The 13th annual Ohio Brew Week — a nine-day celebration of Ohio-made beer — returns Friday (July 13) to Athens.

The event features beer tastings, food pairings, a homebrew competition, talks and educational gatherings — not to mention hundreds of beers from more than 40 Ohio craft breweries being served at bars and restaurants around town.

The week kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with the Rock N’ Roast at the Ohio University Inn, while the ceremonial keg tapping takes place at 6 p.m. Monday at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery.

There are two new events this year:

• The Brew Choo Choo, sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Land-Grant Brewing Co., on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $29.95.

• The Top Deck Dinner, a fine dining beer pairing with Corner on Union and Rhinegeist Brewery atop the Athens Parking Garage, from 6 to 8 p.m. July 18. Tickets are $35 a person or $65 per couple.

Another highlight is the massive Last Call beer tasting, a block party that takes place from noon to 11:59 p.m. July 21 on Court Street.

Ohio Brew Week Executive Director Brandon Thompson gets asked all the time “What’s new?” His  response is: The beer. He said there will be more than 300 Ohio-made beers, ciders and meads served throughout the week.

The celebration will feature several breweries that are new this year to the gathering, including Combustion, Knotty Pine, Masthead, Taft’s and Wild Ohio. Here's the rundown of all participating breweries, cider-makers and meaderies:

• Barley’s

• Br3w3ry

• BrewDog

• The Brew Kettle

• Brothers Drake

• Catawba Island

• Christian Moerlein

• Combustion

• Devil’s Kettle

• Dutch Creek Winery

• Elevator

• Fat Head’s

• 50 West

• Four String

• Great Lakes

• Jackie O’s

• Knotty Pine

• Land Grant

• Listermann

• Little Fish

• MadTree

• Maple Lawn

• Market Garden

• Masthead

• Maumee Bay

• Mother Stewart’s

• Multiple

• North High

• Phoenix

• Platform

• Rhinegeist

• Rocky River

• Royal Docks

• Seventh Son

• Sixth Sense

• Taft’s

• Three Tigers

• Urban Artifact

• Warped Wing

• Weasel Boy

• West End Cider House

• Wild Ohio

• Willoughby

• Wolf’s Ridge

• Yellow Springs

For full details on all the events, click here.