The Akron Civic Theatre is ending the Akron Craft Beer Festival after a five-year run.

But don't worry, Rubber City beer fans. The theater is offering up a new beer-themed event in its place.

The inaugural Pies & Pints Craft Beer and Pizza Festival is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 11 and will showcase beer paired with all kinds of pies — pizza, fruit and shepherd's among them.

The Akron Craft Beer Festival had seen a slight decline in attendance in recent years thanks in part to so many other beer festivals popping up in the area and the theater wanted to breathe some new life into the event, said Val Renner, associate director of programming.

"I have to keep ahead of the ballgame," she said about the new pie theme.

Renner had attended a pizza and craft beer fest in Spokane, Washington, and figured the theater could replicate it with artisinal pizza. The Akron event will be chef-driven, as opposed to just inviting local pizzerias and restaurants to serve food. And while she expects the majority of the "pies" to involve pizza, there will be other options such as fruit pies and shepherd's pie, she said.

The participating chefs and breweries are still being finalized, but the theater expects more than 100 beers will be served.

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery also is producing a special beer for the event — Sattler's Civic Pride IPA, a New England-style IPA with the addition of passion fruit, orange and guava. It will be around 12% alcohol by volume.

"It's damn good together," award-winning brewmaster Fred Karm said about the fruit flavors.

Attendees will receive a commemorative glass. Tickets are $40. Tickets can be purchased at the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office by calling 330-253-2488, online at www.akroncivic.com, or through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000).