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Ale in Autumn is showcase of Medina businesses

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 September 2017 at 11:58 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – There were about 700 people on the annual Ale in Autumn beer-tasting tour in downtown Medina on Saturday. That event is also a showcase for businesses that welcome in the beer-tasters.

The top photo shows Sonya Moss, left, and her cousin Ann Negron at Habichuela’s, a Puerto Rican restaurant at 701 S. Main St.

“It brings in a lot of new people, as well as some of our regular customers,” said Moss.

Habichuela’s opened in June 2016 and participates in Ale as well as Wine About Winter, the wine-tasting event organized by the Medina Business Association.

Moss said about 700 people were expected to come through the door at Habichuela’s for Ale in Autumn. Habichuela’s served tastes of Mortiz, a pale ale from Barcelona, Spain.

Rosenkrans created this sign to welcome the Ale in Autumn crowd. The event is a chance to have the ale tasters see the business, which includes a gift shop.

“We have 700 people who are coming inside and they’re going through the entire store,” said Michelle Leffler, the pharmacy manager at Rosenkrans, which served an Italian beer.

Nicole Baumgart of Canalside Tattoo pours samples of a Mexican craft beer called Pay the Ferryman.

“This gives an introduction of who we are and what we do,” said Shawn Ramsey, Canalside owner. “Many have said they’ve never been in a tattoo parlor before. Many are taken by how clean and open and bright it is.”

Proceeds from the event will help the Medina Business Association with improvement projects in the downtown business district.

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