Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Crafted Drafts several weeks ago in an article published in one of the local “free newspapers”. As a craft beer fanatic with a blog that features regular beer reviews, it can be hard to balance the desire to review as many beers as possible against the reality of a limited budget for beer purchases. That makes a shop’s selection of single-bottle options a very enticing proposition.
Crafted Drafts features 600 different beers, approximately two-thirds of which are available as single bottles. That’s a much larger single-bottle selection (at least percentage-wise) than you’ll find at most Columbus retailers – especially for standard-size bottles (large “bomber” selections are commonplace).
Crafted Drafts also offers a large collection of ciders and gluten-free beers, including products from New Planet, Omission, McKenzie’s, Woodchuck, Aspall, Sonoma Cider, Crispin, Thistly Cross, Wyder’s, B. Nektar, and others. There are even some root beers and ginger beers in stock.
The single-bottle selection includes many beers you might have seen at other local retailers but were hesitant to try because of the price tag on a four-pack or six-pack. No one wants to spend $25 on a four-pack of a beer like Thirsty Dog’s Wulver Wee Heavy Ale without knowing whether they’ll really like it. (Hint: That one’s actually a great beer…) Crafted Drafts is a great place to find and try individual bottles of beers you might have been afraid to try elsewhere. Not only that, but the staff knows its beer and can help you get the most from the dollars you spend. For instance, I was advised not to chill one of my selections too much or it would taste unpleasantly bitter, and received recommendations of other beers I might like based on some I’d purchased.
Something that will also catch your attention about Crafted Drafts is how well curated the selection is. Many of the beers on its shelves are “best of breed” or “best of brewery”. I saw many personal favorites on the shelves, and virtually none of the similar beers I thought were marginal or poor. This wasn’t just a coincidence. I actually overheard the owner discussing the available brews with his distributor. He was excited to get certain beers back in stock, and turned down some popular brews that he didn’t think his customers would like. (That’s good business to a certain extent, but turning down a popular beer that sells well just because you don’t care for it shows integrity.)
If you’re looking for a wide selection of beers to try without getting stuck with multi-packs you find later that you dislike, you’ll want to check out Crafted Drafts. Not only will you find a great selection of individual bottles, you’ll also get good advice on other beers you may want to try.
Crafted Drafts5245 N. Hamilton Road
Columbus, OH 43230
Open Monday through Saturday 12pm to 8pm
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