Drink Beer: Save the Environment! Win Tickets!

by Renee on July 6, 2011

What could be better than helping the environment and drinking some great beer, eating some delicious food and hearing some live music, all at the same time? Not much! Yes, it’s time once again for the Burning River Festival on Whiskey Island! Presented since 2001 by the Great Lakes Brewing Company and Burning River Foundation, Inc., this festival brings people together to remember the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River and to celebrate the renewed sense of environmental consciousness the infamous fire sparked.

This tenth anniversary year you’ll see over 30 musicians and bands on three stages, ranging from blues to funk and eclectic styles of music.  Along with the Great Lakes Brewing Company fish fry and craft beers (including GLBC Christmas Ale!), you’ll also find other local restaurants and chefs such as Cropicana, Dim and Den Sum, and McCormick and Schmick’s offering fresh food and demonstrations. And you won’t want to miss the interactive environmental and educational displays for all ages. You’ll find all of this–including spectacular nighttime views of Cleveland from wonderful greenspace–right in the heart of the city’s industrial center! The event happens rain or shine, and here are the details:

Christmas in July: Good Cheer. Good Cause. Good Beer.
Saturday, July 23, 2011, 6 PM – 11 PM
Sunday, July 24, 2011, 1 – 6 PM
Historic Coast Guard Station at Whiskey Island

The online ticket Presale is going on now! Just $8/per person/per day or $15/weekend pass (per person). At the gate you’ll pay $10/per person/per day, with kids 12 and under free!
Proceeds benefit The Burning River Foundation, whose purpose through grants, donations and community involvement is to provide extensive education and resources for:  Ecological Conservation / Environmental Protection / Scientific Exploration / Historic Preservation and Sustainable Future of our waterways.

Now here’s the best part: I have two pairs of tickets to give away, one set for Saturday, and one for Sunday. I’d like you to leave a comment on this post, telling me which Great Lakes Brewing Company beer is your favorite and why, and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll draw two random winners on Friday, July 15th. (I’ll throw your hat in again for another chance if you tweet about this blog post and address me @BrewersDaughter!) I’ll do my best to accomodate you for the day you’d like to attend. The winners have 24 hours to respond to my message and  if they don’t, then I’ll pick someone else. You can only win one set of tickets.

Meanwhile, you can follow Burning River Festival on Twitter @GLBCBRFest and with the hashtag #BRF11; or on Facebook at facebook.com/burningriverfest.

Disclaimer: The marketing gals at Great Lakes Brewing have offered me these tickets to give away and my own set of tickets for the promotion of this event. It’s something I’m happy to support, and an event I’m looking forward to attending for the first time! Hope I’ll see you there! And please remember to drink responsibly–have a designated driver for the day, and promise them a night at Great Lakes Brewing in return for the favor!

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather July 6, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Of course Christmas Ale is a favorite, but I really like Eliot Ness a lot too! It’s a nice, smooth amber with great taste! If I win, I don’t care which day…I’ll be there all weekend!



Rachel (Hounds in the Kitchen) July 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I love Dortmunder Gold, especially on warm summer days like today!


Michael Williams July 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm

My current fave has to be the Lake Erie Monster. Citrusy deliciousness that is irresistibly quaffable.

In the unlikely event of my winning I’d like Saturday tix, as Sunday I will be helping pour brews at the fest!


Kerrie July 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

GLBC beer kinda rocks! It’s a hard choice, but I’d say my favorite is the Nosferatu. Or maybe the Lake Erie Monster. or perhaps the Black Ice… Like I said, a hard choice.


Denise K July 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Holy Moses is my long-time GLBC favorite. On a hot summer day, on a patio. I’m a sucker for a good wit!


Jason K July 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I enjoy many brews, but my favorite is Xmas ale.


Terry Glover July 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

My favorite is Conways Irish Ale because it brings out the IRISH in me!


Shannon July 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I have to pick only one? Well in that case, I have to go with Eliot Ness. It could be because it was my first taste of one of the many amazing Great Lakes brews, or simply because it is pure delicious in a bottle! 🙂


Daune July 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

It has been, and probably always will be, Nosferatu, but I’ll tell ya, Lake Erie Monster is #2 with a bullet! I’m a big fan of the Doppel Rock, too. Glad they’re branching out!


Renee July 15, 2011 at 11:31 am

CONGRATS Daune, you are a winner! Your tickets will be waiting for you at Will Call on Sunday!


Bite Buff July 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

Holy Moses!


Scott Pappada July 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

Christmas Ale is by far my favorite but I am also loving the Lake Eerie monster this summer! After long day of work the high power Pale Ale is just what I need to wind down/relax.


Jessi McCloy July 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

It is very difficult to pick a favorite! I love Christmas Ale, Lake Erie Monster and Holy Moses. Christmas Ale just reminds me of all the reasons why I love the holidays.


Rich Barton July 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Blackout stout is the best!


Brian July 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Christmas Ale is my favorite! I’d really like to win a ticket to the Fest since it’s my birthday on Sunday! (would prefer a Sat. ticket though)


Renee July 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

CONGRATS Brian, you are a winner! Happy birthday, your tickets will be waiting for you at Will Call on Saturday.


Rita July 8, 2011 at 10:07 am

Darn! I think I missed it! My favorite has always been the Eliot Ness… I would love to win because I am taking my three teenagers to Cleveland that weekend and it would be a fabulous experience for them. TY


Renee July 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

You didn’t miss anything, Rita! Thanks to all who have commented so far–tweet about the contest for another chance to win! Be sure to mention @BrewersDaughter so I see your tweet!


Tricia McCune July 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm

My favorite is the Xmas ale! Because it always seems to create the most fuzzy, but memorable evenings!


Mike M July 11, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I’d definitely have to go with Conways – what better way to fuse Irish culture with a Cleveland original!

Tricia – The Christmas Ale is a close second for me, but I’d have to say my evenings are more often fuzzy than memorable after having a few of them 🙂


Lois Popa July 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

My first beer of choice was Moon Dog but they don’t make it anymore, so now i really like the lake erie monster, and my husband likes pretty much all of the with the exception of dopplerrock. I would love to go to the burning river festival.


Jim J July 12, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Mmm…Great Lakes beers, great chefs, summertime, and Cleveland; sounds like a great combo to me! I think my favorite GL would have to be Blackout Stout with Lake Erie Monster as a close second; love stouts and can’t get enough hops!


Jeanne July 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm

What? No mention of my favorite; The Commadore Perry! Hoppy beers make happy people. Gotta say I finally tried the Lake Erie Monster and it was pretty good too. I’ve tried them all, but always go back to my Commadore Perry!


Frank July 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Love Love Love X-Mas Ale. I actually think 12 Dogs is better. But a close second is GLBC Xmas.


Jeff July 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm

My favorite is Blackout Stout (especially the Bourbon Barrel Aged), I have great memories of the Blackout (aside from my aquarium overflowing and lack of AC), I recall having a drink at Shooters after the waitress realized that you didn’t need power to operate a beer tap, and remember grilling out on the Viaduct bridge with dozens of other Stonebridge residents turning a negtive into a fun evening, what a great name for a commemorative beer!. Plus, I love beer and bourbon, what a great combo!


Brewer's Daughter July 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

And my winners are Daune and Brian, congrats and enjoy! Thanks to everyone who left comments. Hope to see you there!


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