It may seem that summer is the ideal season for craft beer, but fall is proving to be just as busy - if not busier!
First and foremost is the much-celebrated Oktoberfest. While many local watering holes will have their own events or specials to celebrate das bier, the Ohio Expo Center (Fairgrounds) will be offering free admission September 27th through the 29th. If you have kids but don't want to miss out on the Oktoberfest fun, this might be the place for you. The Expo Center will offer plenty of activities to keep the kids busy and distracted while the parents have a few brews (responsibly, of course).
For the adults, tickets will be available to buy food and bier from places such as Schmidt's, Jurgen's, Kinder Haus and Mauger's Mini Donuts. Available beer will include Paulaner, Bitburger, and Hofbrauhaus (excuse the lack of an umlaut).
If you're looking for something more adult-oriented, this coming weekend has many events from which to choose. After waiting with baited breath, Wolf's Ridge Brewing will be opening its doors to the public on Friday, September 27th at 5 p.m. Wolf's Ridge will offer their own brews as well as other local and Midwestern brews to start until they are at full capacity with their own brewing schedule.
If you haven't had your fill by Friday night or are too busy until Saturday, no worries. Oktoberfest and Wolf's Ridge will still be there. Saturday, September 28th will also offer another option - Septemberfest. Held at Strongwater Food and Spirits, The Actual Brewing Company (which was nominated by the Small Business Beanstalk for best new business of the year - congrats!) is inviting anyone and everyone to come enjoy beer, food and music, as well as try their take on Oktoberfest beer. The events starts at 2 p.m. and if you can't make it that early, don't worry - festivities will be going until 2 a.m.
There are more events to come such as the Short North Craft Beer Festival which will be held October 11th through the 13th. Stay tuned for more information about this and many more fall Columbus craft beer events!