It's not yet open to the public, but Outerbelt Brewing Co
(Carroll, Ohio, USA) is already distributing to local bars and restaurants in the greater Columbus area. I had the pleasure of previewing the brewery and taproom while still under construction. The public opening is fast approaching in the April 2019 time frame, and it will be worth the short drive from Columbus.
|Brewers Dan Griffin and Dom Kirchgessner|
Head brewer/minority owner Dan Griffin and brewer Dominic Kirchgessner showed me around on a recent afternoon and allowed me to taste some of their creations. Dan has been brewing professionally for several years, most recently at Gordon Biersch Columbus
. Dom honed his brewing skills at Columbus' Sideswipe Brewing Co
, where I visit frequently. The connection to Sideswipe led me to check out Outerbelt.
The building is massive and 12,000 sq ft will go to the brewery, housing a 6,000 sq ft taproom, a 30 bbl brew house, special event space and a large 3+ seasons covered patio. The plan is for the bar to be full-service, and guests can dine on offerings from a variety of food trucks. It will be a fun, new brewery option in Fairfield County, which is quickly becoming a major craft beer destination.
|Looking toward the future brew house|
|When that road opens, it will lead to a bar (event space is framed in, upper right)|
|This old warehouse isn't much to look at yet, but we'll see a transformation in a couple months|
I was impressed by the beers that Dan and Dom are already brewing on their pilot 3.5 bbl system. There's a very solid Outerbelt IPA; a hibiscus IPA called Hillbilly Knife Fight, which is a collaboration with Sideswipe; Cloverleaf, a dry Irish stout; and my favorite: Morning Commute, a brown ale brewed with local coffee.
|Tasting my Morning Commute coffee brown ale from the temporary kegerator|
|Kegging Hillbilly Knife Fight Hibiscus IPA for local distribution from the pilot system fermenters|
I'll have additional details and photos to share about Outerbelt after their grand opening. There's more to learn about the brewery's backstory and the great things that Dan and Dom will be brewing up soon.
Find the Beer
Do you want to know where to find Outerbelt Brewing Co beers? Check out the brewery's listing on Untappd
. Better yet, download the Untappd app to your smartphone and discover more beers and breweries. Imagine my delight at finding Morning Commute on tap at my local neighborhood pub just a few days after visiting the brewery.
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