The Best Microbreweries in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus has recently seen an explosion in small-scale breweries producing unique and flavorful types of beers using traditional brewing methods and high-quality ingredients. Today, the Columbus brewery scene is vibrant, consistently growing, and has earned national and international awards the residents of Columbus are rightfully proud of.

Far from being individualistic, the industry is known for being collaborative and supportive. Look at the regularly held events and you will often find many breweries working together and sharing knowledge and resources. We’re also lucky to have the Ohio Craft Brewers Association right here in Columbus to support and advocate for the state’s microbreweries.

This is all relatively new, as it wasn’t until 2012 that breweries could legally sell their beer on-site. The new law created business opportunities for entrepreneurs and helped to fuel the growth of the industry. As the scene keeps growing, so is the list of the best microbreweries in Columbus. Here are some of our favorite ones.

Seventh Son Brewing Company

With fire pits on the dog-friendly patio, a food truck out front, a large seating area, and an indoor rooftop bar, there are many ways to enjoy a beer at Seventh Son Brewing Company, undoubtedly one of the best microbreweries in Columbus. Cat lovers will especially enjoy the resident feline.

The draft beer menu is nice and varied, with classic with anything from hazy IPA and pale ale to coffee stout and imperial stout, as well as fruity hard seltzer and cider. The food is a weekly rotation of dishes from local restaurants, including tacos from Dos Hermanos on Tuesday, wood-fired pizza on Sunday, and burgers several times a week.

Service options: Takeout · Delivery

1101 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43201 • (614) 421-2337

Photo credit: Seventh Son Brewing Company

Land-Grant Brewing Company

Land-Grant Brewing Company landed on this list of best microbreweries in Columbus because, in addition to top-quality beer, it also offers plenty of special touches like the heated, kid and dog-friendly igloos that can sit up to 8 people. Another is the chance to play some “brewery curling” on their 1,300 square-foot ice rink located in the turf-covered portion of the Beer Garden or check out their Trivia nights, usually on Tuesday evenings.

The beers are as varied as they are tasty, with anything from clean and crisp, fruity, and juicy, to hoppy, malty, and roasty. Land-Grant Brewing Company does not serve food, but there are usually food carts around, or you can get takeout from one of the many nearby restaurants.

Service options: Takeout · Delivery

424 W Town St, Columbus, OH 43215 • (614) 427-3946

Photo credit: Land-Grant Brewing Company

Zaftig Brewing Co & Taproom

If you enjoy live music (they have jazz on Thursdays) and playing darts or other games, Zaftig Brewing Co & Taproom is the place to be. It doesn’t hurt that the beer selection is fantastic and that, unlike some other microbreweries, they also serve food.

Known for their high-gravity, full-bodied ales, their menu features many kinds of IPAs, as well as the Wee Heavy scotch ale, the Nuttn’ 2 It​ pecan brown ale, the Sticky Bunz pastry stout, and much more. Check out their calendar to find out which local food trucks are on rotation when you’re in the area.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No-contact delivery

7020 Huntley Rd # A, Worthington, OH 43229 • (614) 636-2537

Photo credit: Zaftig Brewing Company

Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen

At Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen, the beer is delicious, the food is fresh, and the wings are very inexpensive on wing night, making it a strong contender in our list of the best microbreweries in Columbus.

If you’re into IPAs of all kinds, this is the place for you. All the drinks have fun names, like the Vafflormania (a fruity brunch sour with blueberry, blackberry, cherry, vanilla, and almond), the party pale ale Are We Having Fun Yet, or the Everybody Wants Some, a single hop DIPA with mosaic hops).

As far as the food goes, Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen has both a brunch and dinner menu. The eclectic and unique offerings include the Bayou Bites, featuring fried alligator, fennel fern, citrus salad, and New Orleans aioli, the Fall Salad (spinach, dried cranberry, apple, butternut squash, goat cheese, candied walnuts, maple vinaigrette), burgers, wings, tacos, and more.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · Delivery

850 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215 • (614) 522-1655

Photo credit: Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Next up on the list of the best microbreweries in Columbus, we have Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, which strives to provide a unique dining experience alongside its selection of meticulously designed craft beers.

Come hungry and enjoy a variety of delicious dishes like the Endive (smoked blue cheese, Primus walnuts, dried cherry, granny smith apples, Pack IPA vinaigrette), the Duck Breast (pickled squash, pumpkin and confit garlic tapenade, demi-glace, sprouts), the Hasenpfeffer (braised rabbit leg, potato dumplings, mustard seed jus), and more.

As for the beers, the selection is divided between “Light & Easy”, “Hoppy”, “Wheat, Fruit, & Seltzer”, “Coffee”, and “Barrel-Aged”. Brewery tours are just $15 and can be booked right on the website. They last around 45 minutes to 1 hour and involve a walk-through, a sample flight of 4 beers, and a beer token redeemable at the Taproom.

