History/Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Hops And History Combine In Columbus

15 Jul , 2019  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of the Mansfield area. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Delaware County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Today we look a bit to the past while celebrating the tates of summer.It’s not always the case, but it’s not unusual that when lovers of old architecture and history congregate, some “liquid refreshment” is close at hand. Such is the case in the coming weeks in Ohio’s Capital City. Two different opportunities exist to take the short jaunt to Columbus for some opportunities to experience the past in a unique way.

On July 23, it’s the traditional Back Alley Tavern Tour.

The question is asked – which came first—the street or the alley? Alleys were once a dumping ground, but what a difference 100 years makes! Downtown alleys have special uses, regulations, design, and charm within the urban fabric. In addition to maintaining the pedestrian scale of architecture, they are home to innovative uses, little known histories, and charming watering holes.

Drinks are on your own tab on this walking tavern tour where we’ll wind our way to three establishments. We’ll provide a few snacks and sparkling narration along the way.

The fun takes place between 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM, and the cost is just $20 to $25. Online tickets are available here.

Then, on August 1 at 5:30 PM, the historic Hoster Brewery, 477 South Front Street (pictured), hosts “Buildings Reborn ’19.”

Tickets to this event include:

  • One complimentary flight from craft beer sponsors Seventh Son and Antiques on High
  • Local eats
  • Adventuresome tours from Columbus Landmarks experts.
  • Craft beer at historic Hoster Brewery site— Ohio’s largest pre-Prohibition brewery
  • Live musicat a street partyin adjacent Ludlow Alley
  • A tour of of the massive, raw, pre-redevelopment Hoster siteincluding deep vaults and original Brewmaster’s tasting room
  • The opportunity to talk beer past, present and futurewith Columbus Business First News and Brews; brew guru Curtis Schieber, author of Columbus Beer: Recent Brewing and Deep Roots; and Jay Hoster, the great great grandson of Louis Hoster, founder of the 1836 historic brewery
  • A cash bar for wine/beer with special PRE-PROHIBITION PRICES

Tickets are just $20 and $25, though ticket “six-packs” are sold-out! More details here.

Both events are sponsored by Columbus Landmarks, the city’s non-profit organization promoting education and advocacy for Columbus’ past and present quality architecture.

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