Four to look for at this weekend’s Columbus Beerfest

Written by on January 29, 2015 in Events - 1 Comment

columbus-beerfestColumbus Beerfest is a great time to try new brews, but the sheer amount of choices — over 350 — can be overwhelming. Here are four – not necessarily the best, or the rarest, or the localest — just four damn good choices.

Ithaca Flower Power: At the very first Columbus Beer Fest — before Drink Up Columbus was a thing and I was instead working on an awkward beer video series called TappedIn.TV – this beer won over my tastebuds. I spent the last hour or so of the event lurking near the Ithaca table for refills. If you can leave a Beerfest with just one new brew that you LOVE, consider it a success.

Columbus Brewing Bodhi: Chances are you’ve had Bodhi on tap around town, but if not, do yourself a favor and try this delicious Double IPA, which recently won bronze at the Great American Beer Festival. Unfortunately CBC won’t have Creeper – which took gold at GABF and which I prefer over Bodhi – but they will have their tasty Sohio Stout and a Barleywine called da Ruckus that I look forward to trying.

Clown Shoes Ohio Unidragon: Because of Ohio’s arbitrary ABV cap on beer, Clown Shoes Brewery, based in Massachusetts, was unable to send their Blaecorn Unidragon Russian Imperial Stout – which clocks in just over the limit at 12.5% ABV to Ohio. Instead, they brewed a special variant squeaking in under the limit at 11.5% ABV. With raising Ohio’s ABV getting lots of attention lately, sip on this brew as thanks to a brewery who went out of their way to get around our silly legislation and send us a beer whose label boasts guitar playing skeleton football rivers on a burning river… because Ohio.

Vandermill Totally Roasted: Ever since visiting Vandermill in Michigan last year, I’ve been obsessed with this cider! I recommend it to all my gluten-free friends, my cider loving friends and even my cider-averse friends. It’s not overly sweet and the roasted pecans give it a really unique flavor profile. It will become your new go-to cider.

Check out the full beer list online and buy tickets before they sell out, which they are expected to, especially for Saturday. Tonight (Thursday, January 29) you can snag tickets for $5 off the online price – $35 Regular, $45 Early Admission – at a Beerfest Kickoff Party at Gordon Biersch from 5-7pm. Beerfest organizers will also be giving away tickets to a few lucky attendees.

About the Author

Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

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