8th Annual AleFest Columbus is a craft beer festival showcasing over 250 beers from more than 100 breweries. It's held twice a year in Dayton and once in Columbus.
The Columbus event is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 2pm to 6pm. It's held at the Aladdin Shrine Center Ballroom.
Unlike the much-larger Columbus Winter Beerfest, the Columbus Alefest focuses on offering a variety of draught, cask, and bottled beers from what they describe as "world class" breweries. Organizer Joe Waizmann is quoted as saying it's his desire to make the AleFest better each year, not necessarily bigger.
Breweries whose products will be available at the event include (but are not limited to): 21st Amendment, Abita, Alesmith, Avery, Ayinger, Bard's Tale, Bavik, Belhaven, Black Sheep, Bockor, Bosteels, Charles Wells, Dogfish Head, Fort Collins, Hoppin' Frog, Kona, Lager Heads, Lakefront, Left Hand, Magic Hat, Maumee Bay, Moritz, New Holland, North Coast, O'Fallon, Penn, Rivertown, Rogue, Samuel Smith, Sixpoint, Stone, Troegs, Unibroue, Westmalle Trappist, Weyerbacher, and Worthingtons.
In addition to beer tasting, there will be live entertainment, retail sales of beer wearables and memorabilia, a silent auction, and a raffle for beer collectibles.
Tickets at $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
I look forward to attending the event in a couple of weeks.
See their web site (linked above) for more information or to order your tickets.