Craft-beer scene finds new ally

Nonprofit group pumps up local brewers with first event Feb. 1

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The founders of the new nonprofit Grandview Craft Beer Alliance are looking to raise a glass to and raise the profile of the burgeoning craft-beer movement in Grandview and central Ohio.

The alliance, founded by Grandview residents Jamie Gentry and Laura and Doug Oldham, will hold its first event, the Grandview High Gravity Hullabaloo, on Feb. 1.

The event will offer samples of strong beers from about a dozen local craft breweries.

"The popularity of craft beer is really on the rise," Gentry said, adding Grandview has become an epicenter of the movement.

About five craft breweries are located in the Grandview area alone, Doug Oldham said.

"We want to help promote the craft-beer movement and help make sure that after its wave has crested, that these beermakers can stay in business," said Gentry, who makes his own beer as a hobby.

Craft beers are becoming increasingly popular because of their high-quality ingredients, he said.

"We don't want to say that other (mass-produced) beers like Budweiser are bad, but there is definitely a higher-quality ingredient that sets craft beers apart," Gentry said.

"The people who make craft beers are not some faceless corporation," Doug Oldham said. "You can meet them and you'll find their personalities are reflected in their beer."

The Hullabaloo event will feature beers with an alcohol by volume of 8 percent or higher, Laura Oldham said.

Only 200 tickets will be sold to ensure attendees won't have to endure long lines to enjoy their samples, she said.

Participating breweries include the Actual Brewing Company, Barley's Smokehouse, Catawba Island Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing Company, Four String Brewing Company, Hoof Hearted Brewing, North High Brewing, Seventh Son Brewing, Wolf's Ridge Brewing and Zaftig Brewing Company.

"Zaftig is a brand-new brewery and they will be offering samples of their beer for the very first time at our event," Doug Oldham said.

Along with the beer, the Hullabaloo will include roasted pig from Barley's Smokehouse, appetizers from Matt the Miller's Tavern and pies from Honeykiss Bakery as well as a DJ and free retro arcade games from Arcade Super Awesome.

The event will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 1 at 925 W. Burrell Ave., a former warehouse space near the Grandview Yard development.

"We tried to include things we liked from other beer festivals we've attended," Laura Oldham said. "We wanted to make it small so people wouldn't have to wait in long lines to sample the beer."

"We wanted to start small and get our feet wet for our first event," Gentry said.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance and cost $50. All-you-can-eat food, arcade games, a collectible glass and commemorative T-shirt are included.

A designated-driver ticket costs $20 and includes a special T-shirt, collectible pint glass and samples of Actual Coffee and Rambling House soda.

Tickets can be purchased at grandviewcraftbeer.com/hullabaloo.

"We're getting close to selling out," Laura Oldham said. "There is a small but loyal base of craft-beer lovers in central Ohio."

Parking will be available in the Grandview Yard parking garage and the Hyatt Place shuttle will provide transportation to 925 W. Burrell. The shuttle also will offer to take guests anywhere within two miles of the event to help make sure attendees arrive home safely.

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