Columbus Brewing Co. is opening a taproom.

The Columbus production brewery — one of only a few Ohio breweries without a tasting room — announced the news on social media Monday.

 

"It's something we've always wanted to do but there have been so many hurdles to overcome," owner and brewmaster Eric Bean said in a telephone interview. "It's a great way for us to connect directly with our consumer."

Columbus, the second-oldest craft brewery in Ohio, moved into the former Hill Distributing Co. building on the city's west side several years ago and promised from the outset that there would be a tasting room. Columbus fans have been waiting patiently — in some cases not so patiently.

Columbus is known for award-winning brands such as Bodhi, Creeper and Uncle Rusty.

Bean said the brewery has been working on the build-out for several months and he expects the taproom to open this summer.

The news sent Columbus fans into a frenzy, with many sharing the announcement on Facebook with friends or commenting on how excited they are.

"Bodi beer on draft????? My dreams will come true," Sherri K. Mollette-Rose posted in response on Facebook.