It’s a busy week for beer festivals. There are at least nine events scattered around the state, including four big fests on Saturday.
Here’s a quick rundown:
• The Akron Zoo’s Brew at the Zoo is 6 to 9 p.m. today. It features nine breweries. Tickets are $15 for zoo members and $21 for nonmembers. For more details or to register, call 330-375-2550, ext. 7231, or go to www.akronzoo.org. Only guests 21 and older are permitted.
• The second annual Pumpkin Beer Fest starts at 4 p.m. today at Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland. The event includes 12 pumpkin beers and Market Garden’s version served out of a pumpkin. It’s free and you only pay for the beer you drink. For details: http://marketgardenbrewery.com.
• The Cincinnati Zoo Brew is 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The event, which is sold out, features beers from Samuel Adams. For details: http:// cincinnatizoo.org.
• The 13th annual Blues and Brews Oktoberfest begins at 6 p.m. at the Galaxy Restaurant in Wadsworth. There will be more than 100 beers. Advance tickets are $12 or $15 at the door. For details: 330-334-3663 or www.galaxyrestaurant.com.
• Big Beers & Barley Wines is 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton. For details: www.bigbeersdayton.com.
• The first Youngstown BeerFest is 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. VIP tickets get you in at 1 p.m. The event features about 200 beers from 80 breweries. For details: http://youngstownbeerfest.com.
• The annual Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon Celebration of the Hop festival is Saturday at the brewpub in North Olmsted. There are two sessions, 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30. The event will feature 21 breweries. For details: http://store.fatheads.com/products/celebration-of-the-hop.
• The second annual Medina Beer Fest is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Williams on the Lake in Medina. The event features 11 breweries, more than 25 beers, three ciders and live entertainment. Tickets are $25. For details: www.mainstreetmedina.com/2013-medina-beer-fest.html.
• The annual Blind Pumpkin Taste, which involves people sampling pumpkin beers blind and then picking their favorite, is 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Vintage Estate Wine and Beer in Boardman. The event is sold out. For details: http://vewinebeer.com.
Bell’s beer dinner
D’Agnese’s at White Pond, 566 White Pond Drive, Akron, will hold a beer pairing dinner with Bell’s Brewery at 6 p.m. Oct. 9.
The cost is $35 and reservations are recommended. For more details or to make a reservation, call 234-678-3612.
No craft bubble
A staff economist with the Brewers Association, the Boulder, Colo.-based trade organization, has issued a report saying there’s no craft beer bubble.
“One of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the craft brewing industry these days is: ‘Are we in a bubble, and if so, when will it pop?’ ” Bart Watson wrote. “I’ll cut straight to the chase and give the short answer: I see little to no evidence that craft is in a bubble.”
To read his report, go to: http://tinyurl.com/o4cm7qp.
Beer story sampler
• Ohio’s newest brewpub opened last weekend in Columbus. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is located downtown. For details: www.wolfsridge brewing.com.
• Four String Brewing Co. in Columbus will open its tasting room Friday. It will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For details: http://fourstringbrewing.com.