Drink: Gordon Biersch's summer menu

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Seasons change, and that's good news for a brewmaster worth his hops.

Wait, it got cold? The leaves changed color? Everyone's exhausted from the heat? Awesome . Let's make a new beer.

Gordon Biersch did just that with a Kolsch-style ale for those who want to sip some suds on a patio. Then the Arena District brewpub went one step further, creating an entire menu of island favorites available through Aug. 1.

The Booze :

Gordon Biersch is known for crafting quality drafts in line with Germany's 500-year-old purity laws. That mission results in fine year-round offerings that range in taste from the Golden Export, a lightly hopped lager, to the Schwarzbier, which features heavy-duty coffee notes.

SommerBrau is a good addition to the mix: beer meant for hot, steamy outdoor drinking. Though refreshing, it's got a lot more kick than what you normally chug after mowing the lawn - i.e., you can actually remember what it tastes like after setting down your glass.

Seasonal half-liters at happy hour run $3.50, down from $5.50 other times. Flagship beers run $3 at happy hour, down from $4.75.

If you're not sure which to try, grab a six-beer tasting flight for $5.50.

The Food :

Around Central Ohio, a bar's trip to the islands usually means adding some limp cocktail shrimp to the menu. Gordon Biersch prefers a more made-from-scratch approach, and it shows in the Caribbean creations on the summer slate.

The brewpub's seasonal menu is a bit on the pricey side and doesn't get a happy-hour treatment. Still, it's a good way to sample a few summery things after work or before a ballgame.

There's the Key West Lobster & Shrimp Linguini ($20), Churrasco Steak & Coconut Shrimp ($21) and Shrimp & Lobster Spring Rolls ($10). No matter what you pick, you're likely to find plenty of seafood, sweet jerk seasoning and fresh fruit.

Not sure what to try? Order the Caribbean Combo ($18). You'll get three delicious jerk chicken sliders, five toasty coconut shrimp, spring rolls, a bed of greens and two tasty dipping sauces.

Drink up:

Gordon Biersch

401 N. Front St., Arena District

614-246-2900

gordonbiersch.com

Bar hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Kitchen hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Happy hour: 3-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday: discounted appetizers, $5 margaritas, mojitos and martinis, $3 flagship beers, $3.50 seasonal beers, $1 off wine; 9 p.m.-close Monday-Friday: discounted appetizers