There are few things that more quintessentially define summer than drinking a beer outdoors on a perfect warm day. Fortunately for us, Columbus has some great options for smooth and flavorful patio-ready beers. Below, you will find my 5 favorite local brews that are exactly what you’ve been craving as summer begins.
Columbus Brewing Company: Summer Teeth
This offering from CBC is easily one of my top picks for summer. It’s name says it all – drinkability with a kick. Kellerbier is an unsung hero of the craft beer world, lending a much-needed combo of lemon grassiness and bitterness. Don’t miss Summer Teeth at many of the Columbus festivals this season!
Land-Grant Brewing: Greenskeeper
Land-Grant’s session IPA is ideal for the golf course or at a cookout. I normally shy away from such low ABV beers for obvious reasons, but this one, even at 4.6%, makes me rethink my views. The citrusy notes and just a touch of hops found here are all you need for any occasion. Learn more about Land-Grant beers here: http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/land-grant-brewing/
Rockmill Brewery: Petite Saison
Don’t let the saison label fool you – this beer packs a punch of flavor with the style Rockmill does best. One hazy pour of this yeasty delight is all you’ll need and you will be hooked on this creamy, spicy take on a saison. Learn more about Rockmill here: http://columbusculinaryconnection.com/rockmill-brewery-review/
Zauber Brewing: Vertigo
Vertigo is Zauber’s hefeweizen selection, and it doesn’t disappoint. Sweet banana and vanilla notes will appeal even to skeptics of German beers. This a crisp and refreshing choice for summertime sipping.
Sideswipe Brewing: Pixelated Sun
Sunshine in a bottle is the best description I have for this brew. An American Pale Wheat Ale, Pixelated Sun deserves more love. With a 6% ABV, Citra Hops, and a wheaty backbone, Sideswipe’s seasonal should be on your list of must-haves too.
What other beers are your summertime favorites? Let me know in the comments below!