Zauber Brewing Co. opened its new taproom, gift shop and growler station Saturday (Jan. 4) in Columbus. The bar has seating for about 100 people.
“As soon as we kicked the door open, the room filled,” owner and brewer Geoff Towne said. “We really did great right out of the gate.”
Zauber has 14 taps in the bar and another 12 dedicated to growler sales in its gift shop, which also sells “our knick-knack stuff like T-shirts and sweatshirts and growlers and glassware,” Towne said.
The brewery is awaiting a new 20-barrel brewhouse that’s expected to arrive in February so the taps are dominated now by guest brewers. Until Zauber fires up that new system, the focus will be on Columbus breweries such as Seventh Son, Four String, North High, Actual and Barley’s.
“The local sold faster than anything else,” Towne said about the first weekend.
In the meantime, he will be brewing on a one-barrel pilot system and releasing new Zauber beers on Thursdays. He said he wants to turn Thursdays into mini-events.
“When it’s gone, it’s gone,” he said about the Zauber brews.
Zauber is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday though Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
For more details about the Zauber operation, click here to read a short story and see photos at Columbus Underground.