Seasonal Sips

We found a reason each season to dust off your mug and celebrate the Ohio craft brewing industry with these beer-themed events around town.

If you're not flying south this winter, head indoors to warm up with winter stouts and barley wines. Sip high-gravity beers from more than 25 Ohio breweries. You'll also get to try Zanesville's Weasel Boy Brewing Co.'s Anastasia Russian Imperial stout, Ohio's only gold medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival. $35, Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland, 216-861-1445,

Stay legal with doses of IPA, pale ales and double IPAs during this trippy festival. The event kicks off Friday night with samples of hoppy ales such as Buckeye Brewing Co. Hippie IPA and Aquarius while the Pink Floyd cover band Wish You Were Here headlines Saturday night. $4.50 and up for a pint, $1.25 to $2.75 per 4-ounce sample, Buckeye Beer Engine, 15315 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-2337,

Beat the heat and kick back with seasonal ales such as Thirsty Dog's Pineapple Wheat and other thirst-quenching beers from 29 other Ohio breweries. Chill out listening to local blues musicians while sipping Belgian ales in the Gnome Garden along with the gnomes, of course, who'll pose for pictures. $45, Lock 3, 200 S. Main St., Akron,

Enjoy hundreds of Ohio craft brews from places such as the Brew Kettle and Buckeye Brewing Co. with more than 350 events, including the Liquid Hunt in Lakewood where you can sample five different beers at five different places, and find all the coveted ales at the final event Brewzilla. $20-$80, various locations,

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