PEORIA — The Taj Mahal will be inside Dozer Park this weekend.

So will Tusker, from Kenya. And back for a second straight year, from Sweden, Rekorderlig ciders.

Plus, a tribute to the King.

The Peoria Jaycees annual Peoria International Beer Festival moves from its longtime home in the Expo Gardens to a debut at Dozer Park in Downtown Peoria on Friday and Saturday.

India beer Taj Mahal and Tusker from Kenya are in the Peoria lineup for the first time, part of a 13-country beer lineup.

There is also craft beer from 19 states and from 28 breweries within Illinois.

"This is our 27th year, and it's the longest-running festival of international beers in the nation," said Jaycees president Ronni Stalter. "Typically, there are 200-300 beers in the festival. There's just so much to try."

And for a good cause, too. The Peoria Jaycees will designate portions of ticket sales to local charities. On Friday, the charity is the Maggie Bertram Foundation for the Fine Arts.

On Saturday, proceeds will assist Central Illinois Friends, Yellow Bear Foundation, Keegan’s Krew, TLC Fosters, Independent Sports Club of Central Illinois and Friends of Fatherless Boys.

And there's a special salute on tap Saturday in what will be known as the King's Hour.

That's in honor of Steve King, who owned Specialty Import Distributing, and brought the craft beer movement to central Illinois in 1990.

He died a week after the 2018 beer festival after battling cancer.

"We have decided to change the name of the VIP session to King’s Hour in honor of one of the founders of our International Beer Festival," Stalter said. "Steve was a true pioneer in the beer industry and a lot of the brands that you enjoy today are here because of his hard work and dedication to good beer.

"He partnered with the Peoria Jaycees back in 1992 so that people could try different kinds of beer from around the world and hopefully buy the beers in the stores.

"We honor The King of Cheers for his devotion to bringing good micro beers and imports to central Illinois."

The King's Hour will be noon-1 p.m. Saturday, and includes access to the entire beer festival lineup before it opens to the public. Attendees to the King's session will be presented with special beers, receive a tasting glass (real glass), a T-shirt and 10 free beer tickets to use at any of the tables. Admission is $50 for that special session.

"There's so much to try," Stalter said. "The German-American Society is doing a kitchen on Saturday. We have vendors coming in with food and T-shirts. And we have more draft beer than in the past — it just tastes better out of the keg than out of the bottle.

"Steve King was passionate about this festival and about craft beers, so we're excited to carry on his tradition."

Hosting the event has been on the wish list for the Peoria Chiefs, who operate Dozer Park.

"We've been talking about bringing this down here for quite some time," Chiefs general manager Jason Mott said. "This is a great way for us to show central Illinois that Dozer Park is more than a baseball stadium.

"It exposes us to a different demographic, to people who might not otherwise see our ballpark. It's a great event, usually draws between 2,500-3,000 people.

"And the money you spend stays local, goes right back into Peoria," Mott said.

Dave Eminian covers the Rivermen and Chiefs for the Journal Star, and writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or deminian@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.