Written by Sydney Snider
When you think of Columbus, you may imagine the picturesque views of The Ohio State University campus on a nice spring day, one of the several sports teams that call the city home or a unique restaurant hidden within the city’s limits. But would you imagine a brewery when thinking of the capital city? You should! In the last few years, Columbus has been growing exponentially in the microbrew market.
So, if you enjoy a refreshing craft beer, a fun, laid-back atmosphere and the chance to support local businesses, you should definitely stop in at one (or all!) of these Columbus breweries.
North High Brewery is located on, you guessed it, North High Street. Founded by two OSU alumni, the microbrewery was originally a Ford dealership and maintains the vibe with salvaged décor from historic locations. North High is also the first and only brewery in Columbus with Brew on Premise equipment, which means you can brew your own beer! Just schedule a kettle and one of their expert brewers will walk you through the process, helping you brew your very own batch. Speaking of customized batches, North High collaborated with Ohio Farm Bureau this year to create a beer called Cover Crop in honor of OFB’s 100-year anniversary. The name refers to a sustainable farming practice in which farmers plant crops in their fields between growing seasons to prevent erosion and boost soil health. The crisp, light-bodied golden ale can be enjoyed at the taproom or purchased wherever North High beer is sold throughout 2019.
Suggested Beers: Cover Crop, Cucumber Ale and Coffee Golden
If you enjoy countless beer options, then this taproom is for you! Located behind the Wolf’s Ridge dining room, the taproom creates an industrial feel for visitors. With windows lining almost every wall and beautiful exposed brick, the space is inviting and makes you feel like you’re actually in the brewhouse. The space can get crowded easily, but that’s no surprise with so many beer and liquor options readily available.
Suggested Beers: Joy Ride, Clear Sky and Pack IPA
Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Franklinton, Land-Grant is a great place to head for any occasion. The open atmosphere makes it easy to feel right at home as you enjoy one of the several on-tap options. With their picnic table inspired seating, you can enjoy time with friends and family, catch the latest game on TV or enjoy a relaxing date night. A different food truck is parked outside every day, so you can pair your choice of beer with a tasty bite.
Suggested Beers: Groomer, Stiff-Arm and Greenskeeper
With a few locations around Columbus, Brewdog is a must for all craft beer enthusiasts. You can visit their bar in Franklinton, right across from Land-Grant, if you’re looking for a place to enjoy a cold drink with dinner. This location has more of a restaurant feel and, in the summertime, has a great rooftop patio to enjoy some fresh air with your drink. There is also a Brewdog located in the Short North that is a bit smaller but provides the same enjoyable atmosphere.
Suggested Beers: Elvis Juice, Hazy Jane and Lost Lager
Found comfortably nestled in the Clintonville area, Lineage creates a welcoming atmosphere with garage door windows and moveable tables and chairs. Formerly a car wash, the brewery is smaller, creating a more intimate setting. During the summer months, the garage door windows stay open to invite the refreshing air in as you enjoy one of their uniquely named beer options.
Suggested Beers: Wake Life, Spaceship #6 and Shoot-The-Chutes
With an open patio and large event space, Seventh Son is a great spot to hit in the summer! Just like Land-Grant, this brewery has different food trucks parked outside every day. The relaxed and industrial atmosphere creates the perfect stop for an impromptu lunch, a birthday celebration or just a night out with friends and family. Found in Columbus’ historic Italian Village, the brewery is located in close proximity to a handful of eateries and is an easy walk from the Short North district.
Suggested Beers: Humulus Nimbus, Scientist and Seventh Son
Along with microbreweries, hop farming in Ohio has been growing tremendously over the last few years. According to the Ohio Hop Growers Guild, there are over 70 hop farms across the state. These farmers work closely with brewers to provide high-quality hops for the great-tasting local beer so many Ohioans enjoy!
If you’re not yet 21 or craft beer isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of fun places to visit in Columbus. Check out these top five spots to grab a cup of coffee!