The Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus will offer something different this year as part of its PhD (Professor of Hearty Drinking) Program -- 12 herbal beers.
Elevator owner Dick Stevens came up with the idea after assistant brewer Mark Beery shared the book Sacred and Healing Herbal Beers and expressed an interest in brewing some of the recipes.
Each PhD beer -- a new one each month -- will be made in limited edition, small batches at the restaurant on North High Street in Columbus. The first released this month is Juniper Ale. Others will include: Rosemary Porter, Cardamom Seed Ale, Mugwort Ale, Palm Sap Porter, Heather Ale, Chicory Ale, Coriander IPA, Elderberry Ale and Barrel Aged Peppermint Stout.
Beery selected the recipes to create beers not available on the market, a news release says.
The PhD Program was started after the popularity of Elevator's MBA (Masters of Beer Appreciation) Program, which involved people receiving a "master's degree" for drinking a pint each month of a specially made beer.
"After a number of customers at the brewpub mentioned having already earned six or seven MBA degrees and expressed an interest in continuing the beer education program, we started to offer the PhD Program," Stevens said in a prepared statement.
Elevator, which operates a brewpub, production brewery and tasting room, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.