- The door to Upland's newest venture in Columbus, Ind.
Going South on US-31 to Bargersville we caught a day of Indiana Mobile Canning at Taxman. We also learned about Taxman’s plans for another appearance at DigIN's Taste of Indiana on Aug. 31 at Military Park (an extension of co-owner Leah Huelsbusch’s participation with Slow Food Indy) and inspected Taxman’s re-use of Bargersville’s old Fire Station 201. It’s a perfect fit for Taxman’s cooler storage and barrel rooms for sours and regular barrel-aging lineup.
On to Nashville via scenic SR-135, we detoured to the newly enlarged Brown County Art Center before stopping first at Big Woods in downtown and then at the Quaff ON! Brewery to say hello to Shane Hedrick, head of operations, and his brewing team. We also did a look around at the old motel gaining re-use as office and storage space for Big Woods/Quaff ON!
Nevertheless, Big Woods is honoring the contract Three Pints had with Big Red, prior to Three Pints closing. “We’re brewing and canning Three Pints’ Honey Ale under their brand as a commitment for summer marketing on their behalf,” offered Hedrick, when we asked how things were playing out with Big Woods having stepped forward to assist Three Pints.
If the outside earns praise, the inside garners accolades. Better experienced than described, I’ll simply suggest you go there. It’s all in attention to details for a welcoming ambience. “It’s solid, yet gives a feeling of airy light,” remarked one guest. We met up with ZwanzigZ brewer Mike Rybinksi and owners Lisa and Kurt Zwanzig and learned ZwanzigZ in Columbus (like Thr3e Wise Men in Broad Ripple) can home deliver their beers along with orders of pizza. We chatted with Jon Myers, founder/brewer of Powerhouse Brewing Company at Columbus Bar, celebrating its 10th anniversary as the first brewpub in Columbus and Bartholomew County. Stop in all of July for specials at the downtown brewpub and learn how to enjoy a visit with brewer Ritch Mettart at the Powerhouse production brewery.
We also caught up with Terry Miller, founder/brewer of Twisted Crew Brewing Company, in Seymour. He quickly reminded us it’s “the first and only microbrewery in Jackson County,” where eight beers are on tap at any one time with fetching names you don’t want to miss.
More to follow on how Columbus has grown into a craft beer destination.