Ohio Brew Week kicked off this past weekend (starting Friday, July 12) with plenty of events, large and small, including the brand-new 'First Call' block party Saturday afternoon on West State Street, near Casa Cantina and Tony's Tavern.
Continuing the excitement, the Appalachian Hell Betties (Athens' roller-derby team) waged an all-out brawl at the Athens Community Center early Saturday evening with the Gem City Roller Derby term (from Dayton). The Hell Betties won handily over the visiting team, with more than a 100-point lead.
You'll see photos from both events in this photo gallery. All photos and words by Associate Editor Conor Morris.
Ohio Brew Week continues until July 20, with events planned throughout the week. For more info, go to https://ohiobrewweek.com/.
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From left to right, Ohio Brew Week volunteers Kay Rhyan – who has volunteered to help out with Brew Week for the past five years – and Brian Miller, an OBW board member, work to pour beers for First Call attendees.
First Call's crowd grew despite the day growing hotter as time went on Saturday.
From left to right, OBW volunteers Jamie Betit and Ariana Ehrhart dole out cups and tokens for beer during First Call.
It was pretty hot Saturday. Accordingly, some First Call attendees (including those with four paws) elected to stay in the shade.
From left to right, Madelyn Brewer and Carrie Ann Verge operated the Great Lakes Brewing Company beer taps during First Call. Not pictured is Verge's dance moves she employed throughout much of the event.
The Appalachian Hellbetties' bout with Gem City (from Dayton) was well-attended early Saturday evening, and both teams brought their all.
The Hellbetties standard-bearer takes a lap during a pause in the action.
Some good old-time jam music occurred during the intermission.
Roller derby bouts around these parts always end with a good-natured train of low-fives for members of both teams, no matter the outcome.
The 'betties were triumphant during their bout Saturday, as can be seen by their jubilant expressions.