On Tap: Columbus Craft Beer Week

Nicholas Dekker

Columbus Craft Beer Week returns for the fifth year, officially kicking off with a party the evening of Friday, May 17, at the Grandview Yard Market District and running through May 25. Over the course of nine days, more than 100 individual events will occur all across the city, including beer tastings, dinners, special releases, brewery tours, educational events and more happenings.

Some highlights of the week include:

  • The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington hosts its fourth-annual Infusapalooza on May 17, featuring more than 20 infused beers.
  • Platform Beer Co. releases the Schmidt's Peanut Butter Fudge Puff Bier, inspired by Schmidt's cream puffs.
  • Barley's Brewing Company will tap a different barrel-aged beer every day of Craft Beer Week.
  • May 17-19 and May 23-25, Land-Grant Brewing pairs flights of beer with Ray Ray's Meat Sweats box. Proceeds benefit the Pink Boots Society.
  • On May 18 and 19, 101 Beer Kitchen locations collaborate with Homestead Beer Co. to pair brunch dishes with specialty beers.
  • On Tuesday, May 21, Wolf's Ridge Brewing hosts a sour tap takeover and bottle release, featuring more than 20 sours.
  • Seventh Son will pair specially infused beers with Preston's Burgers on Wednesday, May 22.
  • On Thursday, May 23, The Ohio Taproom will feature Athens producers: Devil's Kettle, Jackie O's, West End Ciderhouse and Fifth Element Spirits.
  • Somewhere in Particular Brewing hosts a special can release and fundraiser for the Franklin County Animal Shelter.
  • On Saturday, May 25, Columbus brewers will compete in a Skee-Ball tournament at Pretentious Barrel House.

As in past years, local breweries have banded together to create a collaboration beer to commemorate the week. Eighteen different breweries gathered at Seventh Son this year to brew the 2019 collaboration, a hazy IPA brewed with key lime, Sabro and Mosaic hops, and then fermented with kveik, an older Norwegian yeast. This year the beer has settled on a permanent name, Six One Pour, rather than a rotating title.

The week's signature event, Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest, takes place on Saturday, May 18, from 6-9 p.m. This year the ticketed beer festival shifts to COSI, and will feature more than 50 different Ohio breweries.

Craft Beer Week also coincides with the launch of the Columbus Ale Trail Volume Five. Booklets will be available at participating breweries starting Friday, May 17. This year's addition features 46 stops.

May 17-25


Columbus Craft Beer Week