Hilltop Heritage Lager and Hilltop Light beers are being resurrected.

No, Four String Brewing Company is not making a comeback, but two of its most popular beers are.

“I didn’t know if we would be able to relaunch with these brands or not as of last fall, so the fact that we do get to bring these beers back to Columbus is something that’s very, very exciting to me,” said Dan Cochran, the founder of Four String.

The Hilltop Lager and Hilltop Light were growing double digits until the day Four String closed in October due to financial issues, according to a news release. The brewery opened in 2011.

Hilltop Brewing, owned by Blake Squires, is relaunching the Hilltop beers. Squires, of Akron, acquired the Hilltop brands with a group of investors. Hilltop Brewing is relaunching the two beers using contract brewer Brew Detroit in Michigan.

“We constantly hear how much people miss Hilltop,” Squires said in the news release.

Cochran said he hopes to bring production of the beer back to Columbus as soon as possible.

“People just haven’t been able to get enough of it,” Cochran said. “It seems to resonate with local beer drinkers a lot.”

With 4.2% and 3.8% alcohol, the beers offer a lighter drink than many craft brews.

Six-packs of Hilltop Heritage Lager and Hilltop Light should be back on store shelves and on draft around Columbus by the Fourth of July. The lagers will make their debut at Comfest in late June at Goodale Park.

 

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