St. Patrick’s Day rivals Super Bowl Sunday and the 4th of July as one of the biggest beer-drinking days of the year. However, don’t celebrate this festive holiday drinking watered-down green-dyed mediocre beer! Plenty of places in Columbus will be offering craft beer connoisseurs an array of hearty microbrews and other festivities to help you celebrate St. Patty’s Day in style.
World of Beer at Easton will be hosting an all-Ohio brewery takeover on Saturday. All 50 taps will be pouring the best of Ohio’s craft beer offerings. Their short list that is sure to entice you includes:
Weasel Boy Brown Stoat Stout
Weasel Boy Meets Dog English IPA
Rockmill Cask Aged Tripel
Market Garden Viking Pale Ale
Market Garden Pearl Street Wheat
JackieOs Razz Wheat
JackieOs Firefly Amber
JackieOs Mystic Mama
Willoughby Moon Shadow IPA
Willoughby Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter
Barley's Scottish Ale
Barley's Blood Thirst Wheat and
Great Lakes Ohio City Oatmeal Stout.
If you’re looking to avoid the Easton traffic, head to North High Street to Barley’s Brewing Company. In addition to their new musically inspired Woodford Bourbon Barrel Conditioned series (article highlighting these new brews to follow shortly), they will be tapping their once-a-year Irish Rogue. Brewed especially for St. Patrick’s Day, this holiday-inspired microbrew is an amber ale brewed with whole American Cascade hops. If you want a truly Irish-inspired beer that is lighter and more refreshing than the typical go-to choice of Guinness, this is your huckleberry.
St. James Tavern on North Fourth Street will be hosting Bell’sapalooza. This mini-takeover actually starts Thursday at 6 p.m. and includes Hopslam, Oberon, Two Hearted Ale, Black Note Stout and more. And if you’re hunting down Columbus’ famous food trucks, you’ll find some of them here.
To start the weekend off on Friday night, head to The Woodlands Tavern where you’ll enjoy a Four Strings Brewing Company tap takeover. Unfortunately this is happening Friday night only, but you still have plenty of options for Saturday and Sunday.
And last but not least, down on Parsons Avenue Hal & Al’s will be celebrating St. Patty’s Day in style. In addition to their usual offerings of quality craft beer and delicious food, patrons can find what may perhaps be a true rarity – green corn dogs. They open at 10 a.m. on Sunday and will be giving away shamrock decorated pint glasses all day until 4 p.m. as well as free beer swag from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company out of Portland, Oregon who will be promoting their Irish-inspired microbrew, O’Ryely IPA.
So get your green threads on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus craft beer style – no green beer!