Licking County has joined communities around Ohio with its own dedicated brewery trail.

The Licking County Beer Trail began last month and showcases 10 local breweries.

"We launched a wine trail last year and it was successful and we knew this was a good time to launch the Beer Trail," said Carol Thress, director of partner engagement for Explore Licking County.

The free passport program works just like other brewery trails — visit a brewery, drink a beer and receive a stamp on your passport. Once you collect all the stamps, you can redeem the passport for a T-shirt featuring all the names of the breweries.

The brewery trail also includes a scavenger hunt with separate prizes.

Licking County has flown under the radar when it comes to craft beer. But the county, located east of Columbus, has a healthy brewery scene.

"People don't realize how much it's exploded out here," said John Ream, co-founder and brewer at Trek Brewing Co. in Newark.

Here's the rundown of participating breweries:

• Buck's in Newark

• Buckeye Lake in Buckeye Lake

• Dankhouse in Newark

• Earthworks in Heath

• 1487 in Alexandria

• Galena in Johnstown

• Granville in Granville

• Homestead in Heath

• Three Tigers in Granville

• Trek in Newark

Earthworks and 1487 don't have tasting rooms open, but their beers are available in the community and stamps are available at designated locations.

"It is really building a lot of foot traffic at our breweries," Thress said. "We are thrilled about it."

The passports are available at the breweries. People can also download a pamphlet at the website. For more details about the Beer Trail, click here.