Seasonal beers provide a unique change-up, but often pass so quickly you can't sample them all, except of course for Beast Ice, which always seems to be in stock. Get them all, at Saturday's Winter Beer Festival at Cliveden
Set on historic Cliveden's Mt. Airy sprawl, Sat's afternoon boozing affair features 30+ breweries pouring 50+ winter-specific brews in a heated festival tent and one of Cliveden's Colonial-era structures where the British once fought off George Washington's army with a meager supply of muskets and an abundance of dry condescension. A $40 GA ticket nets a souvenir tasting glass and 3 1/2 hours of Christmas ales from Breckenridge, Anchor, and Great Lakes, unfiltered Scottish ale in Long Trail's Hibernator, and the lightly-spiced Nor'Easter Winter Lager from Hooker, as well as locals like PBC's plum/clove/cinnamon-spiced Winter Wunder wassailing ale, and a pair from Earth Bread & Brewery: St. Eve Trappist-style pale and a brown ale aptly called...Brown, presumably from the creative minds that bring you finer Cleveland sports franchises. For $65, VIP ticket holders get an extra hour of imbibing, including exclusive access to 13 mostly imported brews like the Belgian Noël des Géants, two Danish strong ales from Ølfabrikken (8% Jule Ale & 9.5% chocolate/cherry Kloster Jule), and seasonals from England's Ridgeway Brewery including four ales whose names correlate w/ their ABVs, like 10.5% Criminally Bad Elf and 12% Insanely Bad Elf, who trolls the naughty list for casual tail
Grub'll be provided as well, with Feast Your Eyes Catering manning booths throughout the grounds, plating everything from perfect-pairing eats like bratwurst, pulled pork, and soft pretzels, to crowd-pleasers like hot dogs, fries, and Buffalo tenders, which'll mercifully be all the Beast you can expect.