Columbus Things to Do: A Visitor's Guide to Micro-Breweries

The Brewery District is certainly part of the many Columbus Things to Do. The area began as a home to German immigrants in the early 1800s. Small breweries popped up within the neighborhood from families who moved here and since, the tradition has continued. The district serves two main functions today, the admiration of architecture that everyone enjoys, and the brewing of beer that will knock your socks off. While staying at a Columbus Inn, stop by one of these micro-breweries in the Brewery District for a tasty crafted beer that will wet your whistle.

Columbus Brewing Co., Inc.
525 Short St
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 464-2739
www.columbusbrewingco.com

Located in the heart of the Brewery District, Columbus Brewing Co. has a heritage that dates back to the 1800s. The time clearly demonstrates quality, handcrafting smooth and delicious beers like IPA, Pale Ale, Apricot Ale, 1859 Porter, Honey Wheat and 90 Shilling Ale. Ingredients used are locally harvested, making the beers not just delicious, but truly a Columbus beverage. It is hard to choose a favorite here, which is why the sampler is a perfect way to indulge in every delightful beer they offer. Columbus Brewing does a wonderful job of crafting each beer for the specific style without an over the top flavor. Not to mention, each has a texture so soft, it's like velvet in your mouth. Columbus Brewing Co. is certainly the brewery of choice, and is recommended when staying at a Columbus Bed and Breakfast.

Barley's Brewing Co.
467 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 228-2537
www.barleysbrewing.com

Barley's Brewery is undoubtedly beyond the typical beers served in the area, putting it on BBonline's list for Columbus things to do and places to drink. Barley's handcrafted beers comprise of Mindola's Granola Oatmeal Stout, MacLenny's Scottish Ale, Centennial IPA, Barley's Pale Ale and Biter Dan eXtreme IPA. Visitors will find the beer exclusive, tasty and the aroma absolutely tantalizing. While here, grab lunch. The menu is appetizing, including Barley's Ultimate burger, reaching nearly 10 inches in height and laid on a bed of crispy fries. The ultimate burger is not the only huge portion you'll find at Barley's, as everything on the menu is of large and scrumptious quantities. You may need to stop by at the bar for a sampling of beer while waiting a short moment for a table. Located across from the Convention center, Barley's tends to be a little busy.

Elevator Brewery-Draught Haus
161 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-2402
(614) 228-0500
www.elevatorbrewing.com

If you're looking for more interaction with beer other than viewing and tasting, a brewery tour may be up your alley, in which case the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus is your next stop when looking for Columbus things to do. Although the Elevator Brewery location is Downtown, the craft beers are excellent and give the Brewery District a run for their money. This micro-brewery brings a delicious flavor to its beers with intense colors that entice your eye. The brewery is also a restaurant that has a wonderful menu. Before the bill comes, all visitors need to order dessert. The dopplebock cheesecake with a chaser of dopplebock beer will be one of the most delicious combinations you can try. Overall, Elevator Brewery is a superb brew pub that provides a lively atmosphere, crafts a delightful beer, creates a tasty dish and assembles a luscious dessert that makes the perfect evening.