Traveling the Columbus Ale Trail – Part 6 and The End

April 28, 2017

This is part six of our Columbus Ale Trail journey. Sorry, part of part six. It’s been my goal to visit all 28 stops on Ale Trail volume two; you can read parts one, twothreefour, and five.

However, volume two wraps up… in two days. As of this writing, I’ve made it to 22 out of the 28, and to be honest… I don’t know if I’ll make it.

But that’s okay. And if you’re still traveling the trail, you have until this Sunday, April 30 to finish the stops and collect the prize. You can do it! On to my last two stops…

Part six starts at Smokehouse Brewing, where we stopped for beers and snacks on my birthday. We sampled our way through a lot of malty goodness, like stouts, winter warmers, Robert Burns Scottish Export, and bourbon-barrel versions of them.

Not pictured are the plates of fried calamari and smoked wings. If you’re not familiar with Smokehouse, it’s well, a smokehouse, and they serve up great barbecue: wings, ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, sauerkraut balls, and more.

And then there’s the Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus, a beautiful old restaurant space that we’ve been going to since we first moved to Columbus.

Their building dates back over 100 years, and it started as a billiard hall. There are still pool tables at the back. I love the long bar, the tile floor, the lighting, and many other details. I’m also very partial to the fish and chips.

I sipped a Big Vic imperial IPA on this visit. Elevator actually has two stops on the Ale Trail: one for the restaurant and one for the 13th Floor Taproom located in the brewery itself a couple blocks away.

I have a lot of fond memories of the Elevator. We used to stop there a lot for dessert and drinks when we were graduate students. I’ve actually earned two MBAs – Masters of Beer Appreciation – from the Elevator (and I have the diplomas to prove it). To get the MBA, you get a card and then come in every month to order a pint of the specialty beer.

This is the last pint of the Ale Trail. Twenty-two down. Six left to go.

To recap, here’s where I’ve been:
Part 1: Zaftig, Rockmill, Four String (production facility), Sideswipe
Part 2: Kindred, Seventh Son, Staas, Restoration Brew Worx
Part 3: Wolf’s Ridge, North High, Temperance Row, Land-Grant
Part 4: Elevator (taproom), Zauber, Lineage, Ill Mannered
Part 5: Four String (taproom), Actual, Pigskin, Barley’s
Part 6: Smokehouse, Elevator

And here’s what I have to finish:
Buckeye Lake Brewing
Homestead Beer Co.
Brew Brothers
Gordon Biersch
Hofbrauhaus
Knotty Pine Brewing

Disappointing, yes… but you know, Columbus Ale Trail volume three starts in a couple weeks… And there are 37 stops this year!

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