I told you previously what I was looking forward to about coming home, which included catching up with friends and drinking a good IPA.
Years ago at one of my previous consulting assignments, we used to have happy hours at Elevator Brewery & Draught House. When I found out the same crew would be getting together there while I was visiting home, I decided to surprise everyone.
It was so fun to see the surprised looks as people walked in.
I have always loved happy hours at the restaurant because you get excellent beer at half price. They have pool tables in the back. And if you want to stick around for dinner, the food is great.
The building itself is really cool. It was originally built in 1897 and was restored close to the original after prohibition. There is a long, beautiful mahogany bar. And I love the stained glass and the decorative ceiling.
I have always wanted to tour the brewery because I really enjoy the beer. The brewery is only a few blocks from the restaurant, so my friend arranged for me to visit while I was in Columbus.
I got to watch, learn, smell, and taste while they brewed my favorite type of beer, the IPA.
The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the sweet smell.
The barley goes in the crusher and gets piped into the Mash Tun and mixed with water. The hot water activates the enzymes and converts the starches to sugars. The liquid recycles through the Mash Tun from the bottom back into the top.
Next the mixture gets pumped over to the brew kettle where it is brought to a boil, and all of the good stuff is added.
Brewing takes about 5-6 hours per batch. Then it is pumped into one of nine fermenters where the yeast is added.
Pay the Taxes
Of course, the government has to take its cut with the federal excise tax. It happens before it even goes out the door using the Tax Determination Tank.
At the Elevator, they can bottle 6 at a time, which is about 6 cases a minute.
The Elevator self-distributes their beer. They are up to about 3000 barrels a year (2 kegs per barrel).
Three Frogs IPA
While I watched the IPA brewing, I sampled a freshly bottled one. Delicious!
‘Tis the Season
An Oktoberfest freshly poured from the fermenter.
Don’t forget to get the Oktoberfest (one of my favorites) while it’s available.
My other favorites are the Mogabi Imperial IPA and the Buckeye Red.
Special thanks to Vic, Mark, and Wynn for showing me around.
The good news is that if you live in Ohio, Elevator Brewing is expanding their distribution within the state.
The bad news is that they have not expanded outside of the state yet (but I’m hoping they’ll get there soon). So if you pass through Ohio, be sure to sample some Elevator handcrafted beers.