41 Depot St.
Powell, OH 43065
Powell is kind of the best of both worlds as far as towns go; sitting on the edge of the Columbus metropolitan area, it’s got the benefit of a major city nearby, while still largely enjoying the feel of a small and family-friendly town. So there are quite a few young families hanging around and that means creative places to host them. Kind of with the feel of a farmhouse, Moth-themed Nocterra Brewing has a lot of outdoor space for a versatile host of events. But the best way to experience the place is on a lazy summer day with a cool beer on the porch.
There’s draft list of about a dozen beers that frequently rotate with the seasons. I like many of these beers:
- Beta Flash New England IPA: This one is light but spry, and a good lighter first taste in a good flight.
- Scioto Coast Double IPA: The brewery boasts this one is made with a ton of honey. It’s a steady and smooth drink but that 8.9 ABV sneaks up on you from the resultant sweetness.
- Tree Well: This IPA has an assertive, strong pine flavor that comes from – you guessed it – pounds of hand-picked pine needles. Goes will with the bitter.
- Hawaiian Swell Line: A good take on a gose that has a bright and forward mango and passion fruit. Probably more of an acquired taste, not my favorite.
- Tahitian Swell Line: The bitter gose variety here has a few variations, this one being a great summer jam with guava and strawberry. Fruit is a bright part of it.
- Onsight New England IPA: This very hazy IPA has a hint, but just a bit, of fruit on the aroma, but it’s much more bitter than sniff reveals.
- The Great Stoutdoors: This brew has all of the flavors of a stout in one, with a forward coffee flavor that melds into a chocolate taste and a bit more of a caramel afterward.
- Makulu: Evoking a tiki coctail, this bright and fruity brew has a sour bite at the end.
- Noctoberfest: The mild, crispness of this brew makes it that much more desirable. Great for the fall.
- Brittberry: Blueberry and sour are the themes for this lighter summer beer. Great for a warm night.
The bar has a very open, comfortable feeling that tends to draw a steady crowd during the day, especially in warm weather, lots of families with kids who want a little roaming area while enjoying company. In the evenings the bar morphs more into a traditional watering hole, with people wandering in and talking beer, sports and the like.
Powell’s got an attraction that makes it both a place for residents to gain a semblance of small-town peace while city dwellers come out to unwind. The kind of brewery they meet matters, and in this case, the farmhouse feel and creative brews definitely make Nocterra an attractive destination.
- Flights are the best way to try some of these unusual brews. There are bigger ones, too, of more than five beers intended or a few people.
- Great when the weather’s good for some time outdoors.
- The bar welcomes food deliveries though it doesn’t serve its own food.