It's not like you really need an excuse to drink wonderful beer, but beer festivals are about the best you'll come by.

Itís not like you really need an excuse to drink wonderful beer, but beer festivals are about the best youíll come by.

This weekend the Short North, home to a number of great craft beer drink-eries, hosts its first craft beer festival.

The three-day event is essentially the combination of a beer festival and bar crawl. Five spots (Arch City Tavern, Bodega, House Beer, North High Brewing and The Pint House) are each offering specials, tap takeovers, exclusive tappings, beer dinners and pairings from Friday through Sunday.

Check The Pint Houseís blog for a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets ($15, $30 with a T-shirt).