When the Grove City Lions Club held its first craft beer festival in 2012, events organizers knew they were tapping into a burgeoning movement.

When the Grove City Lions Club held its first craft beer festival in 2012, events organizers knew they were tapping into a burgeoning movement.

"You could just see it coming, but I don't think anyone saw just how popular craft beers would become," said Mike Nekoloff, festival committee chairman. "Over the last five years, there's been an explosion in craft brewing around central Ohio."

The Lions' fifth annual Spring Craft Beer Fest will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 1801 Gateway Circle, Grove City.

The cost is $35 in advance or $40 at the door for a souvenir tasting glass and 20 tickets to try 4-ounce samples of craft beers.

A designated-driver ticket costs $5. Each designated driver will given a food voucher and a wristband they can exchange when leaving for a souvenir tasting glass.

About 30 craft brewers will be participating in this year's festival, Nekoloff said.

"We try to have as many Ohio beers as we can," he said. "Beer makers from Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton come to our festival. It's a way for their beers to get known in the central Ohio area."

The variety of beers that will be available for sampling at the festival is amazing, Lions Club president Justin Gottshall said.

"It's a great way to try out some beers you might be interested in, but you're not quite ready to spend the money and buy at the store," he said.

The festival serves as the main fundraiser for the Lions Club, Gottshall said.

Last year's event was attended by about 350 people and raised nearly $6,000.

The Lions Club's "call to arms" is eye care and eye health, Nekoloff said.

The club uses proceeds from the beer festival to make a donation to Pilot Dogs Inc., he said. The organization trains guide dogs for the blind.

Each year, the club also pays the cost of eye screenings for second-graders in Grove City and also supports Camp Echoing Hills in Warsaw and the Ohio State School for the Blind.

"We have boxes at various locations in the community where people can drop off their used eyeglasses," Nekoloff said. "We take them to Ohio State, where they figure out the prescription and distribute them to someone who can use them."

To order tickets or for more information about the festival, visit springcraftbeerfest.com.