Winter Wine & Ale Fest Tickets!

by Renee on November 13, 2012

It’s November, which means the holidays are nearly upon us. Here on the North Coast I particularly enjoy Cleveland’s Winterfest Celebration, and I want to share the joy with you! After the traditional lighting ceremony on Public Square on Saturday, November 24th, it’s time to warm up with the Winter Wine & Ale Fest! I have two tickets for one lucky person (a $100 value!)–just leave a comment here on this blog post, about which craft beer you’d like to receive as a gift this holiday season. I’ll pick a random winner on Wednesday, November 21st at noon. (I was offered tickets for this promotion, but I have another engagement, so I won’t be able to attend. However, I went last year, and thought it was a very nice event all the way around.)

From the Downtown Cleveland Alliance news release:

The party doesn’t stop once downtown Cleveland’s official holiday tree is lit!  Warm up with friends at DCA’s Winter Wine & Ale Fest – a holiday celebration featuring delicious local cuisine, brews and wineries immediately following downtown’s Winterfest event on November 24.  Winter Wine & Ale Fest is presented by Huntington Bank, and will take place in the lobby of Huntington’s Northeast Ohio headquarters at 200 Public Square.

The best wine and ale from more than 20 local wineries and craft breweries, paired with delicious food selections from favorite downtown restaurants – including Zack Bruell Restaurants (Parallax, Table 45, L’Albatros, Chinato and Cowell & Hubbard), Jonathon Sawyer’s Greenhouse Tavern and  Noodlecat, Brandt Evans’ Pura Vida, and many more – will be on hand for party-goers to enjoy.

Tickets to the Winter Wine & Ale Fest are $50 per person (must be over 21), and include 20 taste tickets and unlimited food from 7-10 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Cleveland’s new local radio station, 87.7 FM.

Proceeds from the evening’s festivities will benefit DCA’s Generocity Cleveland Initiative, which funds programs and services provided by DCA and its faith-based partners to the homeless of downtown Cleveland.

“Winter Wine & Ale Fest is the perfect nightcap for a day of tremendous activity on Public Square,” said Joe Marinucci, president and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance. “The proceeds from Winter Wine & Ale Fest help DCA connect with the homeless community and assist them with the services they need to find jobs and permanent housing.”

DCA’s full-time social worker communicates daily with the homeless community to help them obtain birth certificates and IDs, assist with job placement opportunities, and ultimately help them find permanent housing.

The event will feature food from Zack Bruell Restaurants (Parallax, Table 45, L’Albatros, Chinato and Cowell & Hubbard), Jonathon Sawyer’s Greenhouse Tavern and Noodlecat, Pura Vida, Whole Foods, Harry Buffalo, StrEat Mobile Bistro, Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery, and Taza Lebanese Grill.  A list of breweries and wineries is below:


  • ·         The Brew Kettle
  • ·         Cellar Rats
  • ·         Columbus Brewing
  • ·         Elevator Brewing
  • ·         Fat Heads
  • ·         Great Lakes Brewing Co.
  • ·         Indigo Imp
  • ·         Lager Heads
  • ·         Ohio Brewing
  • ·         Rivertown
  • ·         Roo Brew
  • ·         Thirsty Dog
  • ·         Willoughby Brewing


  • ·         Breitenbach
  • ·         Ferrante
  • ·         Virant’s
  • ·         Emerine Estates
  • ·         Firelands
  • ·         South River

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Marissa November 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I would love to receive a bottle of Odell’s Woodcut #6. This series holds a special place in my heart, because the first time I enjoyed Odell beer was on my honeymoon. My husband and I picked up their Woodcut #4 out there and opened it on our 6 month anniversary. It remains one of my favorite beers of all time. Odell doesn’t distribute in Ohio yet, but maybe Santa will.


Kerrie November 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’m pretty cool with most gifts of beer, but I’d very much like to try a Stone Enjoy by 12.21.12.


Paul Covert November 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

My desire for the holiday season is to receive a Three Floyds Dark Lord. I’ve got to share a bottle with a very charitable friend but I’d like to be greedy and enjoy more than a sip. Cheers!


