Staff pick: Alefest Columbus

Jesse Tigges, Columbus Alive

Yes, Alefest is still 10 days away, but it's a good idea to purchase tickets early. Let's face it, everybody loves beer and these events tend to sell out. This year's event features more than 180 beers from 70 breweries, including some casks brews. Even the most hardcore beer geek will find stuff they've never sampled before. The $40 admission includes 20 tasting tickets, a commemorative tasting glass and a tasting guide. There will also be raffles, retail sales and a silent auction offering beer memorabilia to help you deck that basement bar - one Billy Beer sign is awesome, but not enough. Cheers.

Aladdin Shrine Center Ballroom

2-6 p.m. Feb. 4

3580 Stelzer Rd., Easton