As has been said many times, craft beer is a rising star and perhaps even a focal point of Columbus, Ohio. Each group of Columbus microbreweries seems to have their own little cluster, with Grandview Heights becoming one of the most prominent. As a way to celebrate and promote the Grandview-area breweries, the Grandview Craft Beer Alliance (GABC) has been born.
Laura Oldham, Doug Oldham and Jamie Gentry have founded GCBA to not only serve as a promotional team for craft breweries such as Barley's Smokehouse, Four String, North High Brewing, Seventh Son, Hoof Hearted Brewing and Actual Brewing, but also to support the growth and sustainability of the up-and-coming industry that has become as Laura Oldham describes, vital.
"Our goal is to make both Grandview and Columbus as a whole a craft beer destination," she said. "Our plan is to use the connections we already have in place from other projects to help grow and support craft beer and its continued success in our area."
One of the most important ways the GCBA intends to do this is through regular gatherings such as tap takeovers and other smaller events such as their kickoff event, Grandview High Gravity Hullabaloo. Scheduled to take place on February 1st at 925 W. Burrell, Hullabaloo will invite approximately 250 guests to "enjoy samples of strong beers, smoked meats, retro arcade games and 70s soul and funk," according to Laura.
So what's the appeal for local Columbus breweries to hitch their wagon to the GCBA?
"The benefit of being promoted is an additional opportunity for [local breweries] beer, story and background to be promoted to a growing craft beer demographic," said Laura.
In a press release about the launch of the GCBA, Doug Oldham says, "Our community has embraced its growth as a new brewery district. We want to establish our community as a destination for craft beer lovers in and outside the state of Ohio."
Not only will Laura, Doug and Jamie be organizing tap takeovers and other special events such as Hullabaloo, but they also aim to increase the exposure and patronage of, as Gentry describes them, "the best bottle shops you will find in the state."
As previously stated, Hullabaloo will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2014. So far the list of Columbus craft breweries that are participating are North High, Seventh Son, The Actual Brewing Company, Four String, Barley's Smokehouse and Hoof Hearted (although more will be added). Food will be provided by Barley's Smokehouse, Matt the Millers, and Honeykiss Bakery. Included in the cost of your $50 ticket will be a collectible glass and commemorative t-shirt.
Not a shabby deal considering the unlimited beer part! If you're interested in attending Hullabaloo (and you definitely should be!), click here to purchase your ticket. As of date of publication, Laura reports more than half the tickets to this kickoff event have been sold, so get yours early and don't miss out on what will surely be a memorable experience.