Craft beer and local music are center stage at House of Blues

By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin

Sample some of the area’s best craft brews while listening to some of Northeast Ohio’s finest musicians at the inaugural “Local Brews Local Grooves” event at the House of Blues on Feb. 28.

The whole house event is the ultimate craft beer and music festival featuring the finest local breweries, hottest bands and the tastiest menu created by House of Blues chefs just for the occasion. Enjoy beer from 12 top breweries, check out 14 Cleveland bands on four stages and sample food at eight different food stations.
Participating breweries include Jackie O’s Brewery, Fat Head’s Brewery, Thirsty Dog Brewing, Cleveland Brewing, Cellar Rats Brewery, Rust Belt Brewing, Portside Brewery, Revolution Brewing, Platform Beer Co., Great Lakes Brewing, Griffin Cider Works and Adam’s Revenge Cider.

Featured musical acts are Austin “Walkin’” Cane, Chris Allen, Rob Duskey, Forest City, The Travelin’ Johnsons, Thor Platter, Hybrid Shakedown, Brent Kirby, The Admirables, Shitbox Jimmy, Revolution Brass Band, DJ Gene, Mister Bradley P and LT: The Mixtape Casanova.

Food stations will offer pub fare, mac and cheese, street tacos, smokehouse brisket, fried hand pies, Korean and Vietnamese chicken, beef and chicken sate and bananas Foster.

Admission is $10, with $15 for a sampling wristband. The $60 VIP package includes two admission tickets, two sampling wristbands, two food vouchers, 4 p.m. early entry and a House of Blues souvenir. Regular admission is from 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are available at, or The House of Blues is at 308 Euclid Ave. Phone 216-523-2583.

The Lenten season, which takes place in the six weeks preceding Easter, is a time for reflection and sacrifice in the Christian religion. In Northeast Ohio, it is also when you can dine on some of the best fish dinners in town. Additionally, you can help some area charitable organizations raise funds to support worthy causes throughout the year.

St. Joseph Church, 32929 Lake Road in Avon Lake, serves fish fries from 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent. A four-piece Lake Erie perch dinner, six-piece shrimp dinner or two-piece perch and three-shrimp combo is $13. Baked cod or salmon is $10. Call 440-933-3152.

North Ridgeville’s VFW Post 9871, 6805 Lear Nagle Road, hosts a fish fry on Fridays during Lent from 4 to 8 p.m. Patrons can dine in or order carryout. The post serves lake perch, shrimp and pierogi, coleslaw and fries. A regular meal of three pieces of fish, fries and slaw is $10. Prices vary according to amounts ordered and meal combinations. Phone 440-327-4068.

American Legion Post 211 in Avon Lake is a popular Lenten dining destination. The fish fry menu includes salad bar, french fries, rice pilaf or potato pancakes, soft drinks and dessert. A genuine Lake Erie perch dinner is $12.95. A surf and turf perch dinner with steak is $17.95. A perch sandwich is $9.95. Other seafood items on the menu are grilled salmon and tuna, baked tilapia, breaded shrimp and clam strips. The post’s public dining room is open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday during Lent. There is a children’s menu. Carryout and catering are available. Phone 440-930-5317. American Legion Post 211 is at 31972 Walker Road.

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