Beer in the United States is a $108 billion industry, a number which has grown in each of the last eight years and shows no signs of slowing down. Craft breweries, small breweries that produce beer in a traditional or non-mechanized manner, are spurring the growth of beer popularity in the United States. Ohio is among those leading the way, ranking fourth nationally in craft beer production. With a 16.6% increase in breweries between 2015 to 2016, craft brewing now accounts for 125,000 jobs in the U.S. and 15,000 in Ohio alone.
Ohio is home to some good beer. A LOT of good beer actually; there are over 240 breweries across the state. We’ve painstakingly pared the list down to 28 of the best. We’re taking you on a journey across the state in this multi-part series. First stop, Columbus!
Here are five of the best breweries in the Buckeye State’s capital:
215 N 4th St, Columbus
Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery located in downtown Columbus. The brewery opened in 2013 with a passion for the craft lifestyle that fuels the company’s inspiration. Their tap room has 20 rotating Wolf’s Ridge beers on tap, happy hours, and a restaurant serving dishes like chicken liver pâté—an upscale twist on bar food. Stop by for live music on Sundays, beer education classes and free public tours.
Fan favorite: Gose (Sour Wheat Ale with coriander & salt)
1101 N 4th St, Columbus
Seventh Son, established in April of 2013, serves some of the best beers in the city from their brewery and taproom in Columbus’ Italian Village. The brewery was named Best Brewery by Columbus Alive in 2016 and 2017, and features four distinct flagship ales in addition to 30-some seasonal or monthly offerings. Their gigantic patio makes Seventh Son a summertime favorite, but their quality beers will keep you coming year-round.
Fan favorite: Humulus Nimbus (Strong Pale Ale)
424 W Town St, Columbus
Land-Grant Brewing Company is an anchor in Columbus’ emerging Franklinton neighborhood, an artsy, young community on the city’s near-west side. The brewing company, which opened in October 2014, has been embraced for its collaboration-brews with other breweries, like Platform in Cleveland, and even clothing companies like Columbus’ Homage. They also recently partnered with Ray Ray’s Hog Pit to offer BBQ as a full-time food option. If you’re not into soccer, game days might not be the time to visit. This is THE spot to watch Columbus Crew games in the city, so it’ll be packed.
Fan favorite: Greens Keeper (Session IPA)
161 N High St, Columbus
Located just a few blocks from Nationwide Arena, Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus is in the heart of downtown. The brewery is housed in the historic Columbia building where it was originally built for billiards and a gentleman’s saloon. The brewery began in 1999 and now offers 12-13 hand-crafted beers on tap and numerous microbrews.
Fan favorite: Big Vic (Imperial IPA)
96 Gender Rd, Canal Winchester
BrewDog opened in 2007 in Scotland and quickly grew in popularity for its unconventional, strong craft beers at a time when traditional lagers and ales dominated the UK market. BrewDog’s rapid growth in the UK led to its first expansion and chose Columbus as its first U.S. market. Its flagship brewery is in Canal Winchester, with a second location in Franklinton and a third on the way in the Short North. Keep an eye out for their $6M beer-themed hotel (with shower beer fridges and a beer spa) planned for 2018.
Fan favorite: Elvis Juice (Grapefruit-infused IPA)
Did we miss any? Sound off in the comments to let us know of other great breweries in Ohio’s capital city.
Next up, we’ll take you north to explore seven of the best breweries in Cleveland!