying items permitted.

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