The newly launched Columbus Distillery Trail in Columbus, Ohio features seven local distillers that are passionate about their proprietary recipes, twists on traditional flavors and tried and true ingredients. Visit each craft spirits maker and hear the stories of the distillers, peek at their process and have a few sips along the way.
When spirits fans visit the participating distilleries, they are asked to, “check in” using the free digital pass. After just four stops and making any purchase fans earn a Simple Times Mixer (featuring a delicious Blackberry Lemonade flavor). After visiting all seven, earn “The Proof is in the Proof” Columbus Distillery Trail t-shirt.
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The Trail is designed to welcome locals and visitors alike to the city’s world-class spirits maker scene. Columbus’ skilled artisans win international accolades and have led the national movement for more than 10 years.
The Columbus Distillery Trail passport covers the following stops.
- 451 Spirits is tucked into an alley next to a neighborhood dive bar in Columbus’ hip residential neighborhood of Clintonville. Despite the addition of an art gallery, 451 has always been something of a mad scientists’ den for spirits. Interesting improvisations on rum, whiskey, mezcal and absinthe start with unusual mash bills and end with remarkable results.
- Echo Spirits Distilling Co. launched in 2020 against all odds in Grandview, crafting high-end spirits made to be accessible. The distillery aims to echo a time when we got to know the folks making the things we buy, and a laid-back bar offers great cocktails and food deliveries from nearby restaurants.
- Endeavor Brewing and Spirits launched as a brewery in 2017 in Grandview, releasing the results of its distilling operations in 2019. Endeavor’s liquor lineup includes craft brews, vodka, rum, dry gin, and a botanical gin. They also host rotating food trucks.
- High Bank Distillery in Grandview Heights has a buzzy full-service bar and restaurant which feature elevated, casual food offerings with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and a balance of both indulgent and healthy options. Its cocktail menu features both classic cocktails and in-house creations. High Bank’s Whiskey War Barrel Proof Blend, which received the Best of Class in American Blended Whiskey Award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- Middle West Spirits, one of the country’s fastest growing distillers was named U.S. Distillery of the Year in the Berlin International Spirits Competition and nearly every one of its 15 spirits, including gin, whiskies, bourbons, vodkas and bourbon cream, have brought home double gold, gold and silver awards in key international spirits competitions.
- Noble Cut Distillery’s bread and butter is vodka and whiskey, but in Gahanna it gets high marks for its twisted takes on limoncello, the Italian citrus-and vodka-based aperitif or digestif. Distiller and co-owner Tony Guilfoy also makes his ‘cello in tart and tasty orange and grapefruit versions.
- Watershed Distillery started up in Grandview in 2010, then opened the state’s first restaurant connected to a distillery, Watershed Kitchen & Bar, in 2017. Its gin and other spirits garner solid reviews, and include seasonal nocino made from spiced local black walnuts and apple brandy.
The new Columbus Distillery Trail joins Columbus’ existing curated guides to experiencing the best the city has to offer, such as the Short North Art Trail (curated by the Short North Alliance) and Columbus Coffee Trail.