Quick, what’s the definition of zaftig? No fair looking in a dictionary. Give up? It’s a pleasingly plump woman.
The new Zaftig Brewing Co., a nanobrewery in Columbus, hopes to expand that meaning to include full-bodied beer.
“It’s definitely something we want to have fun with,” co-owner Brent Halsey said about the name. “We have done some artwork and designs that centered around that word but definitely in a tasteful manner. We mean it for describing the beer and not for any negative connotations that the word might carry.”
Zaftig recently received its license from the state Division of Liquor Control, and Halsey, Jim Gokenbach and another friend who doesn't want to be named have been “brewing like crazy” on their 15-gallon Blichmann system to build up enough inventory to open its brewery to the public and make their festival debut Feb. 1 at the Grandview High Gravity Hullabaloo.
The goal is to make big beers, Halsey said.
“It’s basically three guys who are good friends that really enjoy craft beer and brewing craft beer,” he said in describing the brewery, which is located just down the street from the Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery. “What better way to spend our time but brewing beer.”
The co-owners all have full-time jobs — in information technology and in logistics. They are looking at their venture as a sort of hobby and will see where it will take them, Halsey said.
Zaftig will focus on providing draft beer to bars and restaurants in the Columbus area, along with offering growler sales and draft at their brewery. The plan is to be open on Saturdays, but a specific opening day hasn’t been set yet.
The brewery will launch with four core beers: Heavy Hearted Amber, Black Perle Stout, Too Cans IPA and Shadow Mistress. Halsey said Shadow Mistress doesn’t fall under any specific beer style.
“It’s probably equal parts of three different styles: IPA, ESB and barleywine,” he said.
Zaftig is happy to join the growing Columbus craft beer scene.
“The fact that you can go somewhere and have an Ohio craft beer takeover, it’s fantastic,” Halsey said. “I’m thoroughly impressed with the variety of beers that the Ohio breweries come up with and the Columbus breweries. And they all provide a pretty unique variety of beers and great selection to choose from.”