Mike T November 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Who wouldn’t want Twelve Dogs of Christmas?


Cat T November 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I’m not normally one for Christmas-themed beers, but I do like Sam Adams Winter Lager.


The_3_Staples November 13, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I was thinking, and wouldn’t be disappointed with, BCBS or Dark Lord (or a variant), but seeing as this article also trumpets the Winter Wine & Ale Fest is on the 24th, I’d probably go with Founders’ CBS because I love the KBS and BS and, if I could get my holiday present on the 24th of November, it would seem kind of ironic to get the best of Michigan twice in a day… the CBS and the OSU beatdown of the Wolverweenies.


Juls November 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I would love to be gifted Sam Adams Utopia 10th Anniversary! However, I would immediately re-gift it to my hubby who deserves to be the one enjoying it. I’m sure since he is a really good guy he will share a wee sip with me.


Rich November 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm

While I would love 3 Floyds Dark Lord, I would be equally as happy to get Russian River’s Pliny the Elder. One day, I will obtain both. If it has to be a Christmas or Winter ale, I’m happy with most of our local breweries versions of these. Cheers!


W. Gregory Bell November 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I cannot attend, but feel free to send all the Fat Heads you feel may be necessary…

Hang On (2004)
My fat head,
face down in a bed of daffodils and crocus.
I embrace the gin blossom’s reckoning.


Katie O. November 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Sam Adam’s Old Fezziwig Ale. I’ve never had it but cinnamon, ginger and orange peel sound like a Christmas Delight.


Bite Buff November 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I want a Big Bad Baptist from Epic in my stocking!


Crystal @EatDrinkCleveland November 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

This: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery Barrel-Aged Frosted Frog Christmas Ale


Abbie November 14, 2012 at 9:05 am

Russian River Temptation, please!!


gina November 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

I’d like to try some of Rivertown’s Roebling this Christmas.


James November 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

I wouldn’t mind a Deschutes Jubelale under the Christmas tree.


Brigette November 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I have Blue and Gray Christmas Cranberry Ale on my Santa list.


John Kovats November 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I’m wishing for some Sam Adams Winter Ale in my stocking this year!!


Megan November 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

Shipyard Prelude Winter Ale under my tree please!


Clyn November 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

I would love to warm up with some Indigo Imp Winter Soul. Yum. Winter Wine & Ale Fest is a good time, I’ve gone every year.


Jason November 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I want some Fathead’s Holly Jolly. I am sick of the xmas ale from GLBC>


Jen November 17, 2012 at 7:28 am

I’d love to receive Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company :).


Lindsay November 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

A growler of Fat Head’s Holly Jolly:) Sláinte!


Jen @ Why CLE? November 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

Tough choice, but a recent favorite is the Oat Stout from Southern Tier.


Michael November 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

I would like to receive Three Philosphers.


Petro Lawrw November 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

Interesting question. I would love to receive Christmas Ale!


Matthew Van Wormer November 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

I would absolutely love to take part in this! This would make for a great write-up in my blog, ExBEERience CLE!


Ryan November 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

I would love to receive Founders CBS, KBS, or 3F Dark Lord!


Jillian November 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thirsty Dog raspberry ale please! It is the first beer I ever tried to impress my beer drinking boyfriend years ago and now that we have been married 2 weeks – I’d love to relive that drink!


Renee November 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Jillian, you are my winner, congratulations!!! You can pick up the tickets at the event in your name! Cheers and happy holidays~


T.J. November 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This would be awesome. I would love to get my hands on some 120 minute IPA or Pliny the Elder, but the odds of getting them are slim-to-none (since you have to go at least out of state to get them).


Sarah Rivera November 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I would love to receive a bottle of Columbus Bodhi in my stocking. Although, since they’re not bottling it (yet), I’ll take the IOU from Santa 😉


miranda yeager November 21, 2012 at 6:06 am

I am willing to try any beer I am given but I would love to have some local beer for christmas


Lee M November 21, 2012 at 11:46 am

Please leave some Great Lakes Christmas Ale under the tree!


Bobbie November 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Tröegs Mad Elf – my brother had it and raved about it.


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