Food News: Four String Brewing announces new facilities and brewmaster

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The next round of Columbus brewery expansion is already upon us! Four String Brewing announced recently the addition of a 25,000-square-foot production facility on N. Hague Ave. on Columbus’ West Side.

The new space will house a 30-barrel brewing system, which represents a 300-percent increase in capacity for Four String. Owner Dan Cochran said the expansion will also include a canning line and a laboratory. The increased production will allow them to distribute their beer statewide and introduce new beers to their portfolio.

The current brewery and taproom on W. Sixth Ave. in Grandview will remain open; once the new facility opens, the old brewery will be focused on producing Four String’s Solo Series and other seasonal or specialty brews.

The expansion announcement coincides with the hiring of Columbus native Larry Horwitz as Four String’s new brewmaster. Horwitz has over 20 years of brewing experience, working previously for breweries like Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. Horwitz served as consultant on Four String’s original facility, is a certified beer judge and serves with the Brewer’s Association and Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast athttp://BreakfastWithNick.com and authored the guidebook “Breakfast With Nick: Columbus,” with a second edition coming in 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.

Photo courtesy of Four String

Photo caption: Four String owner Dan Cochran (right) signs a partnership agreement with new brewmaster Larry Horwitiz (center), while Dogfish Head owner Sam Calagione (left) serves as witness. Cochran and Horwitz finalized their agreement at the recent Craft Brewer's Conference in Portland, Oregon.