Finally, my last post on my epic, career-defining beercation road trip. I end it the state capital that is synonymous with good times …. Columbus?
To back up, BrewDog is one of the reason I’m a craft beer fan. When I visited Edinburgh in 2012, my first night I visited one of their first bars and instantly fell in love with their punk rock attitude towards beer culture. Above anything, above their philosophy and design aesthetic, they make some of the best beer in Europe. Since then, every time I’m near one of their pubs I have to stop in to see if there’s something I haven’t had.
Now they are setting themselves up to take over America. Previously, you had to search specialty bottle shops to find their imported goods. Last year, they completely their first American production facility and tap room in Columbus, OH.
Welll, it’s not EXACTLY in Columbus. It’s just outside of the city in Canal Winchester. You pass a few large strip malls on the way there. It was about 20 minutes from the center of the Columbus.
When I did there, the ground had just broken of the BrewDog Hotel, which will feature a beer fridge in the shower.
More importantly, the beer brewed there was being served. In the past couple of months, the beer is being distributed outside of Ohio.
Which is why the BrewDog crew settled in that area … central location in America, and probably some tax breaks from the state.
The BrewDog Columbus tap room is the largest one I’ve been to. It has a full-service restaurant, game room, meeting center and merch shop. I threw down some coins on the Star Wars pinball game. Anytime I can drink some craft beer and pinball is alright by me.
The place feels like a wonderland of everything good about craft beer, good food and having a laugh. Case in point, you buy a $5 beer for the chefs and they will cheer in return. I did not, but somebody else did. You then hear a big holler from the kitchen. Not sure it was worth $5, but anything to lift their spirits.
As for the beer, four of the flagships are being brewed in the USA. Only Punk IPA was available to go in cans, but since then, all is available where ever craft beer is sold.
Here’s what I had:
- Punk IPA
- Jet Black Heart Sout
- Elvis Juice IPA
- Hazy Jane IPA
- Hop Fiction Pale Ale
- Dead Pony Club
- Cocoa Psycho
The BrewDog Columbus also serves guest taps as well. Depending on when you go, they might import in a few special releases from their Scotland facility.
This is a new beer mecca in USA, alongside Hill Farmstead, all of Portland, Russian River, Stone, Sierra Nevada, etc. Once the hotel is built, the place will surpass any other brewery operation.