Top Spots: Best breweries in the Columbus area

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — With the growing popularity of craft beer, the Columbus area has seen an explosive growth in the brewery market. We asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite local breweries are, and here’s what they told us:

Columbus Brewing Co.

With Columbus in the name, you know CBC is going to be a viewer favorite. This local brewery is best known for its IPAs and American Pale Ale, but also features some specialty brews, including Sohio Stout, Creeper, Lucy and Thunderlips. Plus, with a restaurant located in the historic Brewery District, you can’t go wrong making this one of your regular stops.

Buckeye Lake Brewery

Buckeye Lake Brewery opened its doors in February 2012, and in the four years since, it has done extremely well. With names like Shovelhead and Bang and Go Back, the drinks pay homage to the Buckeye Lake area and its history.

Four String Brewing Company

Owned by guitarist and brew master Dan Cochran, Four String Brewing operates with one simple premise: Beer, like music, is a lifestyle. Cochran considers brewing an art form, using the simple ingredients of water, malt, hops and yeast to create a masterpiece.

Elevator Brewing Company

With 12 to 13 handcrafted beers on tap at all times, it’s no wonder Elevator is a favorite among NBC4 brewers. The brewery started in an old grain elevator in Marysville and grew from there. Now, both the brewery and restaurant are located in downtown Columbus, serving patrons in the iconic Bott Brothers Building.

Barley’s Brewing Company

Barley’s opened its doors in 1992, making it one of the oldest brewpubs in the area. Barley’s brews are definitely staples, including Barley’s Christmas Ale (due to be tapped on Nov. 11!), AC/BC, Double Dog Dare IPA and many more.

Seventh Son Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a bold beer, Seventh Son is the place for you. From American Strong Ale to Stone Fort Oat Brown Ale to seasonal favorites, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Temperance Row Brewing at Uptown Deli

Located in historic Uptown Westerville, Temperance Brewing pays homage to the history of the Temperance movement in the Dry Capitol of the World. The front part of the establishment is an old world, European-style deli and the back is where the first legal brewery in Westerville resides. Pro top: Check out the history behind some of the beer names. You won’t be disappointed.

Zaftig Brewing

Inspired by other popular craft brewers, Zaftig Brewing has quickly grown into a local favorite. The focus on bold, full bodied beers like Black Perle Stout, Too Cans IPA and Shadow Mistress. Their beer is on tap at several area watering holes or you can bring your growler directly to the brewery to fill up.

Land-Grant Brewing Company

Land-Grant was started by two Ohio State alumni who returned to Columbus to start something all their own. The first incarnation of the Columbus favorite was known as Oval Brewing and funded by a Kickstarter campaign before being reborn in 2014 as Land-Grant in historic Franklinton.

Staas Brewing Company

If you’re looking for a classic beer made with the highest degree of craftsmanship, Staas Brewing is the place for you. Nestled in Delaware, the brewers strive to make the best classic styles instead of becoming increasingly experimental like other craft breweries. They also offer more than 20 seasonal beers in addition to their signature brews. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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