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Collision Bend Brewing Company will commemorate Ten Cent Beer Night

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Residents of northeastern Ohio flocked to Collision Bend Brewing Company to help commemorate the 48th anniversary of 10 Cent Beer Night.

The brewery, located on the East Side of the Flats in Cleveland, offered its Hope Flows Kolsch beer for 10 cents a glass for 48 minutes on Saturday afternoon, but with a limit of two 12-ounce beers per customer.

“To be honest, at first I thought it was the worst idea ever, but after thinking about it, I thought we could use this as the perfect opportunity to bring back the idea of Ten Cent Beer Night as a nod to Cleveland baseball and celebrate how far we’ve come,” said brewmaster Luke Purcell.

Ten Cent Beer Night is one of the most infamous times in Cleveland sports history. You see, Nickle Beer Night started in 1971 and the promotion went off without a hitch.

Then, on June 4, 1974, the Cleveland Indians offered a promotion at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, offering fans the opportunity to purchase a mug of beer for just 10 cents. A bench clearance fight in Texas six days earlier had set the stage for trouble.

Cleveland rallied and the night culminated with the unruly crowd entering the field.

A dozen fans were arrested in the melee.