If you wanted to spend an afternoon discovering decadent desserts, traipsing after taco trucks or over-caffeinating on pour-over coffee, Columbus Food Adventures’ array of tours had something for you. However, if you wanted to spend an afternoon touring downtown breweries, local distilleries or meeting local brewers, they did not. Enter: Columbus Brew Adventures.
“For a long time we thought about adding a beer tour to the Columbus Food Adventures tour roster, but with the explosion in the micro-brewing scene in Columbus we decided that one tour couldn’t encompass all of the great breweries in the city,” said Columbus Brew Adventures co-founder Bethia Woolf. “We decided to launch a new venture with it’s own roster of tours and they will cater to different levels of beer knowledge as well as different geographic areas.”
Woolf, who operates Columbus Food Adventures with Andy Dehus, will run Columbus Brew Adventures with Jim Ellison, a well-known local food blogger and ECDI’s Food Fort coodinator.
Columbus Brew Adventures will debut with six distinct tour options. Each tour will visit 4-5 unique locations and offer beer samplings and light appetizers. Debut tours include Grandview and Downtown microbrewery itineraries, a distillery and spirits focused tour, an in-depth ‘Meet The Brewers’ offering, and Sunday excursions focusing to Licking county and the greater Athens area.
“The meet the brewer tour is a great option for home brewers and people already more familiar with the Columbus brewery scene,” said Woolf. “It will be a more in-depth tour with the opportunity to ask lots of technical questions. We’re excited to take people to some of the out-o-town breweries as well like Jackie O’s, Rockmill Brewery and Granville Brewing Company.”
Tours begin the first week of September, a schedule of which can be found online. Columbus Brew Adventures offers both public ticketed tours and private group tours. Public tours are limited to a maximum of 14 people. Tickets can be purchased at columbusbrewadventures.com. All tours include include transportation, tastings, and light appetizers, and prices start at $55 per person.