7020 A Huntley Rd.
Worthington, OH 43229
The real and surprising thing about Columbus’ brewing scene is that there’s such a variety of places that make good brews with virtually no noise or hassle outside of a little local word-of-mouth, and Zaftig Brewing Co. is definitely one of these places. Hidden in an industrial complex in the shadow of, shall we say, one of its larger competitors, this brewery touts a pretty simple taproom with a changing and constantly evolving menu of brews. Don’t let it turn toy around, because when you do find the place you’re certain to be impressed by what you taste.
There are about 20 brews on tap at a time, and plenty worth trying at that. Some of my favorites:
- Mini Bomb Blonde: A milder blonde ale that nonetheless has a nice body and a steady feel at 5%. Good for a starter drink.
- Oktoberfest: A fall option, obviously, this one has that wonderful crisp, malty sense to it that’s just speaks fall. Crisp and clean.
- Nuttin’ 2it Pecan Brown Ale: With a 10% ABV, this is a darker, chewier brown ale than you might be used to, but the pecans add a definite nutty dimension on a deeper timbre that really does resonate well, I think. Best for a finisher beer, this one will take your palette low.
- Juicy Lucy: An American IPA dry-hopped with Rakau and Citra hops with a light and fruity upfront taste but a sweet finish. This one comes nitro sometimes, too, which I highly recommend.
- Hazy Miss Daisy: Another tart New England IPA, this one with Amarillo and Mosiac hops. Popular in the taproom.
- Stand Strong International Women’s Day Beer: This special brew was a one off, but its notable upfront packed a punch. Memorable.
- Alina Pale Ale: A smoother ale with a sturdy body at 6%. Lightly citrus, lightly hoppy, but clean overall.
The taproom is a pretty simple operation, matching the industrial kind of surroundings. I think this one worked really well with a quieter crowd, though it certainly has those moments where it sees a larger crowd.
Columbus has many breweries with many different moods. This one is going to be more of a low key feel at least until its livelier Short North location changes things. But think of it more as a place to enjoy some good deep and strong beers.
- Many beers are now bottled or there are growler options if you prefer. One way or another, convenient to go.
- Flights are the best way to try a few, and there are always a few beers on the menu.
- Plenty of food trucks offer grub. Check the schedule online.