July 17, 2017

COLUMBUS — Ohio State Fair’s first-ever “Hometown Sounds and Craft Beer Fest” will be held during this year’s Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, July 26 at 4 pm. The event will feature a free concert from Ohio artists billed “Hometown Sounds” including McGuffey Lane, Erica Blinn and Colin Gawel & The League Bowlers at 7 pm, and the opportunity to try craft beers from across the state starting at 4 pm.

Twelve breweries from across Ohio will be pouring their brews at the fest. To best represent the entire state of Ohio, we have selected two breweries from each of the six regions of Ohio.

The breweries include:

Black Cloister – Toledo
Columbus Brewing Co. – Columbus
Great Lakes – Cleveland
Fat Head’s – Cleveland
Jackie O’s – Athens
MadTree – Cincinnati
Maumee Bay – Toledo
Four String Brewing – Columbus
Rhinegeist – Cincinnati
Warped Wing – Dayton
Yellow Springs – Dayton
Little Fish Brewing – Athens
Each brewery will bring two craft beers to showcase – for a total of 24 different beers. Beer will be served by TIPS certified servers while representatives from each brewery will engage with patrons.

The beer tasting will begin at 4 pm and the fest will feature a free live concert from “Hometown Sounds: McGuffey Lane with Erica Blinn and Colin Gawel & The League Bowlers” in the WCOL Celeste Center at 7 pm. During the concert, craft beer will be served and tasting tickets will be accepted. Patrons can purchase 10 tickets for $20; each ticket buys a 3-ounce pour. The first 1,500 individuals will receive a complimentary commemorative 5-ounce tasting mug. More information is available at

The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation, the 2017 Ohio State Fair will run July 26 – Aug. 6

For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at


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