Hofbrauhaus Columbus is still in the final stages of construction, but the team behind the Munich-transplanted brewpub plans to officially open the doors for lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 28-one week behind schedule.

Hofbrauhaus Columbus is still in the final stages of construction, but the team behind the Munich-transplanted brewpub plans to officially open the doors for lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 28-one week behind schedule.

Hofbrauhaus is situated on the southeast corner of Grandview Yard, near the corner of Goodale Boulevard and Yard Street. Don't be fooled by the dirt and scattered construction vehicles; the parking garage behind the brewpub is free and already open for use.

As a customer, your decision-making begins the moment you walk through the door. If you're just stopping in for a beer, grab a seat at the beer hall's wraparound bar. If you have a large group or are planning to order food, go for one of the beer hall's long wooden tables. And if you want a more relaxed experience (the beer hall seats 280 and can get rowdy), slip upstairs for a table or booth in the second-floor dining room. The brewpub's outdoor beer garden is set to open in April 2015 and will seat another 300. Seasonal roof seating, accessible from the upstairs dining room, is also in the works, says marketing director Matt Plapp.

After you're seated, you're probably going to want to order a beer. As we reported in August, Hofbrauhaus will offer a new seasonal beer every month (in addition to four mainstays). Keg-tapping ceremonies for the seasonal brews are held at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. The first ceremony-ushering in the Weihnachtsbier, a malty, amber Christmas lager-will fall on Dec. 2.

You can also pick up a Hofbrau six pack in the brewpub's gift shop (located near the north entrance), but the beer within will be imported from Munich. If you want to drink Columbus-brewed Hofbrau beer, you'll need to order a draft liter on site.

If you come hungry, prepare for some reading. The menu is a small book, with more than 20 entrees, seven sandwiches, four burgers and 14 sides. (Soups and salads alone get an entire page). The menu is similar to those at the Pittsburgh and Newport, Kentucky, locations, says executive chef Vincent Quinzio, but there will be a few dishes-some non-German-inspired-exclusive to Columbus, like lager-battered onion rings and lager-battered chicken served with corn and country gravy.

And, parents, take note: Kids eat free the second Tuesday of every month.

Hofbrauhaus' opening hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday to Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday.