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:

    >Elevator Brewery and Draft House's Classic Bar

    Elevator Brewery and Draft House's Classic Bar

  • Elevator Brewery and Draft Haus - They've been slinging suds since 1897, and the ritzy yet relaxed history of the place is still apparent its classic decor. The Mogabi American Wheat beer is my favorite on draft, and their calamari is not to be missed.
    • 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.