Top Spots: 10 best breweries in the Columbus metro area

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Are you ready for Six One Pour, Columbus?

The capital city’s annual craft beer festival is this weekend, and the NBC4 staff couldn’t be more excited about it. I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite locally owned breweries in the Columbus metro area are, and here’s what they said:

Combustion Brewery & Taproom

Where: 80 W. Church St. #101, Pickerington

Combustion Brewery & Taproom has built a dedicated following here in the Columbus area. The employees make every effort to make sure you’re enjoying your beer and are willing to provide samples if you don’t know where to start. They usually have about 20 beers on tap, and have a ton of great events lined up for Columbus Craft Beer week. Be sure to check out their schedule here.  

Buckeye Lake Brewery

Where: 5176 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake

Buckeye Lake Brewery opened its doors in February 2012, and in the four years since, it has done extremely well. With names like Shovelhead and Bang and Go Back, the drinks pay homage to the Buckeye Lake area and its history. They haven’t announced what they will be serving at Columbus Craft Beer Week’s Six One Pour, but you can bet it will be delicious!

Land-Grant Brewing Company

Where: 424 W. Town St., Columbus

Land-Grant was started by two Ohio State alumni who returned to Columbus to start something all their own. The first incarnation of the Columbus favorite was known as Oval Brewing and funded by a Kickstarter campaign before being reborn in 2014 as Land-Grant in historic Franklinton. At Six One Pour, they will be serving their limted-release Mr. Balloonhands Berliner Weisse (described as a surreally sessionable wheat ale that drinks like boozy lemonade) and newcomer CMYK (a fruit-forward double IPA that blens the hoppy hues of Warrior, Citra, Simcoe, Ella and Mosaic hops).

Temperance Row Brewing Co.

Where: 41 N. State St., Westerville

Located in historic Uptown Westerville, Temperance Brewing pays homage to the history of the Temperance movement in the Dry Capitol of the World. The front part of the establishment is an old world, European-style deli and the back is where the first legal brewery in Westerville resides. Temperance Row is not participating in Six One Pour, but they’re still worth stopping by. (This journalist recommends trying the Scofflaw Scottish Ale or Corbin’s Revenge IPA.) If you’re a history buff, check out the backstories of some of the beer names. You won’t be disappointed.

Lineage Brewing

Where: 2971 N. High St., Columbus

Lineage Brewing got its roots in homebrewing and the owners wanted to honor the history of their Clintonville neighborhood with a place where friends and neighbors can gather and relax over great beer. They also offer brewing classes to the public with brewmaster and owner, Mike Byrne.

For Six One Pour, Lineage will be unleashing Spachip #6 IPA, Oscura Obscura Blonde Stout, Passionate Bernise: Passionfruit Guava Berliner Weiss and Midnight Sickle: Russian Imperial Stout.

Zaftig Brewery

Where: 7020A Huntley Road, Worthington

Inspired by other popular craft brewers, Zaftig Brewing has quickly grown into a local favorite. The focus on bold, full bodied beers like Black Perle Stout, Too Cans IPA,  Shadow Mistress and most recently Westerville Blue. Their beer is on tap at several area watering holes or you can bring your growler directly to the brewery to fill up.

Ill Mannered Brewing Company

Where: 30 Grace Drive, Powell

Another excellent brewery that has its roots in homebrewing, Ill Mannered Brewing Company offers a nano-brewing experience in the suburbs of Columbus. They make all brews just 93 gallons at a time, allowing them to experiment on a small scale and add new beers to the rotation quite frequently. Ill Mannered will be serving up Pseudo Insubordination Berliner Weisse and Ill Mannered/Nowhere In Particular Collaboration Milkshake IPA for Six One Pour.

Seventh Son Brewing

Where: 1101 N. Fourth St., Columbus

If you’re looking for a bold beer, Seventh Son is the place for you. From American Strong Ale to Stone Fort Oat Brown Ale to seasonal favorites, you’ll find what you’re looking for. For Six One Pour, make sure you try the Toast, Cruelst Month, Lemongrass Whit or Scam Likely.

Four String Brewing

Where: 660 N. Hague Ave., Columbus (Production Facility); 985 West Sixth Ave., Columbus (Grandview Taproom)

Owned by guitarist and brew master Dan Cochran, Four String Brewing operates with one simple premise: Beer, like music, is a lifestyle. Cochran considers brewing an art form, using the simple ingredients of water, malt, hops and yeast to create a masterpiece.

At Six One Pour, Four String will be offering Confluence IPA (a Columbus Craft Beer Week collaboration hazy IPA), Hilltop Lager, Brass Knuckle, Suncaster and Switchblade.

Special Mention: DankHouse Brewing Co.

Where: 161 Forry St., Newark

While it’s not technically in the Columbus metro area, DankHouse Brewing Co. is definitely worth the stop if you find yourself in the Newark area. NBC4 viewers love this brewery, and it’s easy to see why. They have a great selection of their own brews on tap plus guest taps for a total of 10 brews available. And, as another reviewer said, the atmosphere is as dank as their beer.

DankHouse will be at Six One Pour serving up Super Fantastic and Chasing Trees.

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