Last year, Gordon Biersch brewer Keith Jackson decided the time was right to strike out on his own. After months, of planning, scavenging, remodeling and finally firing up the brew kettles, Keith is ready to unveil central-Ohio’s newest brewery, the Combustion Brewery and Taproom in Pickerington. The Grand Opening will be on Saturday, April 15th.
Combustion is located in the 117 year-old Pickerington Creamery building alongside Romeo’s Pizza. The new digs are an eclectic mix of old, new and recycled materials. The main taproom features a 40-foot-long bar top made by Re:Work Furnishings with wood reclaimed from a barn in Etna. Take particular note of the wood facing below the bar top — it’s made from beautiful burled wooden doors that were salvaged from an old Grandview building. The floors in the main part of the taproom are red brick, while the walls are covered with the old creamery tilework. Keith moved several windows from the front of the building into the taproom providing a view of the brewing equipment at the north end of the bar. Adjacent to the main part of the taproom is a large sunroom with lots of natural light, 20 custom-made tables, and 10 elegant wood pews salvaged from a local church. A large garage door can be opened when weather permits providing easy access to the patio on the front of the building. At the south end of this room is a play area for the tykes, so Mom and Dad can enjoy a beer while the kids enjoy some play time.
Combustion features a 10-barrel brewing system and five 10-barrel fermenters that will fuel the 20 house taps. As soon as the brewery is firing on all cylinders, expect to find 12-16 house beers on draft as well as a craft soda and a cold brewed coffee. Food will be available as well in the form of freshly made paninis, cheese plates, charcuterie and soft pretzels. For special events, you might also find a food truck parked out by the patio. Growlers and crowlers will be available for those wishing to take home fresh beer.
The Grand Opening on April 15th will kick off at 11am and run until midnight. Keith will have 8-10 house beers ready for thirsty beer lovers, including a German Hefeweizen, Stout, Blonde, American IPA, Session IPA, Coffee Stout, Coffee infused Blonde, Blueberry Blonde, a Coffee infused IPA, and maybe a Nitro Stout. Smitty’s Real Pit BBQ food truck will be on-site all day, and The Shaw Brothers will provide live music from 6-9pm.
Combustion Brewery and Taproom is located at 80 W. Church Street in Pickerington, just two blocks east of Route 256 (Hill Road North). Combustion will be part of Volume 3 of the Columbus Ale Trail, which debuts May 12, and have a series of special events planned for 2017 Columbus Craft Beer Week, which starts the same day.