Good news for fans of the Summit Brew Path.

The Akron-area beer trail will return next year thanks to an overwhelming response in its inaugural year.

The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, which organized the program as a way to drive visitors to Summit County, already has handed out nearly 20,000 beer passports.

Beer fans take the passports around to local breweries, buy a beer and have them stamped just like a real passport.

Nearly 1,000 people have completed the 14-brewery trail and redeemed their passport for a free T-shirt. Beer drinkers have until the end of the calendar year to finish the trail.

The tourism agency is now working on next year’s passport program and trying to accommodate plenty of new breweries that have opened since the Summit Brew Path launched, said Jim Mahon II, vice president of marketing and brand management.

There may be some tweaks ahead, including a redesigned passport and a mid-level prize for visiting a certain number of breweries as opposed to all of them.

The design changes are being prompted by a spike in brewery openings in Summit County. At least 10 breweries have either opened since the Summit Brew Path launched or plan to open soon.

The inaugural passport program featured breweries in Summit, Medina, Portage and Stark counties.

The Summit Brew Path has earned some kudos for the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau. The passport received a first-place State Tourism Achievement Recognition Award from the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus and a first-place Ruby Award from the Ohio Travel Association.

For more details on the Summit Brew Path, click here.