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery

215 N 4th St, Columbus, OH 43215 • (614) 429-3936

Photo credit: Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

Columbus Brewing Company

While a bit more isolated than other places, Columbus Brewing Company gets a spot on our list of the best microbreweries in Columbus solely thanks to its fantastic selection of beers perfected to the last drop.

There is a lot to choose from, including light, refreshing lager with bready notes and a clean finish, crisp German-style pilsner brewed with Tettnang and Saphir hops, rich, malty German-style Doppelbock with notes of dried fruit, toffee, and chocolate, an imperial IPA with Mosaic™, Citra®, and Idaho 7™ hops, with of orange, cannabis, and pineapple, and much more.

As for the food, the menu features anything from Chipperbec potato fries to pizzas and sandwiches, and it even has options for kids. You will love the Cacio e Pepe pizza, made with ricotta and parmesan cheese sauce topped with fresh mozzarella and balanced with freshly cracked black pepper, the house-brined jumbo wings, fried to order and tossed in your choice of sauce including Za’atar, Maple Bourbon BBQ, Buffalo-Garlic Parmesan, etc., or the House Salad with pickled shallot vinaigrette.

Service options: Dine-in · Delivery

2555 Harrison Rd, Columbus, OH 43204 • (614) 224-3626

Photo credit: Columbus Brewing Company

Elevator Brewing and Draught Haus

This wood-trimmed pub in the historic Columbia building in downtown Columbus boasts a gorgeous hand-carved Philippine mahogany bar, intricate mosaic tile flooring, stunning stained glass, and a lavish decorative ceiling.

The location alone might not be enough to land Elevator Brewing and Draught Haus on the list of the best microbreweries in Columbus, but the beer and food selection certainly does.

The food menu is chef-driven and includes pork stuffed dumplings in soy & brown ale broth, carrot, pilsner-tempura battered Buffalo cauliflower served with dark lager bleu cheese or your choice of sauce, poutine with brown ale braised beef, and much more.

Wash it all down with their selection of tasty beers, like the Elevator Baltic Porter, a lager fermented, robust porter with flavors of coffee, rich chocolate, and caramel, the Scottish, malty, medium strength, Scottish style ale, the Columbus Brewing Co. IPA, an IPA with a balanced malt presence finished with combined notes of grapefruit, pine, and tropical notes from hops grown in the Pacific Northwest, or the Troeg’s Troegenator Double Bock, a fantastically chewy and malty lager with hints of caramel, chocolate, and stone fruit.

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · Delivery

161 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215 • (614) 228-0500

Photo credit: Elevator Brewing and Draught Haus

Somewhere In Particular Brewing

Somewhere in Particular Brewing combines well-made beers with an excellent food menu, and gives the full experience you would expect from one of the best microbreweries in Columbus. It is a great place to visit with friends who are more interested in eating than drinking.

The beer selection is as fun as it is varied. You will love the Tarnished Elden Lord, a traditional west coast IPA with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Chinook hops, the EZ Peezy, an easy drinking session IPA sitting at 4.2% brewed with Cryo Citra and Cryo Mosaic hops, the Final Resting Place, and imperial stout brewed with centennial and chinook hops, or the Just a Hybrid Kolsch-style ale brewed with Pilsen malt, Vienna malt, Hersbrucker hops, & Tettnang hops.

The food menu features delicious pizzas, hummus, many kinds of salads, sandwiches and wraps, and even soup.

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No delivery

5055 Dierker Rd, Columbus, OH 43220 • (614) 826-3723

Photo credit: Somewhere In Particular Brewing

Parsons North Brewing Company

This brewery with a Saturday market prides itself in making enjoyable, approachable, and quality beer using consistent aquifer water from the southeast side of Columbus.

Relax in the yard or patio or hang out in the taproom, depending on your mood. A lot of excellent food trucks come by for some tempting food options to go with your drinks.

Service options: Curbside pickup · Delivery

685 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43206 • (614) 824-4208

Photo credit: Parsons North Brewing Company

Endeavor Brewing and Spirits

Last but not least in this list of the best microbreweries in Columbus, we have Endeavor Brewing and Spirits. With a taproom and a full bar serving local & regional craft beers and house beers, the friendly staff serves drinks with depth and complexity. They are just the rich balance of flavor to complement a meal.

Choose from the Altura, a Latin lager inspired by mountaineering in Chile, unfiltered German pilsner, and tacos al pastor, the Imperial IPA which features a symphony of flavors including apricot, honey, and lime, the Holy Ground, where coffee and dark chocolate flavors give way to earthy hops and a velvety nitro finish, and more.

Service options: No delivery

909 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212 • (614) 732-0086

Photo credit: Endeavor Brewing and Spirits

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