Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping Along the Ale Trail in Columbus

Just as we couldn’t resist exploring the Coffee Trail and the Made in CBUS Trail while we were in Columbus, Ohio, we also couldn’t pass up the chance to delve into the Ale Trail. All three of these trails are based on a similar concept—each one has a passport booklet that encourages you to explore and visit the local establishments listed inside. You pick up a passport at any of the participating businesses, and it makes a great guide to finding some of the best spots in the city.

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

The 2017 edition of the Ale Trail includes 37 breweries. Each time you visit a new brewery in the book, you can collect a stamp with your beer purchase to earn prizes along the way. Whenever you reach a certain number of stamps (at 4, 11, 18, 25 and 32 breweries), you will earn a Columbus Ale Trail tasting glass. If you visit all 37 Ale Trail breweries, you get a locally produced reclaimed wood flight tray that holds your five tasting glasses. For those that have ample amounts of time in Columbus, it definitely makes visiting all of the breweries a fun challenge!

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

During our visit to Columbus, we made it to four different breweries. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time to check out all 37 breweries in four days, so we had to settle for only visiting a few. But, as luck would have it, we have a friend who lives in Columbus, and she volunteered to show us two of her favorite breweries from the Ale Trail. It’s always great to have recommendations from a local, and it was so nice to catch up with a friend that we haven’t seen in way too long!

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

While we enjoyed all of the beers we tasted during the trip, we are certainly not beer connoisseurs, so we won’t get into beer specifics. We will leave the actual beer talk to the pro’s, but here’s a bit more information (and photos!) about the four breweries that we visited.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing

We had heard from several people that Wolf’s Ridge Brewing was a place we just had to stop at when we were in town. Both the beer and the food get rave reviews, so who are we to pass up on that—am I right? After a busy day exploring Columbus, we made our way to Wolf’s Ridge Brewing for some food and drinks. They serve food in both their dining room and tap room, and the menus are American-inspired items made with seasonal ingredients. Both menus looked fantastic to us, but we were feeling like a more casual dining atmosphere so we decided to pop into the tap room for some snacks. We ordered the chicken drumsticks and garlic french fries to share, and they were absolutely delicious and the perfect complement to our brews.

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is a family owned brewery located in downtown Columbus. In addition to live music on Sundays, daily happy hour, and over 20 beers rotating on tap, the brewery also offers free tours and a variety of beer education classes, such as Beer 101 and Sensory Analysis. I’d love to join in on a sensory analysis class next time we are in town—it sounds like a fun way to learn more about the nuances of beer!

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Elevator Brewing Co.

On the way back to our hotel after visiting Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, we passed 13th Floor Taproom at Elevator Brewing Co. and decided we just had to make a stop. This brewery was completely different from the one we just left. The 13th Floor Taproom is located inside of Elevator Brewing Co.’s brewery and has more of a garage vibe going on. It was a wide-open space with several tables, video games, a shuffleboard table, and a giant map with pins placed from visitors around the world. I always love maps like that—it’s so neat to see how people from near and far all make it to the same spot. We arrived just a half hour before they closed, so we didn’t linger very long, but it was a fun stop to try on a whim and we were glad we made our way there.

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Elevator Brewing Co. was started in 1999, which means it was one of the original craft breweries in Columbus. They got their name because they originally started brewing beer inside of an old grain elevator. Their beer has won many awards over the years, and it is sold at retailers throughout Ohio, in the taproom where we stopped, and at the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus. The Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus is located just a couple of blocks from the taproom in an old historic bar and restaurant. At this location, you can order food and play games such as pool or darts. I wish we would have had enough time to check out both locations—especially since they are so close to each other!

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Land-Grant Brewing Co.

Land-Grant Brewing Co. was located about a 15-minute walk from our hotel, and it was the first stop we made with our friend, Jess. I loved the style of this brewery; the brewery and taproom were built inside of a historic factory in the Franklinton neighborhood and you can often find the hottest sporting event on the TV’s throughout the brewery. The taproom has a large open layout and there is a fantastic patio outside.

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Land-Grant opened its doors in 2014, so it is a fairly new brewery, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in quality. In fact, I’d have to say they had some of our favorite brews from the trip! Land-Grant hosts a rotating selection of food trucks, so you can still get your snack on even though they don’t have an on-site restaurant. They also offer tours of the brewery and building on Saturdays if you would like to get a peek behind the scenes. Land-Grant has a great set up if you are heading out with a group of friends; the large communal tables create a welcoming atmosphere for groups of all sizes.

