If there’s one constant in life, it’s change. And it’s certainly true for beer in Columbus. Every week brings announcements of new beers, new collaborations, new events, and new breweries! Here’s a look at some of the new things coming from the Columbus brewing scene.
1. New Breweries Temperance Row Brewing has joined the ranks of central Ohio breweries. This Westerville brewery is housed inside the also-new Uptown Deli & Brew. Customers can order deli sandwiches to enjoy with their pint of beer. The brewery is led by Scott Francis, long acknowledged as the godfather of Columbus brewing (he helped establish Columbus Brewing Company and Barley’s, and owns the Winemaker’s Shop.)
Pigskin Brewing Company in Gahanna recently opened their doors, too. While their own brews are still fermenting, they’re serving a line-up of guest beers from around Columbus and Ohio. The sports-themed brewery is collaborating with Ciao Vino next door to provide bar snacks for their guests.
2. New beers New beers are constantly being announced, as breweries experiment with new recipes or adapt for the seasons. Smokehouse Brewing hired a new head brewer, Sam Hickey, who brings with him an interest in yeast cultivation and Belgian beers, and already some of his new brews are showing up on the Smokehouse menu. Actual Brewing Company just announced their new balanced and malty Resistor Irish red ale. Zaftig Brewing also will start bottling some of their brews for wider distribution.
3. New brewing facilities Columbus Brewing Company has outgrown their space behind the Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant, so they’re moving to a much larger production facility on the west side of town. The move will allow them to brew in higher volume and begin bottling more of their beers, such as the highly sought-after Creeper and Bodhi IPAs.
North High Brewing also opened a separate production facility. Demand for their beers has increased so much that they can no longer keep up with their brew-on-premises operation. Word is that they may open a taproom at the production facility in the future, too.
Hoof Hearted Brewing north of Columbus announced they’re moving to a larger facility and opening a taproom. They’re still sticking with north-of-the-city digs, but the bigger operations will allow them to begin canning beer and serving brews directly to customers.
4. New taprooms Wolf’s Ridge Brewing opened their new taproom in January. The taproom is located at the back of their building and features twenty taps. This allows brewer Chris Davison to experiment with more styles and specialty brews, while Chef Seth Lassak has produced a special bar snacks menu.
Sideswipe Brewing also expanded their taproom hours to Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, which allows guests to sample more specialty brews on tap.
If you’re looking to experience Columbus craft beer as a whole, mark your calendar for the first annual Columbus Craft Beer Week – May 1-9, 2015!