Be a Part of YOUR BrewFest!

By Chris Nabakowski


Traditions are funny things.

Sometimes they’re as old as the people who honor them, a part of a community’s culture so ingrained that it would drastically change if the tradition was no longer kept alive.

And sometimes traditions are of a newer kind. Sometimes they’re evidence of a change in cultural identity. They represent a shift in the way the citizens of a specific community see themselves, their place in the world, and what they believe to be most important.

Sometimes a new tradition can even be used as a rallying point for a people. A shining beacon that draws not only the eyes of the community in which it resides, but those of outsiders; folks who might not be fully aware of what they’re looking at, but want to know more.

THAT is what we envision for BrewFest Waterfront District.

Sure, we bring great beer, wine, mead, and cider to the table. And yeah, we most definitely are a celebration of the great skill necessary for creating such lip-smackingly good refreshments.

But we also strive to highlight the greatness of the city of Lorain and, beyond its borders, the county that bares its name! At BrewFest, we see incredible potential in the communities west of Cuyahoga County. We know that we’re underdogs and yet we embrace that!

And that’s why I’m writing today to earnestly ask anyone who loves Lorain as much as we do to join us this year.

Whether it’s simply volunteering to pour beer (a task of utmost importance at our Fest), showing up as a vendor to inform the thousands of attendees about what YOU are doing in our area, or even becoming a Sponsor and helping us put on a better festival than ever before, we’d love to see you rally along with us.

Because of you and your patronage, we’re well on our way to becoming one of the preeminent beer festivals in the Buckeye State. We love that we can bring happiness and enjoyment to the community that we care so deeply about. And we would be incredibly appreciative of anyone who wants to be a part of building upon our past accomplishments and creating a longstanding tradition that celebrates not only brews, but the uniqueness and beauty of Lorain and Lorain County.

We’re certain the city of Lorain is a community on the rise.

We’re doing our very best to help.

And we’d love if you’d like to help, too.

Chris Nabakowski

Tap Room Exclusive - BrewFest Cruise Podcast
Hey fellow beer lovers! Dean Zarbaugh from Tap Room Exclusive was on board the BrewsFest Cruise on Friday, June 14th doing a podcast for his local beer news/blog site and if you haven’t been there, you should check it out! If you just want to listen to the podcast and hear more details about the local brewers and their beers, just click the button below!
Brew Off InfoZone

Looking to showcase your brewing skills? Have a recipe the world deserves to know about? Just LOVE home brewing and want to see where you stand amongst your contemporaries?

Then boy does BrewFest have the opportunity for you!

For the first time EVER we’re offering our beer-crazy fans a chance to showcase their skills in our inaugural Home Brew Brew Off!

Check out our rules & regulations and if you think you’ve got what it takes, sign up! We’ll do the rest!

  • Create a brew you’re proud of
  • Maintain detailed recipe (measurements, ingredients, etc.)
  • Official entry form must be filled out on website
  • Each home brewer will be assigned a Lorain County brewery as their “Team”
  • Upon entry, each participant will receive an email with their assigned brew number and Team
  • After beer is bottled, two of the bottles must be labeled with participant’s number
  • Participants must bring their bottles to BrewFest HQ at beginning of event (Noon)
  • Judging will take place at 3pm
  • Judges will be the head brewers of Local Breweries
  • After each judge gives opinions about each beer and casts their vote, the winner will be announced
  • Winning home brewer will have an opportunity to have their beer brewed by their Brewery Team and served on draft at that establishment
  • $25 Entry Fee Payable on Website
  • Complimentary BrewFest Ticket
The Brew Crew
BrewFest Cruise

We’ve teamed up with the Lorain Port Authority and our Lorain County Brewers for the BrewFest Cruise! Featuring Avon Brewing Company, Bascule Brewing Company, Franklin Brewing Company, and Railroad Brewing! It’s Friday, June 14th 2019 from 7-9pm. Two hours of fun with our #LoCoProud brewers!

Tickets include samples, the cruise, finger foods and Live Music by Dan Socha and Bethany Svoboda. Tickets are only $40, get them now using the link below!

The Brew Crew