Eric Bean, the owner and brewer at Columbus Brewing Co., has been elected as the new president of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. He was chosen at a meeting last year but won't officially take the position until August. The current president is John Najeway of Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron. Najeway has headed the group since it was founded in 2008. Bean said his goals include better promoting Ohio-made beer and getting all the brewers in the state more involved in the organization -- not an easy task given how busy brewers are. The group has been splintered to a large degree with most of the concentrated activity and participation in Northeast Ohio, where the majority of craft brewers are located. But the Ohio beer scene is changing rapidly with many breweries opening or scheduled to open soon in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. Bean also said he'd like to organize a large association-sponsored beer event in Columbus and smaller events around the state. The group has much work to do to catch up with its peers in other states. Other brewers guilds operate websites to promote their breweries, sponsor joint events and some have created beer trails to advance beer tourism.