The King of Ohio is shaping up to be a doozy this year.

The annual Ohio-focused beer competition -- started by beer bloggers in the Buckeye State -- has received a whopping 75 entries for the blind judging, which will take place Dec. 9 at Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron.

This year, all Ohio breweries were invited to submit one stout, any stout, with the judges ultimately selecting a "best of show" among all the entries -- or as we like to call it, crowning the "King of Ohio." In this case, it will be the best Ohio-made stout.

An amazing 75 Ohio breweries -- from big operations to nanobreweries -- took us up on the invitation.

The judges this year will include myself, Tom Aguero of, JD Malone of the Columbus Dispatch, Dan Eaton of Columbus Business First, Brian Dugger of the Toledo Blade, Karen Bujak of the Great Lakes Brewing News, professional brewers who didn't enter, beer fans and members of the Society of Akron Area Zymurgists (SAAZ) and Society of Northeast Ohio Brewers (SNOBs) homebrewing clubs.

The winner will be announced that day.

In past years, the King of Ohio has crowned the best IPA (Hoof Hearted Wet Musk of the Minotaur) and session beer (Streetside Raspberry Beret).

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