Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ohio Craft Beer Festival Sept. 12-14

While visiting downtown recently, I dropped by The Barrel and Bottle beer and wine store in the North Market.  They displayed the chalkboard to the left, reminding visitors of the beer festival scheduled for September 12-14 at the North Market.  This beer festival draws quite a crowd and features only Ohio-made beers.

In the past, I’ve seen beers from Columbus Brewing Company, Four String Brewing, Mt. Carmel, Barley’s, Elevator, and many others.  Unlike some of the bigger beer festivals, this one (at least in years past) has offered the option of both small 5-ounce samples or full 16-ounce pints if you want them.  (You get a certain number of tickets for samples with your admission, and can use multiple tickets to get a full pint or certain more-rare samples.)

It’s a very nice event, and generally well attended.  One of the best parts of this one is the opportunity to take the coupon you get with admission and have something good to eat in the North Market.  You might get a bowl of Vietnamese noodles, a deli sandwich, some Jeni’s Ice Cream, or any of the other delicious North Market foods. 

Depending on what’s happening at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and other venues nearby, parking can usually be had pretty easily.

I’ve attended the event the last couple of years and hope to do so again this year.

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