My wife Christine loves to brew beer and I love to drink it (well, we both do). She has undertaken several home brewing projects but, while she’s been moderately successful at her attempts, the constraints of trying to make beer in our small house has often proved to be a bit of an inconvenience. The limited volume she’s able to brew, compounded by the fact that we don’t have a lot of storage area to accommodate the logistics of home brewing, has led to a hiatus of several years in her brewing ambitions.
Enter North High Brewing. Our first encounter with this unique brewery occurred during the Downtown Brewery Tour offered by Columbus Brew Adventures. While we were impressed with both their beer and the incredible job they’ve done in renovating the space, Christine was very excited to see that North High Brewing offered a service where people could brew their own beer on premise, using the brewery’s space and equipment. After much anticipation, she finally booked a brewing session this past week and we were both quite pleased with the experience.
The North High Brewing space is split length-wise; half of the establishment is a fully stocked bar (including a line-up of their own beer as well as guest brews on tap), while the other half comprises their Brew on Premise facilities. After perusing several pages of brewing options, Christine went with her one true beer love and chose an IPA; we were then led into the brewing area where our kettle awaited. The brewing area had room for several small groups, each assigned their own kettle, as well as easy access to the bar. (Drinking while brewing, as everyone knows, is half the fun of making your own beer.)
Patrick, the brewer overseeing the brew operation on the day of our visit, provided us with a recipe sheet based on the IPA Christine chose. It listed the measurements and types of ingredients she would need for her beer, as well as time intervals and temperatures for each step. Patrick assisted her through each stage and was available to answer any questions she had thoughout the brewing process.
Once the brewing stage was complete, the wort was transferred (very efficiently via a system of pipes and tubing networking all of the brew kettles to a filling station) into a 15 gallon barrel. When it cooled, yeast was pitched and it was transported to their temperature-controlled storage area in the rear of the brewing facility. When fermentation is complete in a few weeks, we’ll be back to North High Brewing to bottle Christine’s IPA and sample more of their brews on tap, thus completing our Brew on Premise experience.
Brewing one’s own beer at North High Brewing is not only a fun way to spend a few hours with friends, it’s an investment yielding about 140 bottles of beer. The industrial-grade equipment and knowledgeable staff provide a brewing experience that produces a larger volume and more consistent product than is possible in the average household. North High Brewing’s depth of inventory can be tailored to practically any brewing style and their Brew on Premise service will appeal to all home brewers, regardless of experience level.