The taproom is a central focus of most craft breweries these days. The beer is fresher, the connections to the local community stronger, and perhaps most importantly the margins are higher. Ohio has nearly 300 breweries, but the number without a taproom is small enough to count on your fingers. The only two that call... Continue Reading →
It’s a brisk Saturday afternoon in early March and I’m wandering through the rows of a nondescript industrial park in Whitehall, just south of the Columbus Airport. This is not the result of an out of control Friday night bender at the Actual taproom either, I’m searching for the 2 Tones Brewing production facility, with... Continue Reading →
Soccer leagues throughout most of the world practice the concept of promotion and relegation. At the end of each season the teams that finish at the top of a given division are promoted to the next higher division, while those that finish at the bottom are relegated to make room for the newcomers. Anticipating more revenue,... Continue Reading →
This month we discuss hoppy beers, Hoof Hearted's new brewpub, can release parties, and Van Halen with Trevor Williams from Hoof Hearted Brewing.
In this podcast we talk high gravity beers with Jim and Jennie from Zaftig and Doug Oldham from the Columbus Craft Beer Alliance.
What’s your favorite Central Ohio brewery? With the number of choices rapidly approaching 30 it’s a daunting, subjective task akin to picking your favorite David Bowie album, but that doesn't stop people from trying. One such attempt is the Columbus Underground reader’s poll of the best microbreweries in Columbus (strange that they still use the term microbreweries). For... Continue Reading →
Despite the short sleeve weather we've been having lately, Christmas is coming just as surely as a hangover after a night of imbibing imperial stouts. With less than two weeks to go it’s high time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I know there are probably some type A personalities out there who have almost... Continue Reading →
In the inaugural podcast we talk sour beers with Fred Lee (Founder, President and Elder Beerman) and Jonathan Carroll (CEO, Brewer) at Actual Brewing. We preview the two new sours that Actual is releasing on December 5 (Tenacity and Leviton), get into Brett beers, talk Ohio sandstone fermenters at Actual, share Chili recipes, and divulge our lists of underrated Central Ohio beers.
Looking back over recent posts I realized that I haven’t written a beer review in nearly three months. As a first step to atone for this shameful dereliction of duty, today we take a closer look at one of the more unique Columbus area beers—Wolf’s Ridge coffee infused cream ale, Clear Sky Daybreak. This review is... Continue Reading →
In my last post we took a look back at the early days of Barley’s Brewing and the origins of some of their classic beers, like the Centennial and Scottish Ales. While those are still great beers I don’t want to give anyone the erroneous impression that Barley’s is only for people who spend most of... Continue Reading →
Remember if you can the year 1991. The Soviet Union collapsed, the South African parliament repealed apartheid, Nirvana released their debut album Nevermind, and the Cincinnati Reds were reigning World Champions. These events have been documented on Wikipedia, chronicled in TV documentaries, etched into the long term memories of my generation. What you may not... Continue Reading →
The good folks at the Grandview Craft Beer Alliance put on the 2nd annual Summer Session this past Saturday. Beer festivals can run the gamut from awesome experience to shit show, but I’m happy to say that the Summer Session falls firmly into the former camp. If you were there you know what I mean, and if you weren’t make a note not to miss it next time around. Here are the top ten reasons that set the Summer Session apart from many beer festivals.
If breweries had theme songs Land Grant’s would have to be the old Ringo Starr song “It Don’t Come Easy.” Things got off to a promising start when they launched a successful kickstarter campaign in February of 2012, but it would take 33 long months from that point to opening day. Despite or more likely... Continue Reading →
Not content to be outdone by the likes of Westerville and Gahanna, Powell will soon be getting its own brewery, Ill Mannered Brewing. The brewery will be located just north of downtown at 30 Grace Drive. The Ill Mannered team consists of long time homebrewers Brian Mathias, Greg Dannemiller, Ryan Romer-Jordan, and Tom Ayers. They... Continue Reading →
As a long time resident of the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus I was excited when I learned that we were going to get our own brewery, Lineage Brewing. No longer would I have to endure the taunts of my friends from Grandview, Victorian and Italian Villages, Delaware, or Marengo for living in a brewery-free backwater. It... Continue Reading →
Relatively speaking the United States is a newcomer to the worldwide brewing scene. Prohibition was a major blow to the brewing industry in this country, and in the decades that followed mergers and acquisitions consolidated the brewing capacity of our nation. By the 1970s all that was left was a handful of industrialized megabreweries intent... Continue Reading →
What a year 2014 was for beer in Central Ohio. Three completely new breweries, Zaftig, Land Grant, and Temperance Row, opened up shop. Zauber and North High Brewing significantly expanded their capacity by purchasing new brewing systems. Cans of Four String and Seventh Son beers started showing up on the shelves. Sideswipe opened their brewery to... Continue Reading →
With only two weeks to go until the big day it’s about time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. I know there are probably some type A personalities out there who have already started Christmas shopping, but even the most organized probably have some stocking stuffers left to pick up. So if you have a... Continue Reading →
Have you ever felt overshadowed by the success of a sibling, a teammate, a predecessor? What would it be like to walk a mile in the shoes of Scottie Pippen, Kenny Guiton, Ron Wood, or the new CEO of Apple, whatever his name is? In a small way that must be what it feels like... Continue Reading →
Voting for the best IPA in Central and Southeast Ohio has ended and we have a winner, Hoof Hearted's Musk of the Minotaur. A total of 674 votes were cast and the top seven vote getters were as follows: Musk of the Minotaur (Hoof Hearted) - 189 votes Columbus Brewing Company IPA - 171... Continue Reading →