Dayton’s AleFest —Ohio’s longest-running craft beer festival that had just turned 21 years old last year — has been canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The virus also doomed Dayton Beer Week events and activities, as well as AleFest’s wintertime counterpart, AleFeast.
“To our AleFest, AleFeast, and Dayton Beer Week Friends: Given the current circumstances surrounding large gatherings, we have reached the difficult decision to postpone our events in 2020,” organizers told local beer enthusiasts via email. “Thank you for your previous support and participation, (and) we’ll let you know as plans develop for 2021.”
AleFest draws hundreds of local beer enthusiasts every year and has grown into a marquee event. Last year’s 21st Annual AleFest was held in late August at the Dayton Convention Center and offered attendees the opportunity to sample from more than 200 beers while also enjoying live music and food from local restaurants and caterers .
The event culminated a full week of beer-related events and activities that was kicked off by a Dayton Beer Week Parade through Dayton’s Oregon District.
The coronavirus pandemic has canceled dozens of local festivals, events and gatherings, although some food-focused festivals are planning drive-through sales of food.