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Columbus, OH’s Microbrew Festival

The eighth annual Columbus Microbrew Festival will be held at North Market on Friday, September 13th and last through Sunday, September 15th. Join area microbreweries and sample some of the finest ales around as representatives from each company answer your questions about the brewing process. While there, enjoy live music from local bands and a fresh meal prepared by area food merchants. Admission to the event is free, however tasting admission is $20 and includes a souvenir pint glass to take home.

Microbrew Festival in Columbus OH
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Columbus Microbrew Festival Details

  • When: September 13th through the 15th from 5-10 PM on Friday, Noon-9 PM on Saturday and Noon-5 PM on Sunday.
  • Where: North Market 59 Spruce Street in Columbus.
  • Phone: (614) 463-9664
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  • Admission: Free, however a Beer Tasting ticket is $20 per person

The History of the Columbus Microbrew Festival

The very first brewed craft beer festival in Ohio was held indoors at North Market in 2006 and featured samples from six Columbus area brewers. Each year, the event has added two or more local breweries to the line up and in 2012 the number of breweries featured moved up to 20, causing the festival to move the event outdoors to Space Street. As interest continues to grow on the subject of microbrewing, more visitors from Columbus and surrounding areas attend the festival each year. The presenters, Heartland Bank, and other sponsors for this annual event are expecting the number of visitors to grow once again this year.

What Local Breweries Will Be Featured This Year?

This year some of the Columbus microbreweries participating in the event include:

  • Barley’s Brewing Company
  • Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub
  • Columbus Brewing Company
  • Elevator Brewing Company
  • Four String Brewing Company
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
  • North High Brewing

Sponsors for the event include Heartland Bank, Columbus Alive, Heidelberg Distributing, Superior Beverage Group and Yelp Columbus.

What Different Activities will be Held?

Each night the Columbus Microbrew Festival will present special activities for visitors. On Friday night, guests can enjoy tasting some of the finest microbrews around starting at 5 p.m. on Spruce Street. Live music will be provided by Ian Hummel, The Drowsy Lads, and Colin Gawel.

On Saturday, spend the entire day at North Market and enjoy other attractions from local merchants and farmers. Live Music begins at 9 a.m. followed by face painting at 11 a.m. The microbrew tasting begins at noon with more live music performed by local artists such as The Shaw Brothers, Miss Molly Winters, Island Breeze, Elijah Aaron, Cowboy Hillbilly Hippie Folk, and Ian Hummel. At 8 p.m., DJ George Brazil will perform on the Spruce Street stage.

On Sunday, tasting begins at noon accompanied by live music from Joey Hebdo, Steve Harper and Derek DiCenzo. There will also be a Mark Wood Fun Show and afternoon entertainment provided by The Phlatt Rascal and Willie Phoenix.

The Market building will feature food from local merchants during all hours of the event. For more information about the Columbus Microbrew Festival and how you can include your own microbrew company in tasting festivities, you can call (614) 463-9664 for more information or visit the North Market website.

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