Tasting from breweries farther away is just one of the fun reasons to go to a beer fest. We found TEN of the nearly 50 breweries/cideries listed for the Columbus Craft Beer Fest on May 18, 1-6 (VIP), 2-6 (GA), that you may not regularly see. Those ten have not been at any of the bigger beer fests this year and 3 are favorites from out of state! We give you the details AND we give you other great reasons to attend this great beer fest!
THIS CAN BE A QUICK TWO MINUTE SCAN – WITH LINKS FOR TIX AT BOTTOM OR READ IN 5 MINUTES TO FIND UNUSUAL BEERS
Breweries you may not know: Country Boy Brewing, Lexington, KY, known for Cougar Bait blond & Nacho Bait blond with jalepeno or the Key Lime, but also Shotgun Wedding brown with vanilla, Cliff Jumper IPA, and others. Really good beer from really good people! Goodwood Brewing, Louisville, KY, known for all wood-aged beers like Bourbon Barrel ale & stout, El Gosador tequila barrel gose, Hemp Gose, Red Wine Barrel Saison and more. Blake’s Hard Cider, Armada, MI, offers Traffic Jam with strawberry, blackberry, and raspberry, El Chavo with habenero, mango, and apples, Wake Fire with cherries, orange peel, and (of course) apples, and others. Have you tried Chapman’s Brewing, Angola (+ Ft. Wayne, Columbia City, & Wabash) love European beers and their Englishman Southern Brown was the first I tried from them, then the Enlighten Kolsch-style ale. But the Wry American Red Rye, and Undaunted Single Hop along with others. Crasian Brewing, Brookston, IN, where Michele brews with Tom, may offer Harold’s Honey Red Ale, Bub’s Hi-Yah Oatmeal Stout, Arctic Wolf whnite IPC with Belgian yeast, and a variety. How about dot & line brewing, Ft. Wayne nano-brewery from a printer for Old Brown Boots brown ale, Dark Mild English session ale, or maybe Imperial Ghoul’s Gravy with coffee and vanilla. Fenwick Farms, Rensselaer, has Fort & Outpost lager, Speirbhean (spare-van) Irish Red, or Hop Yard IPA. Shale Creek, Franklin is practically local and has offered Creekside Cream Ale since the start, has Without a Paddle IPA , Hazy Train, or Don’t Rye for me, among many! Seymour Brewing, Seymour, IN, is also just down the road with Bing Bong in regular or peanut butter, Picnic Spirit, or Earache My IPA (9.2%!). Union Brewing, Carmel, IN, is an all hand-pull brewery with Paddle Out, Glasgow Smile, maybe Sir Charles Barley Wine, and others.
Others a bit far away from northern Indiana that you may only have seen at Winterfest include Devil’s Trumpet, Merrillville, IN an award winning brewery that might have #tryn2bcool NE IPA hazy juice bomb, Astronaut Dreams IPA with tangerine, mango, and orange, or to stay basic DT Pilsner plus some pretty crazy beer.
2Toms Brewing of Ft. Wayne where there really is only 1 Tom in house but may serve DDH Petty IPA (as the “other” Tom) with Galaxy and Citra hops, Morn’n Yawn’ coffee stout made with cinnamon rolls (yep, try it!), or Neapolitan Scoop sour with strawberry, cocao nibs, vanilla, and lactose, or other delightful and wacky beers. You’re getting the picture of specialties, right?
Another advantage of the Columbus Craft Beer Fest is the opportunity to sample beer from a brewery named a Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year (2016), Zwanzigz! (Check out our story HERE .) Whether you crave the award winning chocolate beer, famous blueberry, like many of us the ghost pepper stout, or perhaps the Hemp Ale, made from crushed hemp seeds which adds a light, almost nutty taste (no nuts involved) you are sure to find longer lines from this host brewery, as Kurt and Lisa Zwanzig stepped up to sponsor and guide this year’s fest with the help of many on a local committee. Zwanzigz brewer Mike is always there as is his wonderful wife who offers plenty of water rinses and water to drink as a public service at fests making this a family affair.
Of course 450 North will be there and if you are looking for other crazy beers we sometimes find them from Evil Czech Brewery of Mishawaka, Burn ‘Em Brewing of Michigan City, Bare Hands Brewery of Granger of or perhaps even Scarlet Lane Brewing of McCordsville (now with locations in Broad Ripple, Indy’s Old Southside, and Beech Grove).
TO GET TICKETS for the VIP (1 pm), Early Bird (1 pm), General Admission (2 pm), or Designated Driver slots (2 pm) CLICK HERE
There will be bands, a few food booths, a coffee booth and more!
Where: Mill Race Park, just west of Lindsey Street at 5th
When: Saturday, May 18, General Admission 2-6, Early Bird 1-6.
FOR MORE INFO: CLICK HERE No dogs, No kids, Bring TWO IDs to enter.