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Summer Session invites craft-beer fans to chill

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A new summer event promises to provide a brew of craft beer, food, outdoor entertainment and music.

The Summer Session, the second Grandview Craft Beer Alliance event, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the southeast corner of Grandview Avenue and Goodale Boulevard.

"It's a bit different from our first event, the Hullabaloo," said alliance co-founder Laura Oldham. "We're promoting the Summer Session as an outdoor lazy Saturday afternoon of lounging and enjoying craft beer and meeting some of the local players in the craft-beer movement."

While the Hullabaloo featured strong beers, the Summer Session will spotlight session beers with 5 percent and lower alcohol by volume.

Several central Ohio breweries will participate, including the Actual Brewing Co., Four String Brewing, Granville Brewing Co., Homestead Beer Co, Hoof Hearted Brewing, North High Brewing, Seventh Son Brewing, Sideswipe Brewing, Smokehouse Brewing Co., Wolf's Ridge Brewing, Zaftig Brewing Co. and Zauber Brewing Co.

"We'll also have some breweries from other parts of Ohio, including Athens, Cincinnati, Toledo and Dayton," Oldham said.

The event also will feature food from Kenny's Meat Wagon, ManBQue, Matt the Miller's Tavern, Honeykiss Bakery and Sticky Finger Foods, plus root-beer floats served up by the Daily Growler.

Entertainment will include comedians, a DJ spinning vinyl, and live canning with Buckeye Canning, Oldham said.

"Buckeye Canning will offer an opportunity for people to bring in their homebrew and get two cases of cans of their beer," she said.

There are only 20 slots available for the canning and the service will cost $25. There is a limit of a five-gallon batch of homebrew per person, and home brewers will need to prepare their beer as if they are bottling it and bring their own equipment to fill the cans.

They also must purchase a ticket to the Summer Session in addition to a canning slot.

Tickets to the Summer Session cost $25 and are limited. The price includes beer samples and a collectible cup and koozie.

Tickets can be purchased at summersession.brownpapertickets.com or at grandviewcraft beer.com.

"We're inviting people to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and have a lazy Saturday afternoon of summer fun," Oldham said. "People are welcome to bring their dogs, too.

"It's going to have a block party feel to it," she said.

Oldham created the Grandview Craft Beer Alliance last year along with her husband, Doug, and Jamie Gentry.

"We're a nonprofit group working to promote local craft beers and to bring the breweries and businesses together to support each other and the craft-beer movement," Oldham said. "Our goal is to have our two big events each year."

Grandview has become a center of the local craft-brewing movement, with several breweries and taprooms in the area, including Four String, Smokehouse Brewing, Zauber and the Daily Growler.

"I don't know why craft beer is so popular in Grandview," Oldham said. "Perhaps it's because Grandview residents like to drink beer, or they're just looking for something special in the beer they drink."

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