|A Brewery District welcome sign and a stone relief depiction of the old|
Hoster Brewery found in Brewers' Alley
Flash forward to the summer of 2015. Now reaching its fifth anniversary, this tour company has grown, increasing its offerings both in terms of neighborhoods (Grandview Heights has become another neighborhood-related tour offering, for example) and themes (Nick Dekker, author of the well-known "Breakfast With Nick" blog, now leads area breakfast- and brunch-oriented area excursions.)
In addition, CFA has expanded into another growing part of the area's food scene with Columbus Brew Adventures. Started in September 2013 by CFA co-founder Bethia Woolf and writer Jim Ellison (himself involved in numerous area culinary ventures including the Alt Eats Columbus and Taco Trucks Columbus websites and his own blog (The CMH Gourmand)), these tours offer novel ways to to explore the area's flourishing craft beer scene along with other aspects of Columbus' culinary scene (for example, their "Pitchers and Pizza" tour offers an exploration of iconic area pizzerias along with tasty local brews.)
As a pair who likes to seek out beer-oriented destinations in their travels, I think it was surprising to both of us that we hadn't actually taken a tour with Columbus Brew Adventures when we received an invite by Mr. Ellison himself to join us as guests on their Brewery District Tour, held on a what turned out to be an against recent trends sun-soaked Saturday.
|The tour started off at the Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant,|
which provided tour-goers a nice Santa Fe pizza for snacks and
a taster of the Columbus Brewery's Pale Ale and IPA.
|Our tour starting point at the Columbus Brewing Company Restaurant,|
along with our tour guide Jenna and one half of a double-sided
hand-drawn map of the Brewery District given to participants
|The influence of the original Hoster Brewery, once the largest in Columbus,|
was seen throughout the walking tour, with numerous current businesses like
World of Beer and Via Vecchia Winery now occupying its facilities.
|Brewery District eateries like Brick American Kitchen and El Arepazo|
provide tour-goers a chance to sit down, sample their culinary wares
and have a taste of some of locally crafted brews
For us personally, the Brewery District tour turned out to be a wonderful way to learn about what made this area important in Columbus' long history, as well as introduce us to some of the landmarks and businesses in the area that we had only heard about but never had a chance to visit. Add in the tastes of delicious local beers and eats and some good company alongside, and we had a day King Gambrinus (the patron saint of brewers) himself could celebrate.
|The King Gambrinus statue (actually modeled after Columbus brewery|
owner August Wagner) offered a colorful end to a great tour
Tour and ticket information can be found on their website at
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