North High Brewing

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North High Brewing

1288 N High St
Columbus, OH

North High BrewingOn game day in Columbus, the best plan is probably just to start in the bustling Short North neighborhood and proceed directly down High St to the stadium. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200. Well, actually, you should stop for a few pints along the way to wet your whistle.

We started at Pies & Pints for a couple of… well, you can imagine. I couldn’t resist a grape & gorgonzola pizza with added chicken and arugula, plus a few ales from local breweries like Wolf’s Ridge. It was a chilly, blustery October weekend – at least for us Texans – so we were reluctant to pack it up and be on our way, but our intrepid livers urged us on towards our ultimate destination: the Big Bar across the street from the Ohio State campus. We had scoped it out the day before, classic college-town macro-beer and jager-bomb sports atmosphere, with precious little in the way of craft.

North High BrewhouseOffering a respite from the cold was the warm and inviting North High Brewing, who would have you believe the street was named for them, rather than the reverse. It was certainly impressive enough a venue to justify the claim, with some powerful beers coming from a rather small brewhouse. TV’s behind the kettles and more in the full bar out front makes it a perfect pre-game stop to keep warm and catch other match-ups on the schedule. On game day it’s a marathon more than a sprint, so I kept it relatively light with the Pale and Citra Session ales, both excellent, but particularly the session, with a robust citrus aroma yet a lithe body that didn’t feel like an IPA with its soul removed.

We could have whiled away the afternoon, but the stadium beckoned. North High felt small enough that everyone might know your name, but their beers confidently punched above their weight. A must-stop in Columbus.

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