traveling the rt. 33 brew trail

This summer, Jacob and I got to take a ride on the Route 33 Brew Trail. Located just south of Columbus, this Brew Trail features six craft breweries. The featured breweries are Combustion Brewery and Taproom, BrewDog DogTap, Rockmill Brewery, Loose Rail Brewing, Double Edge Brewing, and Brewery 33 Hocking Hills.

When we went on the trail, it also happened to be Lancaster BrewFest. So we experienced an incredibly beer-filled weekend! We tried to be as #responsible as possible during our trip, and were hosted at the Holiday Inn in Lancaster. We also tried to Uber places (again, #responsible), but had NO clue that there is NO UBER in Lancaster, OH. Oh, and there is only ONE LYFT DRIVER. His name is Barry and it was actually hilarious. Barry took us to BeerFest and then picked us up a few hours later LOL. Keep scrollin’ to see all of the great beer and great fun that we had!


Combustion Brewery and Taproom

Beer Flight from Combustion Brewing

Beer Flight from Combustion Brewing

Bar at Combustion Brewing

Bar at Combustion Brewing

 

First up, we stopped at Combustion Brewery and Taproom located in Pickerington, OH. They are focused on creating fresh, balanced, quality craft beer. My favorite beer was the Picktown Cider, and Jacob loved the Breakfast stout. We had other plans for lunch, so we just stuck with beer, but we sat at the bar right next to where they make the food and everything smelled amazing! I can’t wait to go back to try a double decker grilled cheese (bc duh)!

 

Double Edge Brewing Company

Beer Flight from Double Edge Brewery

Beer Flight from Double Edge Brewery

 

Our next stop on the trail was the Double Edge Brewery. Located in the heart of historic downtown Lancaster, this cute brewery was super cozy. We went in the summer, so the draughts have changed, but we loved the Macchiato. It had a great coffee flavor and it was super smooth. Luckily, Double Edge was a short walk away from our next stop, Lancaster BrewFest!

 

Lancaster BrewFest

Two of beers from Landgrant Brewery

Two of beers from Landgrant Brewery

Enjoying BeerFest in my SICK @midwest_foodfest jacket from Abercrombie

Enjoying BeerFest in my SICK @midwest_foodfest jacket from Abercrombie

The end of our first night on the Route 33 Brew Trail was topped off at Lancaster BrewFest. The 2018 BrewFest was the 5th Anniversary. If you’ve ever been to Columbus BeerFest and felt overwhelmed, you should check out the Lancaster version next summer! It is a much smaller venue, but there is still plenty of beer. The event was located in a park downtown and had live music and delish food trucks. I also looked really awesome reppin’ my instagram @midwest_foodfest in my customized jean jacket from The Abercrombie A&F Challenge. After enjoying live music, lots of beer, and food, we hit up our BFF Lyft Driver, Barry, and he took us back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep!

 

Rockmill Brewery

Beer flight from Rockmill Brewery

Beer flight from Rockmill Brewery

Brisket, beans, and mac & cheese from Backcountry BBQ

Brisket, beans, and mac & cheese from Backcountry BBQ

 

The next day, we went to Rockmill Brewery. If you’ve never been to Rockmill, I suggest going there the next warm weekend that pops up here in Columbus. Located just outside of downtown Lancaster and a short drive from Columbus, Rockmill’s Brewery is situated on a beautiful property with a gorgeous house/taproom and a cute pond. It’s the perfect, peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of the breweries in the city. Before you go, be sure to check on their website to see if the Backcountry BBQ trailer will be there, because it’s the best barbecue that I’ve ever had. NO JOKE. They pride themselves on being 100% hardwood-smoked, traditional pit barbecue, slow cooked for 14 hours over a live fire and served fresh every day. It’s 100% worth the drive!

 

BrewDog: DogTap Columbus

Giant face-sized pretzel

Giant face-sized pretzel

If you didn’t know, BrewDog is actually a Scottish Brewery!

If you didn’t know, BrewDog is actually a Scottish Brewery!

Beer flight from BrewDog

Beer flight from BrewDog

The gorgeous DogTap site

The gorgeous DogTap site

 

Our last stop on the Brew Trail was DogTap Columbus in Canal Winchester. Another stop that is 100% worth the drive. The site itself is GINORMOUS and it now has a Beer Museum, and a Beer HOTEL. The Tap Room is spacious, funky, and is even stocked with games to entertain you while you drink and eat! We are so lucky that BrewDog chose to start up in Columbus. They have two other locations (one in the Short North and one in Franklinton) that each have their own unique vibes.

The Brew Trail was so much fun and Jacob and I enjoyed every minute of it! Although we didn’t stop everywhere, we still had a blast and explored new places. Thank you so much to the Rt. 33 Brew Trail for hosting us throughout the weekend!

Jordan A