Ohio craft beer: Ohio breweries

Shelley Mann, Columbus Alive

Columbus is home to lots of brewpubs, where beer brewed on premises is paired with, say, delicious barbecue. One advantage to running a straight-up brewery like Rockmill is being able to focus solely on creating one-of-a-kind refreshments withotut dealing with the day-to-day business of running a restaurant. Here's a look at the rest of the state's microwbrewery scene.

Buckeye Brewing

Brewing out of: Cleveland

Began brewing: 1997

Known for: Buckeye brews everything from German-style Kolsch to Belgian-style Saison, but they're famous for their hoppy pale ales and IPAs.

Best-known beer: Hippie IPA, a West Coast-style citrusy pale ale

What's new: Zatek 2011, a sweet tropical-style stout similar to what you'd find in the Caribbean

Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Brewing out of: Akron

Began brewing: 2000

Known for: Brewmaster Fred Karm creates flavorful beers by using a special brewing system that incorporates more barley than is usual.

Best-known beer: B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout, a deep-roasted chocolatey dark beer

What's new: Hop Dam Triple IPA, an intense and super-hoppy 10% ABV brew

Indigo Imp Brewery

Brewing out of: Cleveland

Began brewing: 2008

Known for: The family-run microbrewery puts out naturally carbonated, unfiltered, unpasteurized Real Ales-so expect to find some brewer's yeast lurking in the bottom.

Best-known beer: Blonde Bombshell, a smooth and fruity American blonde ale

What's new: Firebrand, a spicy and fruity amber-colored ale that's a twist on an IPA

Mt. Carmel Brewing Company

Brewing out of: Cincinnati

Began brewing: 2005

Known for: Mike and Kathleen Dewey produce handcrafted bottles and kegs out of their 1924 farmhouse.

Best-known beer: Amber Ale, a slightly sweet and fruity brew

What's new: Springtime Ale, a rich and malty Scottish-style beer

Rust Belt Brewing

Brewing out of: Youngstown

Began brewing: 2008

Known for: Former police officer Ken Blair brews his unfiltered beers, made with Youngstown tap water, from a former railroad station building.

Best-known beer: Rusted River Irish Red Ale, a amber beer with hints of caramel and hazelnut

What's new: XOXO Doppelsticke Altbier, a dark German beer inspired by the high-quality stuff Blair drank while stationed in Germany with the Army

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Brewing out of: Akron

Began brewing: 1996

Known for: Excellently named beers (Old Leghumper! Hoppus Maximus!) crafted in small batches with carefully chosen ingredients.

Best-known beer: Old Leghumper, a dark brown chocolatey porter

What's new: Whippet Wheat, an unfiltered weizen with clove and banana flavors

Weasel Boy Brewing

Brewing out of: Zanesville

Began brewing: 2002

Known for: Longtime homebrew aficionado Jay Wince started sharing his craft beers, named mostly after rodents, with the masses a few years back.

Best-known beer: Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout, an inky black brew with dark chocolate and espresso flavors

What's new: Wiley Wolverine RyePA, an American-style pale ale with lots of rye malt