Today is the last full day for the 9th Annual Dayton Beer Week, before the dozens of events and special offers around town culminate with AleFest this Saturday on Aug. 25.
The annual series of events promoting craft beer in the Dayton area includes dozens of craft beer tastings at local breweries, beer pubs, restaurants and retailers. A full schedule of events can be found at daytonbeerweek.com, but here are a few of the best events that have already happened and are still to come:
Some of the best Beer Week events that have already happened:
Friday, Aug. 17
The event called, simply, “BEER!” gave guests a chance to sample a signature beer from participating Dayton-area breweries at one spot, in this case at Old Yellow Cab Building at 700 E. Fourth St. in Dayton. Free admission. The event coincided with the venue’s monthly food-truck rally.
Sunday, Aug. 19
The 8th Annual Dayton Beer Pride Parade started in front of Dublin Pub at East Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue, finishing on East Fifth Street in the shared parking lot at Thai9. The parade was led by Mayor Nan Whaley, who demonstrated her cask-tapping expertise signaling Dayton Beer Week’s official kickoff, according to Dayton Beer Week organizer Joe Waizmann.
Monday, Aug. 20
The “Biking for The Beer of It!” at Devil Wind Brewery in Xenia included a 10-mile loop finishing at the brewery. Appetizers were provided by Nick’s Restaurant of Xenia will follow the ride. All net proceeds will benefit Bike Miami Valley.
In Dayton, a Bikes & Brews Charity Bike Ride with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton started from Warped Wing Brewing Company in downtown Dayton. The event included a bike ride, light snacks and a pint of beer following the ride. For more information, check out the Facebook event or call Tara at (937) 222-7003.
Wednesday, Aug. 22
Dayton’s newest brewery, Branch & Bone Artisan Ales, is showcasing what it does best — sour beers! The brewery will host an All Tart Tap Takeover starting at 4 p.m. A few brews you can expect to see on tap include Peach Tea Berliner, Ginger Lime Pea Blossom Berliner and Cherry Berliner.
Feel like grooving? Warped Wing Brewing Company will be hosting a record dance party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The best part is that the vinyl spinning will feature local artists. Have some of your own local vinyl you’d like to share ? Bring it on down and they’ll play it!
A very special Wu-Tang Wednesday at The Barrel House will feature a COMPLETE tap takeover with Hi-Wire brews. The 17 different beers will include classic Hi-Wire favorites and extremely limited brew pub specials that have never been tapped in Ohio. The Drunken Waffle food truck will be on site to take care of your food cravings, because what goes better with Wu than waffles?!
Thursday, Aug. 23
Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery is hosting its 8th Annual Firkin Drag Race at 6 p.m. Fat Head’s brewery, Lucky’s two-time champ, will be featuring Orange Sunshine Daydream as they face off against the newcomer 50 West with Lemon Lime Doom Pedal to see who is the champion of our annual Beer week event. Help drain your favorite brew’s firkin first to get it to the next round.
Would you like a side of food to accompany your beer? Spinoza’s is hosting a Beer Dinner at 7 p.m. featuring the elusive Nowhere In Particular brews. Spectacular food and beers paired with a crazy bunch from NIP and live music by the Grateful Dead tribute The Great Northern String Band. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead.
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Try your luck at Beer Week Bingo at Chappys Social House or DK Effect Brewcade.
Chappy’s Bingo event starts at 6 p.m. with Greg Pilch from Bell’s. You can win some Bell’s goodies and drink some hard-to-find Bell’s beers including Larry’s Latest IPA, Oracle, 30th Anniversary Cherry Stout, Sparkleberry and Two Hearted Ale.
DK Effect’s Beer Bingo begins at 7 p.m. as Jim from Troegs will be on hand to pass out swag. Tap specialties will include beers from their scratch series beers, naked elf and nimble giant double IPA. Come out at 7 to fill up your pint glasses and Bingo cards!
Friday, Aug. 24
Can’t wait for AleFest on Saturday? Get your festie feet wet with Bells Oberonfest at The Wandering Griffin. Festivities start at 3 p.m. and go until the brewpub closes at 11 p.m. Live music, a dunk tank, corn hole, Yardzee and more will be on tap! As for the brews, there will be special tappings including Oberon (of course!), Mango Habanero Oberon, The Oracle, Pooltime and more! There will be a raffle to support Luv4K9’s with many great raffle prizes available.
It’s officially barrel-aged beer season again! Hairless Hare will host a special release from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring their own Cold War Russian Imperial Stout aged in Russell’s Reserve barrel, 3 Quarter Porter aged in Russell’s Reserve barrel, Cold War Russian Imperial Stout aged in 1792 barrel, and Kings Reserve Scotch Ale aged in a Woodford Reserve barrel.
Saturday, Aug. 25
More than 350 craft beers from over 130 craft breweries from around the world will be part of AleFest from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dayton Convention Center in downtown Dayton. There will be 30 craft beers served on draft as well as a special Dayton area breweries section. “VIP” admission is $60 in advance with entry at 3 p.m., general admission (4 p.m. entry) is $40 in advance, $50 at the gate. Tickets include 20 samples of craft beer, live music and a sampling glass. For more information, go to www.AleFest.com or Facebook.com/AleFests.
For a full schedule of events for Dayton Beer Week, go to daytonbeerweek.com.