After 10 years of pairing dinners, special collaboration beers and educational events, Cleveland Beer Week is done.

Co-founder John Lane, one of the partners of the Winking Lizard Tavern and Lizardville Beer Store & Whiskey Bar chain, said Thursday that he's pulling the plug on the annual October event, including the major beer festival Brewzilla that helped anchor the 10-day celebration.

Cleveland Beer Week, a nonprofit organization, celebrated its 10-year anniversary last year.

But Lane questioned whether Cleveland Beer Week is still relevant, given the rise of the craft-brewing industry and culture over the last decade. There are now more than 300 craft breweries in Ohio alone. Ten years ago, there were fewer than 50.

"It's beer week every week," he said. "When we started 10 years ago, it was really to make beer relevant and really push the craft. The past couple of years, there's just not enough support from the retailers and everyone else to pull this off. The events aren't as attended. ... There's so many craft breweries and there's so much going on with beer every week that you don't need just a week of celebration."

Lane also said it has become too difficult to organize special events and for brewers to produce special beers.

"What the hell is special?" he asked. "What else can we put in a bottle?"

Lane said he's willing to hand over the rights to Cleveland Beer Week, but no one has taken his offer to step in to run the event.

"If someone wants to take it over, I'm willing to meet with them and listen but I don’t want to turn it over to any Tom, Dick or Harry," he said.

A source said there are efforts underway to save the event.

Instead of Cleveland Beer Week, Lane said he will focus on holding a weeklong beer celebration at the Lizardville locations in October. He added that a new Lizardville location will open Oct. 14 in Brunswick.

Lane admitted that he's saddened to see Cleveland Beer Week come to a close.

"But on the other hand, it was 10 great years," he said. "We had a good 10-year run. Who knows? Give it a rest a couple of years and maybe it'll come back."