Your 2018 Guide to Hip Craft Breweries and Events in Columbus
Beer is the one drink that can really bring people together. If you are a fan of the growing number of craft beers available in Ohio, this guide will make sure you get to taste them all in Columbus.
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The one fascinating thing about beer is that it has such a wide variety of hops, flavors, and colors to fit everyone's tastes. If you’re not a fan of Guinness, try a Blue Moon instead. If you’re that person who isn’t a huge fan of beer at all, go for the cider (we don’t judge you). Columbus has a great beer scene for anyone looking to try something new, which we always encourage.
Breweries we’re going to explore:
-Four String Brewing Company
-Seventh Son Brewing Co.
Events you should know about:
-Juicy Brews Columbus Craft Beer Fest
-Columbus Craft Beer Week
-Columbus Summer Beerfest
Four String Brewing Company
This particular brewery brews beer like they’re making music. Four String was built from the ground up by Dan Cochran in 1994. According to Cochran, the “notes” to making beer is water, malts, hops, and yeast.
This inexpensive brewery has seasonal beers along with a wide variety of year-long beers. Also, don’t forget to check their calendar because they do have small events
Recommended Drink: Vanilla Porter
Sideswipe Brewing is a small but expanding brewery that truly enjoys their craft. They have incredible reviews on Yelp about the overall atmosphere and the drinks they have available. You can even bring your dog as long as its well-behaved! They don’t serve food, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own.
They brew in the back of the house (with occasional tours), and then it’s available in the “taproom”. That room is simple, but they have different board games to play along with a very relaxed atmosphere to drink your beer. No one likes to be rushed when enjoying a growler.
Recommended Drink: Elegant Hoodlum Smoked Stout
Seventh Son Brewing Co.
If you want variety, this is the place to go. Check out their full list of beers here. This is one of the oldest breweries in the Italian Village in Columbus. What is also very interesting about Seventh Son is, instead of making their food in-house (or not at all), they have a rotation of food trucks that park around the brewery. So one way to determine when to check it out is to peep at the food truck schedule.
This brewery has (what feels like) tons of different beers and they also maintain a full bar if you’re not quite into the beer business. Be warned, Seventh Son has a friendly cat that roams around named Snuffy. This brewery has such a nice atmosphere, you’d be silly if you didn’t hit it up.
Recommended Drink: Humulus Nimbus Super Pale Ale
Juicy Brews Columbus Craft Beer Fest
Date: Sunday. February 25
This event is going to be a wonderful highlight this year. There is going to be 18 breweries to choose from along with the addition of a beer trading area. Traders have the option to bring up to two four-packs, four 750 ml bottles or four growlers to trade. This was a hit in multiple cities, so I’m sure it’ll be just as successful in Columbus. Attendees will be let in 300 at a time, so be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible!
Columbus Craft Beer Week
Date: May 11-19
Fun Fact: Columbus is one of the top cities to go to for craft beer. So, Columbus Craft Beer Week makes perfect sense. This week is going to be filled with tons of vendors from the Ohio area. I can’t give you a specific number because registration is still open. What I can tell you is, this event is going to be the perfect place to get in touch with Ohio’s roots. There are over 40 craft beer breweries in central Ohio, and this is the golden opportunity to expand your tastes.
Columbus Summer Beerfest
Date: August 10-11
The nitty gritty details about this event are still in the works, however, don’t panic! This is the highlight of the summer for beer lovers in Ohio and I’m sure the turnout is going to be great. Last year they had over 130 breweries, along with live music and (of course) craft beer! It’ll take place in the heart of downtown Columbus and I promise, you won’t be disappointed!
There are so many more breweries and events in Columbus, so please don’t feel limited about what is posted here. Beer never goes out of style, and there are many breweries in Columbus that can serve your beer-loving needs.