A Cincinnati craft brewery with two taprooms in the Queen City is looking to Ohio's capital for its next location.
Taft's Brewing Co. – which opened Taft's Ale House at 1429 Race St. in Over-the-Rhine in 2015 and Taft's Brewporium at 4831 Spring Grove Ave. in Spring Grove Village in 2017 – is opening a third location, taking its Cincinnati-made beer and New Haven-style pizza to Columbus later this year.
Taft's is opening a Brewporium at the Gravity development in the Columbus neighborhood of Franklinton. It's expected to debut by November.
"Craft beer gets a boost from being local – everyone loves local," Taft's managing partner David Kassling told me. "I don't think Columbus sees us as an outside beer. The Taft name travels well there."
Taft's Brewing Co., named for the Cincinnati-born president, is taking 5,800-square-feet at the $68 million mixed-use development, which houses 234 apartments, 50,000 square feet of offices and 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The brewery signed a 10-year lease for the space and has been distributing to the area in the past.
It's joining tenants like the Roosevelt Coffeehouse, Cova Cowork and Pelotonia.
Gravity got on the radar of Taft's Brewing Co. through one of its investors, who recently relocated to the Columbus region and is involved in the real estate industry there. The expansion was made possible by the 2017 opening of the original Brewporium, which increased Taft's brewing capacity.
The Columbus Brewporium will serve New Haven-style pizza with a thin crust that's crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Most of the beer served there will be brewed in Cincinnati, but there will be a brewing element in Columbus. Kassling said Taft's will do more outside-the-box styles in Columbus, like sours and barrel-aged brews.
Taft's Brewing Co. is best known for its two flagship beers: its Gavel Banger IPA named for William Howard Taft's service as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and Nellie's Key Lime Caribbean Ale named for Taft's wife.
The Cincinnati brewery is finalizing the design of the Columbus Brewporium, but it will borrow Victorian elements from its sibling brewery in Over-the-Rhine, which was constructed inside of a church that was originally built in the 1850s. It will also include warehouse chic elements like the original Brewporium in Spring Grove Village. Kassling describes the design as classic with elements of modern.
The Columbus Brewporium will have a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio space that will house games like darts, shuffle puck, giant Jenga and skee-ball, among others. The outdoor space will be utilized for events like dog yoga as well.
"Franklinton is an up-and-coming arts district, it has so many similarities to Over-the-Rhine," Kassling said.
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