|Actual Brewing's Taproom Entrance|
Step through the right-hand of the two doors in the picture, and you'll walk right into the taproom. To your left, you'll find the bar and beer taps. In front of you, tables and chairs to sit and enjoy your Actual beers. To your right, a second room with seating.
The main bar offers 5 taps. Four of these serve Actual Brewing's beer. The fifth serves a non-alcoholic root beer. The bar is clean, nice looking, and pleasantly decorated. The server is friendly and engaging, knows the beers on offer, and can help patrons pick out one to their liking.
|Actual Brewing's Taproom Counter/Bar|
Once you have your beer, the taproom offers some fun and interesting options. The room adjacent to the bar has a shelf full of books along with tables and chairs. Music is also being played over a stereo system.
Walk past this room and you'll find a room with a single table and chairs, a shelf filled with interesting board games, an old-school video game console hooked to a television (for visitors to play on), and a number of old 80's style video game arcade machines. Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac Man, Dig Dug, a bowling game, and Galaga were there.
|Video game console and Donkey Kong machine in the back room|
|Board games available for patrons to play|
|Whiteboard in the back room of the Actual taproom|
Enough about the taproom itself.
While there, we sampled the Photon Light Lager, Saison Du Poincare, and Fat Julian beers.
The Photon Light Lager is bright and clear pale gold with a nice balanced aroma and flavor. It's a great example of the light lager style and a beer I can imagine being popular with the macro brew set while still having a good enough flavor to entice craft beer fans to drink it.
Saison Du Poincare is a very nice beer as well. It's closer to amber in color with a white head. The aroma has the usual Saison "funk" to it and a hint of fruitiness as well. The flavor and aroma are perfectly matched. Hops bitterness is present but subdued, as it should be in a Saison. I would rate it as one of the better Saisons I've had. I'll be sure to watch for this one on tap or in bottles.
My wife and I split a glass of Fat Julian, Actual's Imperial Stout (dispensed with nitrogen instead of carbon dioxide). This is a very impressive beer. The aroma is chocolatey, with hints of coffee and roasted malt. It's slightly sweet, but in no way cloying. Hops bitterness is present but doesn't dominate. The 10% alcohol content is well hidden. The use of nitrogen ensures that the head is present from the minute it's poured until it's finished, and helps to keep the chocolate aroma alive. It's an excellent stout.
Actual Brewing Company
655 N. James Road
Columbus, OH 43219