Man Trip 2015 was upon us, and Columbus, Ohio has an entire neighborhood called the Brewery District, around the corner from the classic Thurman Cafe. This was our kind of town. We used to rent a car on these trips, but in recent years, walking and Ubers have left more room in our wallets. So we checked into our hotel just off 315, which follows the Olentangy River, threw our bags down and walked a couple of blocks over to Zauber Brewing.
It’s funny how weather figures so prominently in our recollections of these football trips, if only subconsciously. Well, subconsciously until we discovered the bias. If you asked us to rank our favorite trips over the years, we’d probably put Madison close to the top, followed closely by Athens. But then we realized – wait, those were beautiful, cool fall days with the sun shining bright, the atmosphere electric with college football anticipation. Columbus was already insinuating itself in the Top 3.
There were already a few Buckeyes soaking up rays on the patio as we headed inside to order. Sort of a warehouse-chic interior, clean lines, exposed rafters and ventilation, soccer scarves hanging on the wall (they open early for MLS and EPL matches), and a coffee shop nestled in the corner. I went straight for the a Belgian IPA called Berzerker before grabbing a seat outside, enjoying the bright hop bitterness tempered by a smooth finish courtesy of the Belgian yeast. Never one to sample beer in any discernible order, I next tried the nitro Portergeist, a silky, dark, yet surprisingly nimble-bodied ale, then gradually dialed back the roasted malt on subsequent orders, with the Myopic Red ale and finally the Buxom Blonde.
Zauber regularly features other local brews alongside their own, and boasts a full bar if you want something a little stronger. Great spot on a beautiful afternoon before heading over to Local Cantina, a spot for artisanal tacos and more craft beer. We’d have loved to linger, but there were more beers to be had.