Axios Cleveland

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September 29, 2023

❓ Happy Friday. Today is National Ask a Stupid Question Day.

  • We believe the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

β˜‚οΈ Today's weather: Slight chance of showers, then partly sunny with a high of 72.

🎧 Sounds like: "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers" by ZZ Top

Today's newsletter is 941 words β€” a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: It's Beer Week

Animated illustration of four different kinds of beers.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

If you love craft beer, good food and pairing the two β€” which seems like 90% of Clevelanders β€” this is the week for you.

Driving the news: Cleveland Beer Week kicks off today and runs through Oct. 8 at various breweries and restaurants.

Why it matters: This is not just another weeklong, generic celebration of something in Cleveland.

  • Beer Week, founded in 2009, predates the rush of other themed weeks β€” Pierogi Week, Burger Week, Wing Week, etc. β€” and has a well-rounded list of events to back it up.

Worth your time: Beer Week's website lists more than 100 celebrations. We narrowed it to several standout events.

  • Admission is free unless otherwise noted:

πŸ¦ͺ OysterFest

Details: You get fresh oysters paired with your favorite beer from Maine Beer and Oxbow Brewing starting at 10am tomorrow at Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood.

πŸ™Œ Pinball Tournament

Details: Marengo's Hoof Hearted Brewing provides the fuel for Pins Mechanical Co.'s pinball tournament from 6-9pm Wednesday. You can still sign up for the free tournament.

🎳 Beat the Brewer

Details: Face off against some of your favorite local brewers in fun games like cornhole, mini bowling and more from 6-8pm Wednesday at Wild Eagle Saloon in Broadview Heights.

  • Tickets are $40 and include 20 beer samples.

🍺 Free Homebrew Tasting

Details: One of the most popular events of Beer Week is free sampling of beers from homebrewers in the area from 7-10pm Thursday at the Cleveland Brew Shop on Lorain Avenue.

πŸ’­ Troy's thought bubble: You'll probably catch me at Chimay Burger & Beer Night at Buckeye Beer Engine on Monday.

  • I'm a sucker for a great Belgian beer.

πŸ’­ Sam's thought bubble: Masthead beers will be on tap this week at X Indoor Golf in Avon, with $1 from every pint donated to Beer Week charities.

  • "Hear that, sweetheart? It's for charity!"

Three more events

2. πŸš‰ Choo-choo! Amtrak expansion studies due soon

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

More passenger trains could be rolling through Cleveland in a few short years.

Driving the news: The Federal Railroad Administration plans to announce rail corridors it will study for potential Amtrak expansion in either November or December, spokesperson William Wong tells Axios.

Catch up quick: The 2021 bipartisan infrastructure package, signed into law by President Biden, allocated billions of dollars toward expanding rail service.

  • States and regional planning organizations like the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) have since applied for federal funding to study proposed corridors.

Zoom in: Last year, NOACA requested that the FRA study five routes that pass through Cleveland.

  • Cleveland-Elyria-Sandusky-Toledo-Chicago
  • Cleveland-Buffalo-Rochester-New York City
  • Cleveland-Pittsburgh-Philadelphia-NYC
  • Cleveland-Washington, D.C.
  • Cleveland-Toledo-Detroit

Plus: The state applied for funding to study the long discussed "3C&D" line that would connect Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.

State of play: Currently, only two Amtrak train lines pass through Cleveland β€” the Capitol Limited (D.C. to Chicago) and the Lake Shore Limited (NYC to Chicago).

  • Yes, but: Both depart Cleveland at inconvenient overnight hours, typically between 2-5am.

The intrigue: As Cleveland pursues massive development projects on both Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River, rail expansion advocates have proposed moving Amtrak service from the current station at North Coast Harbor to Tower City.

  • "The lakefront might suffice if you're convinced Cleveland will never see passenger rail expansion again," rail advocate and real estate blogger Ken Prendergast wrote in May. "Even so, there's significant value to be gained by uniting under one roof Greater Cleveland's individually small and disconnected passenger rail services."

The bottom line: "We've got a half a dozen irons in the fire for passenger rail in Ohio," Stu Nicholson, executive director of the advocacy group All Aboard Ohio, tells Axios. "Let's stop talking about stuff and get stuff built."

πŸš† Worth your time: Earlier this year, Cleveland Magazine's Annie Nickoloff rode 1,000 miles on the Lake Shore Limited.

3. The Terminal: Healthy local news consumption

Illustration of a bull mastiff reading from a lit cell phone.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

πŸ₯ Cleveland Clinic is poised to open the first of three planned medical research facilities on its main campus. (

🚰 A water treatment facility in Fairport Harbor was evacuated yesterday after a chemical leak. Authorities said no water was contaminated and that no one was injured. (WKYC)

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ An interview with transgender candidate Arienne Childrey, who is running for the Ohio House of Representatives in west-central Ohio against Rep. Angela King, who protested alongside neo-Nazis at a Pride event this year. (The Buckeye Flame)

πŸ“š The 88th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards were held last night. (Ideastream)

4. πŸ‘ See it or skip it πŸ‘Ž

The Jigaw puppet from Saw sits on a bike.

Live or die. ... Make your choice. Photo: Alexander Bolanos Escamilla

πŸ¦Έβ€β™€οΈ Comic Book & Nostalgia Festival

Details: The 43rd annual event for collectors and fans takes place from 10am to 4pm Sunday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Westlake. Admission is $5.

πŸ’­ Our thought bubble: See it, especially if you're looking for the kinds of comic books, toys and other items your fellow crazy collectors love.

🎀 Tim Allen

Details: Allen of "Home Improvement," "Toy Story" and "Last Man Standing" fame performs standup at 7pm tomorrow at the State Theatre.

πŸ’­ Our thought bubble: Skip it. Allen was a huge hit in the mid-1990s. Paying $70+ to see him in 2023? Pass.

🏈 Joe Thomas Tailgate

Details: The Browns will induct Thomas into the Ring of Excellence during Sunday's game against the Ravens. Fans can celebrate for free with live music and games on the Rock Hall's front plaza starting at 10am.

πŸ’­ Our thought bubble: See it. Thomas will be there, which makes it worth a short stroll from the Muni Lot.

😱 "Saw X"

Details: Actor Tobin Bell is back as Jigsaw in the 10th installment of the horror franchise that's set after the events of the first "Saw" movie from 2004.

πŸ’­ Our thought bubble: In true "Saw" fashion, we'll let you make your choice as to how much gore you can handle.

Thanks to our editor Lindsey Erdody and copy editors Rob Reinalda and Yasmeen Altaji.

Our picks:

🏑 Sam is obsessing over this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home for sale in Akron.

🎞️ Troy is a father who loves horror movies and plans on seeing both "Saw X" and "Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie" this weekend.