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Lineage Brewing

After Land-Grant Brewing Co. we decided to visit one more brewery for the evening. Jess suggested one of her favorites, Lineage Brewing, and we happily agreed to stop there. While all of the other breweries were walking distance from our downtown hotel, this one was a bit farther away and required a short drive to the Clintonville neighborhood. It was definitely worth the short trek to get there though. Inside of Lineage Brewing, it felt more like a cute and trendy café rather than a brewery. But, that’s not a bad thing! It is absolutely adorable and I fell in love with the décor.

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Lineage Brewing started out as a homebrew and eventually grew into the brewpub that it is today. They grow their own hops and have honed their skills to serve some of the best brews in the city. Lineage Brewing also has a menu with fresh seasonal ingredients—we didn’t have a chance to eat there, but the food certainly looked delicious! The building that the brewery is located in now used to be a car wash, and the garage doors are still in play. On nice evenings, they open the garage doors to create airflow and atmosphere throughout the brewery. There is seating both inside and outside, and if you’d like to bring a pet along, they are free to enjoy the patio with you!

Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

With so many breweries located in the city of Columbus, you really are spoiled for choice. There are great options to pick from in every direction, and we hope to check out even more on our next visit to Columbus!


We visited Columbus as part of a video project campaign. Special thanks to Travel Mindset and Experience Columbus for hosting us on our adventures through the city. As always, all opinions are our own.

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Brewery Hopping, Ale Trail Columbus, Ohio

Brewery Hopping on the Ale Trail in Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • Meagan
    Posted at 18:54h, 14 October Reply

    I LOVE it when places come up with cool things like the Ale Trail passport! And it looks like you guys had an amazingly delicious time. Our beer scene is growing in Richmond, VA, so it’s really neat to see what it might end up becoming 🙂
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  • anto
    Posted at 22:44h, 14 October Reply

    This idea kind of reminds me of the American National Parks passport, I was visiting a secluded NP in Alaska a few months ago and then the ranger said ‘do you want your passport stamped’ and I said ‘sure!’ and gave him my real passport, only to find out about this NP passport then. Haha. Anyway, am not much of a beer fan to be honest but the food along with it looks awesome 🙂

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 06:00h, 20 October Reply

      Yeah it is similar to the national parks passport! We still need to pick one of those up–too bad we didn’t start that sooner! And I love that story about trying to get your real passport stamped, lol, too funny! 🙂
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  • Anne Slater-Brooks
    Posted at 02:06h, 15 October Reply

    I love the idea of an ale trail. Back home, we call it a pub crawl which is generally a very messy affair. At least with the little passport, you will not forget where you have been!

  • Medha Verma
    Posted at 05:04h, 15 October Reply

    I like the idea of collecting stamps, so cool! I don’t like beer but my husband is a fan and I am sure this ale trail is something he would enjoy doing!

  • francesca murray
    Posted at 15:41h, 15 October Reply

    Whhhaat? You didn’t visit all 37 breweries when you had four whole days? For shame!

    Hahaha, I’m kidding! This is a really cool concept, there is a similar one in Santa Barbara actually. They call it the Funk Zone and there are several wineries within close proximity to each other. I only visited one in two days!

    Wolf’s Ridge seems like my type of place! I love happy hour and live music… and the food looks delicious! The beer education classes sound pretty cool too.
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  • Kirstie Saldo
    Posted at 07:49h, 16 October Reply

    This list is amazing. Wolf’s Ridge Brewing took my interest. I get that the tours are free, but, Beer 101 and sensory classes comes with a fee or is it for free? 🙂

  • Penny Sadler
    Posted at 11:14h, 16 October Reply

    I’m not a big fan of ale (wine, yes!), but I can see the charm in following an ale trail and checking off each brewery. I would love to check out Wolf’s Ridge Brewing since I’m sure I can benefit from Beer 101! The inside of Lineage Brewing seems more like a cafe but I see why it’s worth visiting.

  • Kiyoko
    Posted at 16:56h, 16 October Reply

    This kind of thing seems to be growing. Or maybe it’s just an Ohio thing? I have a lot of friends who live in the Akron, Ohio area who were telling me that they did something very similar. They had the little booklet and that listed several places that they could go explore. While I’m not a big alcohol drinker, I think it’s a fantastic way to get people out and about exploring an area, and having some fun along the way!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 05:47h, 20 October Reply

      I had never heard of it before, but that’s really cool that Akron is doing something similar! I love the idea and agree that it’s such a great way to explore 🙂 They also have a coffee trail and another one for local shops that you can check out if you aren’t a beer fan!
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  • terra
    Posted at 09:05h, 17 October Reply

    Love this! Would never have thought of Columbus as having such a solid craft beer scene, but I’m really glad to know that it does!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 23:30h, 17 October Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this post about the Ale Trail Passport – what an awesome idea! I would love to visit the 37 breweries, sample local brews, and collect stamps and rewards along the way.

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