Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Gatta Productions. I received compensation in exchange for the writing of this event spotlight piece. All opinions are my own.

for the third year in a row, the city of Youngstown, Ohio will play host to its very own beer festival and if last year’s event was any indication, it’s sure be a good one. The eponymous Youngstown Beer Fest was first held in 2013 and its initial success immediately spawned a generation. Once again, thousands of rabid beer fans will descend upon the city, mini-steins in hand, pretzel necklaces ’round their necks, eager to sample craft beer from the dozens of different breweries expected to be in attendance.

Youngstown Beer Fest LogoThe 2015 Youngstown Beer Fest is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 15th at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown. In a significant change from last year, this year’s BeerFest will feature a much smaller collection of breweries (just under 20 are expected) each pouring up to 8 unique beers. While this year’s event will feature a smaller number of breweries, it will probably make for a much more intimate event, giving festival goers ample opportunity to chat with brewery representatives. Still, do the math. Event at only 20 breweries, that’s somewhere around 160 different beers to sample. Not too shabby.

Along with all that great beer, there will be Ohio wine, food, prizes, vendors hocking their wares and plenty to keep you entertained. Speaking of entertainment, there will be a live concert by 20 Ride, a Zac Brown Tribute Band following the beer festival at 7pm. The final beer list hasn’t been released yet, but last year brought some great Ohio craft beer including Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cellar Rats Brewery, Elevator Brewing Company, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Lager Heads Brewing Company, and Rust Belt Brewing Company, just to name a few. Let’s hope we see these guys and more on August 15th.

Admission to the 2015 Youngstown BeerFest is being offered in three tiers, general admission ($35), designated driver ($10) and VIP ($55). Admission to the event  includes a chance to taste craft beer from nearly 20 different breweries each with up to 8 unique beers, Ohio wines, live entertainment, and access to local vendors. VIP attendees get into the Beer Fest two hours early at noon, the opportunity to sample a selection of rare specialty VIP-only beers and a special tasting glass. Tickets are on sale now.

Proceeds from the Youngstown Beer Fest will benefit The Paula and Anthony Rich Center for the Study and Treatment of Autism. Some other tidbits worth noting, this is a 21 and over event and it will go on rain or shine. Tickets for the 20 Ride, a Zac Brown Tribute Band concert can also be purchased separately for $10.

 Youngstown Beer Fest
 Saturday, August 15, 2015
Noon -2 pm (VIP) 2-6 pm (GA)
 Covelli Center