Columbus’ Beer Scene is Booming!

This post is written by Cheryl Harrison, editor of , a blog focused on all of the great breweries, bars, events, wine and spirits in Central Ohio. You can follow her on Twitter @CherylHarrison .

To say that the microbrewery scene in Columbus is on fire right now is a bit of an understatement – adding to great local breweries like Columbus Brewing Company, Barley’s Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing Company and Rockmill Brewery are at least eight new breweries opening in 2012.

Four Strings Brewing Company

Here’s an A to Z – no, really, there’s an “A” and a Z” – of the new breweries opening (or already opened) in Columbus in 2012:

Actual Brewing Co.
Opening: July/August 2012
Owners/Brewers: Fred Lee, Rob Camstra
Beers: Imperial Stout, Belgian IPA, Red Rye Ale, “Columbus Common” style
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Buckeye Lake Brewery
Opened: February 2012
Owner: Rich Hennosy
Brewer: Mike Byrne
Beers: Stout, pale ale, Irish red ale, blonde ale, IPA
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Buckeye Lake Brewing Company

Opening: July/August 2012
Owners: Tim Ward, Gavin Meyers
Brewers: Them, plus you (it’s a “brew-on-premises” facility, too!)
Beers: TBD
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Four String Brewing Co.
Opened: January 2012
Owner/Brewer: Dan Cochran
Beers: Brass Knuckle APA (American Pale Ale), Backstage Blonde (Belgian ale)
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Hoof Hearted Brewing Co.
Opened: May 2012
Owners/Brewers: Jared Bichon, Trevor Williams
Beers: Musk of the Minotaur (IPA), Permafrost (Wheat porter), Calibös (session lager)
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Oval Brewing Co.
Opening: Late 2012 (or early 2013)
Owners: Adam Benner, Walt Keys
Brewer: ? (they’re hiring)
Beers: IPA, Blonde Ale
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Seventh Son Brewing Co.
Opening: June/July 2012
Owners: Collin Castore, Jen Burton, Travis Spencer
Brewer: Colin Vent, Vlad Ponomarev
Beers: Seventh Son of the Seventh Son (American Strong Ale), Black Sheep (foreign stout)
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Zauber Brewing Co.
Opened: March 2012
Owner/Brewer: Geoff Towne
Beers: Vertigo, (german Hefeweizen), Magnum Opus (Belgian copper ale), Stodgy Brown (German Ale), Buxom Blonde (Belgian blonde) and Myopic Red ( German Red alt.)
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Zauber Brewing Company

For more on the Columbus Drinks scene, check out Experience Columbus’ board on Pinterest ! What’s your favorite new brew in town?

  • @tonywhelan

    For me, even though they aren’t open yet but The Actual Brewing Company has some knockout brews. I went to one of their demos and we are definitely in for a treat.

  • Cheryl Harrison

    thanks for having me :)