The Cleveland Oktoberfest returns Friday through Monday to the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea.

In addition to all the German brews available such as Paulaner, the event includes a craft beer area that runs 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, and 2 to 8 p.m. Monday.

It will showcase the following breweries: The Brew Kettle, Buckeye, Double Wing, Christian Moerlein, Cornerstone, Fat Headís, Goldhorn, Granite City, Great Lakes, Lager Heads, Market Garden, Nano Brew, Platform, Portside, Rocky River, Sibling Revelry and Thirsty Dog.

Thereís no extra charge for the craft beer tasting. People just pay for the beer they drink. Thereís also a judged competition on Friday night. Iím lucky enough to be one of the judges and will share the winners next week.

Tickets are $12 at the gate or $9 purchased in advance online. For all your Oktoberfest news, go to: www.clevelandoktoberfest.com.

Akron festival

Speaking of returning beer tastings.

The fourth annual Akron Craft Beer Festival is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron.

The event, presented by Wayside Furniture, will showcase more than 40 breweries and meaderies, including local favorites Hoppiní Frog, Thirsty Dog, Fat Headís and Great Lakes.

The Civic Theatre, with the help of Heavy Seas, also will tap a special cask beer at 8:30 p.m. just like it did last year.

ďItís been great,Ē theater Executive Director Howard Parr said, noting that the event sold out last year.

Tickets are $40 and include a commemorative glass and light appetizers from Papa Joeís. For more details or tickets, call 330-253-2488 or go online to www.akroncivic.com.

Hello, high alcohol

In case you missed my story on the front page Saturday, the Ohio law doing away with the stateís 12 percent cap on alcohol in beer goes into effect Wednesday.

Hoppiní Frog Brewery, 1680 E. Waterloo Road, Akron, is releasing its 13.8 percent T.O.R.I.S. the Tyrant. Itís $12.99 a bottle.

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control also promised to provide me with a list of all beers registered with the state over 12 percent. Iíll share that online at Ohio.com/beer when itís available.

Cheers, Hoppiní Frog

Hereís another in case you missed it: Hoppiní Frog is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week.

In addition to the high alcohol beer mentioned above, the brewery released In-Ten-Sity, an American barley wine, to celebrate the occasion.

Brewers conference

The Ohio Craft Brewers Association has selected Cincinnati to host its annual conference Feb. 7-9.

The Queen City bested Akron and Cleveland, which also were in contention for the event. The conference is set for Feb. 7-9 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.

One of the knocks on Akron? There isnít a major hotel within walking distance of the convention center, the association said.

The inaugural conference was held in Wooster. This yearís event was held in Dayton.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his beer blog at www.ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.