Columbus’s brewing community has a little more attitude with the addition of Four String Brewing Company. Located in an unassuming cinderblock building on 6th Avenue in the Fifth by Northwest neighborhood, Four String operates a bare-bones brewery and taproom, which opened in October. A bar area is nestled comfortably within their brewing operation, creating a unique atmosphere where patrons can enjoy their beer surrounded by the very kettles and fermenters in which it was created.
The taproom decor appears sparse, but deceptively so. Upon closer inspection, it’s clear that there has been a lot of thought put into this space—branding is spot on. As you sip your beer and take in the surroundings, you begin to notice the little things that give the Four String Taproom its rock and roll attitude: a ram’s skull above the bar, spotlights overhead, bass guitar heads for tap handles, an Ohio flag stenciled on a pallet overhanging the taproom, and stylized concert posters of their beer line hanging on the walls.
Although the taproom doesn’t offer a full bar, it is the perfect venue for their current playlist: Backstage Blonde (Belgian Blonde), Brass Knuckle (American Pale Ale), Big Star (White IPA), Suncaster (Summer Wheat Ale). Each “string” in the lineup is impressive and will appeal to even the most discriminating craft beer enthusiasts. Four String’s encore is their weekly cask conditioned ale, infused with non-traditional beer flavors and aromatics. Recent offerings included their Pale Ale with Guajillo Peppers and Champagne Mangoes, a Saison with Herbs de Provence, and a Saison with tequila infused Spanish Cedar and Lime Zest. These experimental brews keep the lineup fresh and offer a glimpse into the creative and innovative mind of the Four String Brewing team: owner/brewer/bassist Dan Cochran, head brewer Nick Gabriel, Rob Camstra, and Jeremiah Barrett.
The taproom is open Thursday through Saturday and offers a 4pm–7pm Happy Hour featuring $3.00 pints. Additionally, Four String hosts a rotating roster of food trucks allowing patrons to pair some of the finest mobile food in Columbus with their beer. Customers also have the option of ordering food delivery from Brazenhead, located just a block away.
With their taproom and brewery, Four String Brewing Company brings a little rock and roll attitude to the city’s microbrew community. Their formidable lineup and unique cask creations do a laudable job carrying the bottom end of the ever-evolving melody that is the Columbus brew scene.
This is a guest post by John Schumacher. John is a graphic designer who loves to eat out. His propensity for exploring new places to eat and drink in Columbus often prevails over his introverted and reclusive nature. You can follow his discoveries at jarsloth.wordpress.com. Photo credits also belong to John.