International Beer Festival Information & Giveaway!

International Beer Festival

The International Beer Festival returns May 11-12 2012

International Beer Fest is Back for Another Round

May in Cleveland means one thing for craft beer lovers – The I-X Center proudly announces the return of International Beer Fest, the largest showcase and competition of world beers in the Midwest, held May 11 & 12, 2012, at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The event will feature three public tasting sessions with over 200 stellar breweries from around the world pouring upwards of 800 select beers – tickets are on sale now at

“It is a natural fit that Cleveland and the I-X Center host a beer showcase and competition of this caliber,” notes Robert Peterson, President, I-X Center. “As an exposition center with a proven track record of success, the I-X Center is thrilled to produce an event of this magnitude highlighting local, national and international beers and breweries. We are proud that International Beer Fest has quickly grown to become the largest beer centric festival in the Midwest!” International Beer Fest features appearances by celebrity brewers, respected authors and entertaining personalities sharing enlightening industry insights on The SPEAKeasy, Brew U and Tasting Room stages. From discussions to demonstrations, renowned beer experts reveal how they have shaped the industry will meet patrons during interactive sessions (schedules can be found on

International Beer Fest Features:

Educational programming abounds at Brew U, where beer-centric demonstrations and discussions presented by regional brewers highlight trends in beer styles, food pairings, economic developments and sustainable brewing. The International Beer Fest Awards Ceremony is hosted on The SPEAKeasy stage between scheduled presentations across all three sessions by some of the world’s most highly regarded brewmasters and industry professionals. The Tasting Room offers seminars on food and beer pairings identifying beer flavors and more. Vendors specializing in beer-related products offer their wares on the Fest Floor. Officially licensed brewery apparel and event merchandise will be available exclusively in the Festival Store.

All features are included with ticket purchase. Patrons keenly interested in exceptional beers and a unique encounter can also purchase a VIP exBEERience ticket which includes all of the Fest Features above, PLUS additional tasting tickets, commemorative t-shirt and access to the VIP Brewers Lounge, where tappings of limited edition beers not available on the main floor, complimentary hor d’oeurves and the opportunity to meet and mingle with renowned brewers are available.

Tasting Sessions:

Session 1 — Friday, May 11 from 7-11 p.m.

Session 2 — Saturday, May 12 from 1-5 p.m.

Session 3 — Saturday, May 12 from 7-11 p.m.

Win tickets!

Update – The contest is now over, congrats to Kerrie McLean for winning!!

I’m giving away a pair of tickets to any of the three sessions. All you have to do is post what beer on the real ale list you’d drink first if you win. Post your answer on my Facebook page – the first response that matches my pick wins 2 tickets to a session of your choice! Good luck and I’ll see you at the festival!

Fine print: You must be 21 to win and you must not have won tickets from someone else.  One response/person/day. The first post to my BobbyLikesBeer Facebook wall that matches my pre-determined pick wins! Sorry if you don’t have FB, that’s how I chose to do this giveaway.  Thanks and cheers!

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