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Posted July 19, 2011 By GLBeer Snob
It’s that time of year again! We are getting flooded with e-mails, phone calls, Facebook comments and Twitter posts about where fans can grab some of Great Lakes’ famous Christmas Ale. Not to worry! GLBC has made a FRESH batch of Christmas Ale to celebrate the Christmas in July/Spirit of Giving theme of our annual Burning River Fest (July 23-24 at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island). The Burning River Fest is the only place you can get the freshest Christmas Ale this summer – otherwise, you’ll have to wait until November!
About the Burning River Fest: Since 2001, people from all over the Great Lakes region have come together to remember the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River and celebrate the renewed sense of eco-consciousness the infamous fire sparked. Intended to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the Great Lakes region and Cuyahoga River ecosystem, the annual Burning River Fest features educational exhibits from area environmental groups, fresh food from local farms and eateries, live music and, obviously, a special appearance by Christmas Ale!
I personally cannot wait for the festival this year. We have over 30 bands on 3 stages and some fabulous local food offerings (the list will make you hungry!). I’m especially excited to ramp up my own cooking skills and learn from the chef demonstrations conducted by local Cleveland chefs. Let’s not forget about what this festival ultimately represents – environmental awareness! We have a long list of Eco-Partners this year that want to educate our attendees on the sustainable future of our waterways. You can even win a bicycle at the Fest!!
Event proceeds benefit the Burning River Foundation, which supports local sustainability efforts that focus on water quality – over $246,000 has been awarded since the festival’s inception to groups including the Great Lakes Science Center, The Trust for Public Land, EcoWatch and many more!
This weekend is going to be HOT – and I don’t just mean the weather. Please come out and support the festival and help protect our most valuable resource – WATER! I promise you won’t be disappointed. Admission tickets are only $10/person and can be purchased online or at the admission gate. Don’t forget your ID!
Want to attend the fest this year? Well, this beer snob has two (2) tickets for Saturday and Sunday to give away! Just leave a comment below on what you loved about past Burning River Fests or why you want to attend this year. Winners will be selected randomly by 5 PM on Thursday, July 21st. E-mail MUST be included in your post to be eligible.