Columbus Beerfest Recap and Pics

What started out as a nice weekend with friends ended up being the kind of weekend that makes you sit around Sunday and contemplate your life’s direction.  The contrast between the IX Beer Fest and Columbus Beerfest couldn’t have been clearer.  We had a blast at the Beerfest this past Saturday night.   It was a real drinkers atmosphere at the Columbus Civic Center.   One massive clue that I overlooked that would have prepared me for the sampling that lay ahead … 8 oz samples. 

As with other past events I wanted to hit up as many brands as possible.  To try the best of what they have on hand and maybe even discover something new.  The Columbus Beerfest was primarily focused on USA beers.  I think USA focus also shaped the mentality of organizers which lead to the offerings of 5 oz and 8 oz samples.   The beers they had were all outstanding and definitely staples of American Craft Beer Industry.   Here is just a few of participants: Stone, Left Hand, Southern Tier, Serra Nevada, Victory, Bell’s, and 21st Amendment. 

We had a good crew that we ready for some drinking.  Carla, AJ, AJ’s roommate, Katie (Blogger Friend who write LoveandLuggage), Grey and myself.  We ate in The Short North at Betty’s before the event.  Carla mentioned their food was supposed to be excellent and since they also cook a handful of dishes with beer we decided Betty’s was perfect.  In keeping with the beer theme for the weekend I got an outstanding bratwurst and potatoes made with Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.  The dish was great and the potatoes were the perfect base for all the beers that we were going to consume.

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Now let’s get into the Columbus Beerfest.  The atmosphere was great.  It seemed like a complete 180 in attitude from the CLE IX Beer Fest [Our Review].  The crowd was much younger than the one in CLE.  It seemed to be a mix of people right out of college to 10+ years out.  Everyone was there for one thing … and one thing only … to drink copious amounts of booze.  Everyone was nice and friendly … It was the age group that you would find at the Arena District (Columbus) or W 6th (Cleveland) - Minus Douchebags/Affliction Shirts/and Sloppy Drunk girls.  I didn’t see to may people keeping notes or anything like that so it was definitely  less intense than the craft beer crowd I expected.

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It was held on the 2nd level of the convention center.  As you can see the crowd is pretty big but you didn’t feel cramped.   Yelp was giving out free Pretzels. Serra Nevada had what looked like the The Mystery Machine Van

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List of Beers Tested

  • Stone – Ruinataion IPA    BA
  • Left Hand – 400 Pound Monkey   BA
  • Bell’s - Oberon   BA
  • Avery – New World Porter   BA
  • North Peak Brewing Company – Wheat IPA   BA
  • Neil House Brewery – Cranberry Cider    BA
  • Victory – Headwaters Pale Ale   BA
  • Mt. Carmel – Drifter   BA
  • Moerleinr – IPA   BA
  • River ?>>??/?  – Wit Ale   BA
  • 21st Admendment – Rye IPA  BA
  • Victory – Yakama   BA
  • Smutty Nose – IPA   BA

Now mind you those were 8 oz samples.  That equates to a little over 9 beers that I drank from 7:30 till 10:30 … Needless to say I was feeling pretty loose.  So was the rest of the crowd.  The bathrooms seemed like an absolute minefield to us wearing sandals by the end of the night.  But who cares … we all drunk and sharing in the passion for great craft beers.  The ticketing at the stations were extremely liberal (think Michael Moore).  Most didn’t ask for tickets so it seemed kind of like an honor system that was expecting little participation.  If your main concern is … will I run out of tickets … NO you will not …. in-fact I could bet that even if they were hardcore and took each ticket you probably wouldn’t be able to get through all 25.  The only place I was upset that I missed was Gordon Biersch so I could meet backup with brewmaster Chris (Cool Guy). 

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After the night was over Carla, AJ, AJ’s roomate, and myself decided we would go across the street to Char Bar.  What a bad fucking idea that was.  After 14 samples that last thing I need was to buy a $9 Long Island Ice Tea.  I started to regret that decision as soon as I watched the bartender pour every bottle from the well into that drink.  You only live once and since the Rapture was coming … why not go out with a bang.

Am I looking into my future ????

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 We are now approaching the end of our evening.   I randomly saw the Kouvas girls leaving the event (great to see them).  You can see AJ’s face of pain from the long island.  On the other hand I was just Laid back and Relaxed (secretly dreading the cab ride back)

Sitting back relaxed drinking that wonderful Long Island ... Its going to be a LOOOONG Morning

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I think for every sip of that Long Island I earned 15 miles of agony for my drive home.  Carla was kind enough to take the wheel.  We left at 9am and that was WAY to early.  It was a great beer weekend.  It was topped off by the fact we had some great friends to go out with.  From the Indians game Friday [Post] to the Beerfest Saturday we got our fill.

Cheers!

- Craig

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3 Responses to Columbus Beerfest Recap and Pics

  1. keller2343 says:

    Love the long island’s at char bar, oddly enough I’ve had a few of them in my day.

  2. Adam says:

    What a classic recap. What a great night. What a horrible decision to drink those long islands.

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