Craft Breweries Announced for Canton’s First-Ever Craft Beer Invitational

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Angela Atwood
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Craft breweries announced for Canton’s first-ever Craft Beer Invitational June 4 at Pro Football Hall of Fame; advance ticket pricing ends May 28

(Canton, OH) May 17, 2016 – United Way Young Leaders Society will host the area’s first ever Canton Craft Beer Invitational Saturday, June 4, noon to 4 p.m., at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ticket holders will receive admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in addition to 15 craft beer tastings from leading brewers around the state. General admission tickets are $45 before May 28, or $55 at the door.

“Young Leaders Society is excited to combine a few of the great things that Stark County is best known for – amazing craft beers, football and a strong community. With this event, we’ll be able to showcase craft breweries, many from right here in Stark County at the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame, all while raising money for a worthwhile cause!” said Carrie Clemens, assistant director of resource development, United Way of Greater Stark County. Proceeds will benefit Young Leader Society sponsored events held throughout the year.

Breweries registered to date include:

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • The Brew Kettle
  • Butcher and the Brewer
  • The Canton Brewing Company
  • Columbus Brewing Company
  • Fat Head's Brewery
  • Findlay Brewing Company
  • Four String Brewing Company
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Hoppin' Frog Brewery
  • Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
  • Mad Tree Brewing
  • Maize Valley Brewery
  • Market Garden Brewery
  • Millersburg Brewing Company
  • North High Brewing Company
  • The Phoenix Brewing Company
  • Platform Beer Company
  • Rhinegeist Brewery
  • Royal Docks Brewing Company
  • R. Shea Brewing
  • Scenic Brewing Company
  • Shale Brewing Company
  • Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Breweries will compete for awards in Best IPA, Stout/Porter and Summer Seasonal in addition to a People’s Choice award for Best Brewery. Judging will take place as a blind tasting before the event opens to the public. Local celebrity judges are Rick Armon of The Beer Blog, Dan Stansbury of Rock 106.9’s The Stansbury Show and Ted Swaldo of Gervasi Vineyard.

General admission tickets are $45 before May 28 ($55 at the door) and include 15 beer tastings. Limited VIP tickets are available for $65. VIP guests receive one-hour early admission to the event and exclusive access to the VIP room, 15 beer tastings, souvenir growler and complimentary appetizers provided by Fishers Foods and Gervasi Vineyard. Designated driver tickets are $20 and include two complimentary soda/water drink tickets. All event ticket holders receive free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit United Way’s website at

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located at 2121 George Halas Dr. NW in Canton, Ohio. Doors open to VIP ticketholders at 11 a.m., and general admission opens at noon. The event concludes at 4 p.m. For additional information, please contact Carrie Clemens, 330-491-9974 or email

The Canton Craft Beer Invitational is supported by Imperial Stout Sponsors The Canton Brewing Co. and Fishers Foods.

About United Way
United Way of Greater Stark County believes in creating long-lasting change in three important impact areas of focus: Education, Income and Health. The agency collaborates, convenes, and partners to support programs and initiatives that break the cycle of poverty and promote a healthy community where children are successful from kindergarten through graduation to a career, and families have the tools, skills, and support they need to become financially independent.

For more information about United Way visit Headquarters are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. Dial (330) 491-0445 to reach the offices.