North High Brewing is expanding from a two-barrel (or BBL) brewing system to a 20BBL brewing system to be housed in a warehouse around the corner from its current bar and brew-on-premise facility, leaving more space for customers to brew their own beer and upping North High’s own beer production. Land-Grant Brewing has finally landed in Franklinton, after losing its Grandview Yard location last year. The fledgling brewery hopes to be open by this summer in a space across from the 400 West Rich building. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is opening a separate taproom this summer in the back of the downtown restaurant and brewery to create a more casual drinking environment than the upscale dining room, and allow for more of the beers to be featured. Zaftig Brewing recently began operating its own Worthington-area taproom on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Actual Brewing’s relatively new taproom is open weekly Thursday through Friday.
Many of the well-over-a-dozen Columbus breweries have until this point been draft-only, but several of the smaller operations have begun releasing packaged potent potables. Four String Brewing launched its Brass Knuckle American Pale Ale in cans at the end of March. Actual Brewing bottled a Berliner Weiße (I’ve always wanted to use that character), a sour wheat-style beer. Buckeye Lake Brewery released bottles of its Irish Red Ale, Scotch Ale, and Black IPA into the market. Rockmill Brewery and Seventh Son Brewing became the first Central Ohio breweries to collaborate on a beer, a Belgian-style stout which each brewery released with different label artwork and slightly different ingredients using the same recipe. Elevator Brewing, which has been packaging for some time now, added Big Vic Imperial Wheat IPA to their bottled lineup.
Mississippi-based brewery Lazy Magnolia is now available in Ohio, the first state outside of the South to see the brewery’s Southern Pecan, Southern Hops’pitality IPA, Lazy Saison and Timber Beast rye pale ale. Ohio Brewing Co. recently landed on Central Ohio shelves with its Double Irish Red, along with several offerings from fellow Ohio brewery Millersburg Brewing Co.
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