When the weather turns hot, my brain turns to two things: relaxing on patios, and ice cold beer. Before Prohibition, Columbus was a national powerhouse in the brewing industry (we even have a neighborhood named for it. ) Today, historic favorites and newcomers are brewing up some great beer, just waiting for a frosty glass and for you to show up. So without further adieu, here are my three favorite breweries in the area:
- Columbus Brewing Company - Their beer is made on-side (look through the windows at the back of the restaurant.) I'm a big fan of their Columbus IPA - nicely light and slightly bitter, with an almost-floral quality from the hops. The patio is great at this place, tucked away in the Brewery District, and the garlic french fries are out of this world.
- Rockmill Brewery - Located in Lancaster, about 30 minutes southeast of Columbus, Rockmill is most famous in the city for being a key ingredient in Jeni's Ice Creams' Apricot and Rockmill Ale Ice Cream. Full bodied, delicous Belgian-style ales are their specialty, and the brewery has a stunning backyard, leading to a waterfall.