The Lincoln Highway Ale Trail won't begin this year after all.

The brewery passport program was supposed to kick off earlier this year and focus on Stark County breweries. But after some delays and brewers getting busy with other projects, organizers decided to scrap it for this year and focus on launching next year, said Jake Turner, the award-winning brewer at Maize Valley Brewery in Marlboro Township.

The trail -- modeled after the successful Summit Brew Path in neighboring Summit County and named after the famous roadway that passes through Stark County -- was set to feature all the breweries in the county: Canton, Fat Head's, Maize Valley, Muskellunge, Paradigm Shift, Royal Docks, Sandy Springs and Shale. It also would include the nearby Lockport in Bolivar, Millersburg in Millersburg and JAFB Wooster in Wooster.

The Lincoln Highway Ale Trail actually started out as the Hall of Fame Hops brewery trail, a program being created by Visit Canton. But the tourism agency shelved it after the majority of Stark County brewers withdrew, upset that a non-brewery was set to be included on the trail.

The brewers then announced that they would form their own independent trail.