Columbus Craft Beer "Week" celebrates nine days of Columbus beer

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

Columbus Craft Beer Week kicks off this Friday, May 1 and runs through Saturday, May 9. The week's events take place at venues all over the city, and feature tastings, tap takeovers, beer dinners, classes, video game tournaments, art exhibits and more.

The event is organized by the Ohio Craft Beer Brewers Association. Local bars, restaurants and breweries were invited to host events at their venues. The current event calendar features over 200 different beer-centric activities.

The week is kicking off Friday, May 1 at the Giant Eagle Market District at Grandview Yard with a beer tasting and panel featuring central Ohio brewers. For the week, area breweries teamed up to create seven different collaboration beers. All seven will be featured at the kick-off event and at the capstone festival, Six One Pour.

Six One Pour takes place on Saturday, May 9 at the Brewmaster's Gate in the Brewery District. In addition to the seven collaboration brews, the event will feature live music, a general beer tasting, and the awarding of the "Tallest Tap Handle." Area breweries were challenged to create the world's tallest working tap handle, the results of which will be judged at the festival.

The week coincides with the launch of the Columbus Ale Trail, a passport similar to that of the Columbus Coffee Trail, were beer fans can get it stamped at participating breweries to earn pint glasses and T-shirts.

A full schedule of events is available at columbusbeerweek.com.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming in 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.