Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dispatched in Columbus: O-H... I-O!

To coincide with this week’s beer review of Elevator’s Dark Horse Lager, I have decided to do a beer travel guide for Columbus, Ohio - home to the Better Beer Authority!

In this blog, we tour the downtown Columbus craft beer scene by visiting Elevator Brewing Company, Columbus Brewing Company, and Barley’s Brewing Company.

With 11 brews available and an extensive dining menu, Elevator Brewing Company has a lot to offer. Come hungry and thirsty. They also offer tours for $20 on the third Saturday of each month.

The Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant is located near German Village and the Brewery District in downtown. With a full food menu and a number of their beer offerings, I would be surprised if anyone left unhappy. The first Thursday of each month, they have A Hop Odyssey. It is basically a special cask or draft tapping party. Sounds great to me!

Barley’s Brewing Company has two locations. Barley’s Ale House on High Street and Barley’s Smoke House on Dublin Road (3 miles away). Both offer food menus, and obviously the smokehouse is all about barbeque. But this blog is about beer! The list of offering between the two joints is extensive - taps from Columbus Brewing Company, Southern Tier, Breckenridge, and Founders. For bottles, they have offerings from Dogfish Head, Victory, Green Flash, Stone and more. Each location has its own beer list, so visit their websites to see which offerings suit your palate best.

Overall, I think you can put together a pretty good beer drinking night, or weekend together in Columbus.

Note: each brewing company's website has extensive directions and information.

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