Plans brewing for new beer fest downtown Youngstown

Staff report


Plans are underway for a new, multiday beer festival this October in downtown Youngstown.

The Youngstown BeerFest will feature a number of beer-related events around the city leading up to the main event at Covelli Centre on Oct. 5.

Organized by Gatta Productions, BeerFest will feature a large variety of beers from the region, as well as from across the country and around the globe. Dominic Gatta III, president of the Youngstown-based production company, said the event will be different than most others.

“There will be a number of smaller events leading up to Saturday,” he said. “Some restaurants downtown will be hosting tastings and brewer ‘meet and greet’ sessions during the week.”

Gatta said he has been working with a number of distributors for the past few months in lining up top-name breweries to participate.

“We will be marketing heavily, not just locally, but well into the Cleveland and Pittsburgh markets, too,” he said.

Ticket information and a list of participating breweries will be released in the coming weeks.

The event’s website,, will be launched soon, containing additional information.

A portion of the BeerFest proceeds will benefit Golden String Inc., a Youngstown-based nonprofit organization that provides respite staffing, transportation, vocational training and social opportunities to people with disabilities.

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