Chief Brew Tasting


Chief Supermarket is having its first ever Craft Beer Fest June 28 with proceeds from the event to benefit the American Red Cross.

The fest will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at Chief Supermarket, located at 890 S. Cable Road in Lima. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple and include the opportunity to taste up to 10 samples of craft beer. Festival-goers will have a choice of more than 20 varieties of beer.

“We felt this would be a great opportunity for people to come together for a great cause and try some really good beer,” said Chris Pauff, store director for the Chief Cable Road store. “Beer as an industry has decreased but craft beer has grown and Chief offers an excellent variety of beer. Many cities are now having craft beer events and I thought Lima should have one of its own.”

Craft beer is a specialty beer brewed locally on a smaller scale than those brewed in larger breweries, Pauff said, noting that craft brewers interpret historic styles with unique twists and develop new styles that have no precedent.

Chief is “excited to partner with the Red Cross,” Pauff said. “They are dedicated to helping people and we thought this would be a good way to raise money for the organization.”

Along with the beer tasting, Chief will be grilling Chief Smokehouse St. Louis Style ribs and Chief Smokehouse stadium brats at the event for purchase. The fest will feature live music by Kevin Ashba.

The American Red Cross relies on partnerships with local businesses like Chief to help raise funds for the organization. Events like the Beer Fest support the Red Cross disasters services, Service to Armed Forces, blood services programs, and health and safety training classes.

“Every day the Red Cross responds to people in need, whether it be victims of a house fire in our county, or tornado victims in other states,” said David Collins, executive director of the Allen County Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We rely on the generosity of individual donors and partnerships with community businesses like Chief to help those in need. We are grateful for their willingness to host this event to benefit the Red Cross in Allen County and the surrounding area.”

Tickets may be purchased at any Chief location. Allen County stores include: 890 S. Cable Road, Lima; 120 W. Northern Ave., Lima: 2100 Harding Highway, Lima; and 1102 Elida Ave., Delphos.

For information, call the Allen County Chapter at 419-227-5121 or any Chief location.