Columbus Beer Guide: Get inside the brewing action

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
North High Brewing

Sometimes you want to take your love of beer to a new level. Want to get a closer look behind the scenes? Consider one of these ways to get involved.

Brew your own batch at North High Brewing

As Columbus' first and only brew-on-premises operation, North High welcomes brewers of all experience levels to craft their own 15-gallon batch of beer. Choose from a book of nearly 40 recipes-or make a few modifications of your own-then brew under the watchful eye of an experienced brewer.

Columbus Brew Adventures tours

Long-time Columbus blogger Jim Ellison created Columbus Brew Adventures, a sister company to Columbus Food Adventures. He takes van-loads of guests to meet local brewers and their beers all over the city (visits vary by tour). Imagine getting to sip North High's English special bitter while owner Gavin Meyers takes you into the brewery. Or how about smelling ingredients and learning the brewing process with Colin Vent at Seventh Son? Ellison also takes guests to local distilleries and beyond the 270 loop to breweries to the east and southeast of Columbus.

Canning at Four String Brewing

Four String cans popular brews like Brass Knuckle pale ale or Vanilla Porter every Thursday at their Grandview brewery. Volunteers can join them in one of two shifts-10 a.m. to noon, or noon to 2 p.m. -to help the gang from Buckeye Canning, a mobile canning operation. Volunteers receive a six-pack and lunch for their trouble.

Seventh Son canning

This popular Italian Village brewery also puts out the call for volunteers to help assemble four-packs of their Humulus Nimbus pale ale and their Seventh Son strong ale with Buckeye Canning. Check the brewery's Facebook page for details.