If you are in Columbus and prefer run-of-the-mill beer, our advice would be to stick to Park Street. However, to have the true “beer connoisseur” taste and experience, both your fridge and palette will thank you if you are willing to experiment with Columbus’s burgeoning craft beer scene.
Keep on reading if your taste preferences stretch beyond the mass-produced pilsner variety. And don’t forget to take note of the places that produce inventive flavors, distinctive styles, limited editions, and year-round batches of craft beers. So, without any ado, let’s begin!
Columbus is home to some of the most amazing breweries in the world, with many of them offering you an unforgettable experience. Here is a list of destinations for the best craft beer in Columbus:
- Seventh Son
- Columbus Brewing Company
- Antiques on High
- Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
- Land Grant Brewing Company
- Hoof Hearted Brewing
- Somewhere in Particular
- Barley’s Brewing Company
- Elevator Brewery and Draught House
Since its establishment in April 2013, Seventh Son has been producing exceptional craft beers at the intersection of fourth and fourth in the Columbus historic Italian Village. Even though the brewery specializes in IPAs, its flagship beers include four-hand seltzers, golden ale, and oat brown ale. Seventh Son has made over 225 different brews while providing you with two beer-drinking spots; a stylish and cool taproom and an outside patio.
So, if you get a chance to visit this brewery, do try their exceptional craft brews, including Humulus Nimbus strong pale ale and the Proliferous double IPA.
Columbus Brewing Company
Name credits to the city, the Columbus Brewing Company prides itself in being the founder of the craft beer industry in Columbus. Aside from producing American hops that are used in a range of IPAs and Lagers, the brewery also dips its toes in barrel-aged beers. The Columbus Brewing Company’s tap room features a radical dragon mural that is woven through with hops, giving the place an aesthetic vibe. The brewery also organizes regular events, including community fundraisers and tours.
The highly recommended craft beers at the Columbus Brewing Company include Citra Noel, Thunderlips, Creeper, Columbus IPA, and the must-try Bodhi 8.3% DIPA.
Antiques on High
Situated on South High Street in the brewery district of Columbus, Ohio, Antiques on High is the sister brewery to Seventh Son Brewing. Little do people know that Antiques on High focuses not only on the fermentation of wild and sour beers but also produces the best hop-forward and hazy IPAs in the city. The brewery has a unique tap room with beautiful contemporary furniture that gives the place a sophisticated look.
Antiques on High has a fully-loaded vending machine. So, the next time you go there, pair your Razzle Dazzle 6.8% Sour Blonde Ale with crackers, chips, cured meat, and a slice of cheese.
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing
Cofounded by a father-son duo, Alan and Bob Szuter, Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is one of the best breweries in Columbus, OH. The family-owned business was created to provide the finest craft beers and the most fantastic dining experience in the city.
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing’s uniquely-styled tap room takes the drinking craft beer experience to the next level. The brewery has all types of beers, including their cream ale with vanilla, cinnamon, cherry, pineapple, and raunchier smoked lager.
Land Grant Brewing Company
The Land Grant Brewing Company traces its roots back to the early 20th century. It was the first brewery to get into canning. Since finding its way into the Columbian community, the Ohio Stadium, and John Glenn International Airport, the Land Grant Brewing Company offers year-round flavors from porters to wheat to IPAs. Because this brewing company is constructed in place of an old elevator factory, despite the renovation, the Land Grant Brewing Company’s tap room still looks a bit industrial. However, the sitting space is comfortable and colorful.
Land Grant Brewing Company has an impressive menu of craft beers. However, our personal favorite is the House Beer 4.6% Premium Lager.
Hoof Hearted Brewing
While most breweries are known for their crazy-themed interior and experimental menu, Hoof Hearted Brewing takes the crown on being bizarre. Established in 2011, the interior design of Hoof Hearted Brewing takes inspiration from pop culture trends. The brewery features lots of colorful labels and crazy craft beer concoctions.
If you are looking for the Hoof Hearted Brewing special beer to try, we recommend drinking the 1-800-DoubleDouble-XtraXtra-FrootieFrootie-BiggieBiggie-JuicyJuicy 10% Triple IPA.
Somewhere in Particular
Located in the heart of Northwest Columbus on a two-acre green backyard of the historic Henderson House, Somewhere, in Particular, has high-top tables giving it a tap room vibe. This eat-brewery is the ideal go-to place if you want a good beer-tasting experience but are looking for something more than a standard snack bar.
While its overall menu includes all bar foods, we have heard that they have the best pizza in Columbus. Moreover, Sour ale brewed with Tangerine and Lime, Somewhere in Particular’s “Liquid Gold” craft beer has 9.2% double IPA, making it the perfect drink for a hot sunny day.
Barley’s Brewing Company
Established in 1992, Barley’s Brewing Company is one of Columbus’s original gangsters in the craft beer scene. It has a bar area with wooden tables and booths and a casual atmosphere that allows you and your friends to chill and relax while sipping off the best craft beer in Columbus.
Overall the menu at Barley’s Brewing Company is pretty robust. The diverse menu featuring salads, entrees, sandwiches, and soups, ensures that everyone is bound to find something that they like. If you are craving a royal experience, try Barley’s Brewing Company’s hand-crafted Bourbon Meyer Buckeye Stout (Tulip).
Elevator Brewery and Draught House
Located in one of the most historic Columbian buildings, the Elevator Brewery and Draught House isn’t just a micro-brewery but a craft bar and a chef-driven restaurant. Although it’s mainly a beer hub, the interior design of the Elevator Brewery and Draught House gives it a restaurant-like feel.
The best craft beer to drink here is the “Elevator Imperial Red Ale,” which has a 9.2% ABV rating. Its malt-forward American strong ale taste is balanced with notes of toffee, caramel, and local Centennial hops. Even though the Elevator Brewery and Draught House’s menu is filled with delicious entrees, sandwiches, salads, and soups, the Almond Crusted Chicken Salad is our all-time favorite.