Dayton Beer Week culminated with the 20th annual AleFest on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Dayton Convention Center in downtown Dayton. More than 300 curated and hand-selected craft beers were featured at this year’s AleFest including 130 international options. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Dayton Beer Week has something to do and drink all week long

The numbers don't lie ... 

127 breweries 

200+ craft beers

More than 1,000 people 

AleFest Dayton is a big deal and a lot goes into it, but the beer week events leading up to it are every bit as exciting.     

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"Ohio is top 10 nationally in craft beer consumption, reflected in the incredible growth of breweries throughout the state," said AleFest Chairman Joe Waizmann. "Craft beer is an incredibly creative category of beer owing its roots to Western Europe, principally Belgium, Germany and the UK, known as The Cradle of Brewing Civilization. Craft beer continues to bring people together in a sharing and fun way." 


Waizmann will be putting on AleFest Dayton this Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Dayton Convention Center, but he's also been instrumental in putting together the      events during Dayton Beer Week leading up to Saturday's festivities.    

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Here's a look at what's going on for the rest of the week and how to get involved: 

🍺   Friday, Aug. 23

  • Buck and Ear (Xenia): Taft’s Tap Takeover     
  • Jimmie’s Ladder 11: Rhinegeist keep the pint from 6-8 p.m.     
  • Crooked Handle Brewing Company: Beginning at Noon, release of CHBC Lemon Coffee Cake Cream Ale.     
  • Bud’s Pizza: Bell’s Brewing Company tap takeover.     
  • Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill: Wiedemann’s and North High Brewing 
  • Dorothy Lane Market Centerville: North High Brewing with six beers on tap 
  • FigLeaf Brewing Company: New fruited Cider variants and two new fruited beers will be released     
  • Trolley Stop: Trolley’s Annual Red Carpet event.    

🍺      Weeklong events

  • Lock 27 Brewing: Launching a new brew every day of Dayton Beer Week leading up to the launch of Locktoberfest on Aug. 23 when they’ll feature “keep the stein” nights in both brewpubs.      
  • Lucky Star Brewery : Enjoy craft beers, authentic Mexican food and top shelf tequilas. Live local music on the 17, 23 and 24 and a new beer release on the 23.      

🍺       Saturday, Aug. 24

  • 21st Annual AleFest Dayton: More than 250 international craft beers featuring rare package beers, casks, & draft rarities. Beers will be grouped by broad style category, i.e. Hoppy, Barrel Aged, Belgian, Malty, Sour, Lager, Cask, Quaffable, Wine & Cider, etc. More info:
  • Fifth Street Brewpub : Helles lager bottle release.     

The 21st Annual      AleFest  Dayton will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Dayton  Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St. in downtown  Dayton. It will feature regional and international craft beers, and plenty to choose from, along with live music and food. The event will feature a variety of vintage and rare beers.     

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AleFest Dayton is Ohio's longest running craft beer festival. General admission allows attendees to sample from an assortment of more than 200 beers. Live music will be provided by The Fries.

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General admission tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. “VIP” tickets allow for entry an hour early, at 3 p.m., and cost $60 in advance, $65 at the door. Each admission includes 20 samples of craft beer, a commemorative tasting glass, a sampling guide, food samples and live entertainment. A silent auction also will be held. 

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Advance tickets may be purchased online at . A portion of the proceeds benefit the event’s nonprofit partners, which include the Dayton Area Rugby Club, Five Rivers Youth Rugby Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter, Bike Miami Valley, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Art Institute, and UpDayton. In addition, a portion of proceeds will go to the Dayton Tornado Relief Initiative as well as the Oregon District Tragedy Fund.     

Dayton Daily News and reporter Mark Fisher contributed to this report.