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Fest draws beer lovers to Medina

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    Austin Rych of Westfield Center samples a beer by Masthead Brewing Co. in Cleveland at the annual Medina Beer Fest on Saturday. Dave Edwards of Masthead Brewing provided the sample.

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    Jacob and Cayla Bennett drove from Hermitage, Pa., for the annual Medina Beer Fest, a fundraiser for Main Street Medina, on Saturday.

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    Lisa Danelishen and Michael Kovaleski, both of Medina, are among the first to arrive Saturday at the annual Medina Beer Fest, a fundraiser for Main Street Medina.

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    Ralph Perrine, left, and Curt Ross, both of Medina, attend their first Medina Beer Fest on Saturday.

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    Patty Stahl, left, who owns P.J. Marleys Restaurant & Pub in Medina with her husband, Jon, talks to Kristin McKinley of Medina on Saturday at the annual Medina Beer Fest. McKinley's boyfriend is Andy Pribonic, territory manager with Rhinegeist, a Cincinnati brewery that served beer samples at the fest.

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    Michael Hammond, left, of Sibling Revelry Brewing in Westlake, pours a beer for Mike Kelley of Montville Township at the annual Medina Beer Fest on Saturday at Weymouth Country Club in Medina Township.

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MEDINA TWP. — More than 300 people attended the annual Medina Beer Fest on Saturday night at Weymouth Country Club.

The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for Main Street Medina, which works to preserve the historic nature and continue the economic health of the city’s Historic District.

“The beer fest brings in additional income so that we can continue to organize main events on Public Square and promote Medina as a destination,” said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina.

Wiederhold said the beer fest typically brings in $3,000 to $4,000. Saturday night’s fest was no exception.

Jacob and Cayla Bennett drove from Hermitage, Pa., for the beer fest. The young couple grew up in Medina and moved to Hermitage about five years ago so Jacob could become a union carpenter.

The Bennetts were in town to visit Jacob’s mom, who lives in Doylestown. They learned about the beer fest on Facebook, and it sounded like fun.

“We like craft beer,” Jacob said. “And we like a few of the breweries that are here.”

More than 20 breweries poured beer samples for guests at the fundraiser. A $35 ticket bought 10 beer samples, each

3 ounces, along with food and a commemorative miniature pilsner glass. For designated drivers, a $10 ticket purchased food and a pilsner glass.

Some guests, like Lisa Danelishen and Michael Kovaleski, both of Medina, arranged for an Uber driver to pick them up after the event.

The beer fest also included music, dancing, games of chance and a raffle. The grand prize, not surprisingly, was a cooler filled with more than 60 bottles of craft beer.

Austin Rych, of Westfield Center, was at the beer fest with his mom, Jane Rych. They sampled a beer by Masthead Brewing Co. in Cleveland.

“I’m not a beer drinker, but this is very fruity and smooth,” Jane Rych said. “I like it.”

Ralph Perrine and Curt Ross, both of Medina, never attended a beer fest before Saturday. Perrine found out about the fundraiser online, and it seemed like a worthy cause.

“Ralph called me this morning and said, ‘Let’s go get beer,’ ” Ross said.

Messages may be left for Bob Sandrick at (330) 721-4060.

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