Columbus Brewing Co. won the people's choice award Saturday night at the Heavyweight Brewer's Brawl at Fat Head's Brewery and Saloon in North Olmsted. The winning beer was Barrel Aged Uncle Rusty with Madagascar vanilla beans. Unfortunately, the beer was made just for special events and there isn't enough available to be sold to the public, so you won't find it at bars and restaurants.
Meanwhile, Columbus plans to launch its bottled beers in the Cleveland market in mid-July. The brewery is installing four 60-barrel fermenters that will accommodate the expansion. Columbus began selling its beer on draft in the Cleveland market earlier this year. Owner and brewer Eric Bean said that the fermenters hopefully will arrive and be installed next Friday.