January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
As winter extends into the new year and activities are few and far between, the Museum Center at Five Points is bringing its annual Brew-Ha-Ha event to Cleveland Jan. 26.
The event was created to not only give residents a fun evening, but also to showcase the various beers created by local breweries and artisans. Now in its eighth year, it continues to grow in popularity, according to Mitch Mizell, the Museum Center’s curator of education.
“Starting in 2018, I was put in charge of Brew-Ha-Ha. I got in touch with all of our beer vendors — either distributors or brewers— who were willing to donate their products and time to help us put on this fundraiser for the museum,” Mizell explained.
Attendees pay one ticket price to receive a souvenir mug. They can then go around to the numerous vendors to try their favorite types of beer, or perhaps brands and flavors they’ve never experienced. Admission costs $35 for Museum Center members and $50 for nonmembers.
“There are so many brands for people to try here,” Mizell said. “Lots of places have summer beer festivals and Octoberfests, but this is taking place when there isn’t much going on. Plus, people are always bringing new and interesting flavors as well.”
As a testament to this, Jasper McDonald with Dry Valley Brewing is bringing his Peanut Butter M&M-flavored stout beer, which is sure to be just one of several unique creations.
The Museum Center is providing pretzels and popcorn for snacks. The Village Bake Shop is bringing its thumbprint cookies.
Local breweries and distributors providing beer include: Tarver Distributing, Cherokee Distributing, Monkey Town Brewing, Ocoee Winery, Dry Valley Brewing, Mash & Hops, Chattanooga Brewing, Big River Grill and Brewing Works and Dynamic Ales.
Those who keep their Brew-Ha-Ha tickets are also entitled to a discounted meal when they present their tickets at Stack: Southern Bistro, Catch Bar and Grill and CBC-Cleveland.
“To be honest you’ll see a good mixture of all types of beers,” Mizell said. “You’ll see porters, IPAs, pilsners, wheats and pretty much everything else you can imagine. Last year IPAs were the most requested beers, but this year I think they’ve went down a little and sour beers are becoming the popular thing. Whether you like something light, dark or in-between, it’ll be at Brew-Ha-Ha.”
In addition to the beers, Steve Hunt with Ocoee Winery will have several types of wine and the Museum Center will also have water.
While alcohol in general can be a controversial subject, Mizell believes an appreciation for artisan products such as craft beer is growing in Cleveland.
“I know for a fact people in this town enjoy beer and enjoy different kinds of beer. This is a great event for enjoying the art of it all,” he said.
Mizell encourages all of Cleveland to come out and give Brew-Ha-Ha a try, as you will not only get to try the many beers local breweries have made, but also help the museum continue its mission of telling the stories of the Ocoee Region.
To purchase tickets, go to museumcenter.org/brewhaha or visit the Museum Center’s Facebook page and click on Brew-Ha-Ha under the event’s tab. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event.
Brew-Ha-Ha begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. It is for those age 21 and over.
By: Colby Denton
Cleveland Daily Banner