The Summit Brew Path was well-traveled again.

The Akron-based brewery trail and passport program wrapped up its second season last week. (Dec. 14) The Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau handed out about 20,000 passports, with more than 2,400 people visiting all 18 breweries on the trail and redeeming their stamped passports for a 32-ounce glass howler.

"We couldn't be more thrilled with the numbers," said Roger Riddle, marketing and social media manager for the tourism agency. "For two years in a row seeing that response is incredible."

The first year, when the finishing prize was a brown T-shirt, about 2,600 people completed the trail and redeemed their passports.

The Summit Brew Path will return next year. The Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to sit down with the breweries and see what went well this year and what can be improved upon.

"I think the second year was even more successful than the first with everyone having awareness of it," said John Najeway, co-owner of Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron. "We look forward to next year."

He praised the tourism agency's efforts to promote small businesses.

Organizers are looking to launch the 2019 program in March.

The trail will balloon with more breweries next year thanks to several new places that have opened such as Akronym, Lock 15 and Missing Falls in Akron, and Missing Mountain in Cuyahoga Falls.

"It's going to be even bigger and better," Riddle said.

As for the finishing prize next year, organizers are still figuring that out. They want to offer a different prize each year to give people another reason to complete the trail.

What is certain — well, never say never — is that it won't be a T-shirt or howler.