Beer Guide: Five growler fill spots
The beer is flowing in Columbus. We're topping 23 breweries just on our own, while more and more outsiders have started distributing to our state, bringing a better availability of beers than ever before. In addition to bottled, canned and kegged offerings, beer drinkers can sample brews easily by filling up 64-ounce growlers. Filling stations are everywhere now - breweries, grocery stores, bars, movie theaters and restaurants included - but if you're new to the growler game, start with these specialty stores.
The Ohio Taproom
The Ohio Taproom boasts 20 taps of Ohio beer. One tap is reserved for a non-alcoholic option – usually a Rambling House soda – but the other 19 rotate through selections owner John Evans and his crew gather from around the state. The counter-pressure fill system ensures beer can last upwards of 90 days unopened in a growler. Added bonus: Last year the taproom added a patio and scored the right to serve pints on the premises.
1291 W. Third Ave., Grandview
The Daily Growler
Daily Growler was among the first of the city's growler filling stations. The two locations (with a third on the way in the Brewery District) each feature 60 taps of local, regional and national beers. You can enjoy samples and pints on premise and then fill up a growler with any of its offerings.
Growl! is a corner store gem, offering 40 taps of beer, wine tastings, cocktails, pints and snacks from Lavash Cafe next door. Roughly 20 beers are available for filling growlers, too, in addition to a non-alcoholic selection from Rambling House soda. Keep in mind the shop offers half-priced drafts during the happy hour, which runs 3-7 p.m. weekdays.
2995 N. High St., Clintonville
The Market Italian Village
The Market IV sails under the radar when it comes to beer, but it boasts 20 rotating taps with a wide and varied selection, including some rare finds. In addition to pairing pints with lunch, dinner or brunch, you can fill up growlers at happy hour's half-off pricing.
1022 Summit St., Italian Village
Savor Growl and its companion shop up the road, Savor Pint, have served the Clintonville and Beechwold communities well. Savor Pint has transformed more into a bar and bottle shop ($4 pints all day, every day!), while Savor Growl continues filling growlers from 60 taps. Look for good deals, like the occasional $10 growler fill, on a broad range of beers.
2991 Indianola Ave., Clintonville