Good point, robg, about the cost of entry into the beer festival featuring microbrews, which is not the same thing as wandering into a local watering hole for free. It's an invalid comparison to equate the Rodeo Bar with a one-day-a-year beer festival featuring beers that most drunkards have never heard of and would be afraid to try.
From the 2007 Glass City Beer Fest : "Tickets will cost $25 pre-purchase; $30 at the door."
tommy1's pals can buy a lot of cheap, junk beer for $25 to $30, which is why they wouldn't attend a beer festival. The beer festival is designed for snobs, which is about time, since Toledo already has a ton of other events the cater to those with no taste for brew.
GlassCityBeerFest.com has not updated their Web site with info about the 2008 event. And it's not listed on the March 7, 2008 page at doToledo.org.
The event, however, is listed at BeerFestivals.org.
March 7 : Glass City Beerfest
Location: Erie Street Market, Toledo, OH
Highlights: More than 60 hand-crafted beers by regional breweries; live music.; proceeds benefit the Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and The Arc of Lucas County.
The event is also listed at The Arc of Lucas County Web site :
Glass City Beer Fest 2008
Mark you calendars for Friday March 7, 2008
2007 Beer Fest was wonderful! Over 650 people attended to enjoy more than 60 hand-crafted beers from the region and music provided by 56DAZE. We thank all of the volunteers and the Beer fest Committee without whom the event could not have happened.
A comment the day after last year's event :
I am one of the event creators, and I am happy to answer any questions people had regarding the event! To report on last night, we sold around 700 tickets and had at least 800 people (including volunteers) through our doors at one time or another. Several of the breweries had a brewmaster or at least a representative in attendance to answer questions, by state law, they were not allowed to pour beer...but again, several were in attendance to talk about their beers. Additionally, I think we had a decent mix of large and small breweries, but I am very open to suggestions for next year. I am an executive directors for one of the charities that the proceeds benefited. With all of the funding cuts from United Way and other community sources, we were looking for a fun and unique (for Toledo) event. I hope everyone that attended had a good time. Both non-profit organizations greatly appreciate the support we received...both in attendance and all of the positive comments we heard from brewery reps, volunteers, and those who purchased tickets. March your calendars for March of 08!