Our Coldest Beer in Columbus contest is all about finding the most frigid light domestic draft.

Our Coldest Beer in Columbus contest is all about finding the most frigid light domestic draft.

For a slight change of pace, we present some off-the-beaten path craft brews and imports for your enjoyment. Thanks to Pia Hiotis and her staff at Europia Wine & Spirits in the Short North for showing us their selection.

These picks would be hard to find on draft in these parts. Some come in oversized bottles; others in four-packs. A few are even best enjoyed after they spend a little time outside the fridge.


Chimay Ale Grande Reserve

Brewed in: Belgium

Cost: $11 (25-ounce bottle)

Percent alcohol by volume: 9

Taste: Dark and creamy, with flavors of figs, prunes and roasted malt

Serve: At around 50 degrees in a Trappist chalice

Who'll enjoy it: Belgian beer aficionados looking for something bolder


Abita Turbodog Ale

Brewed in: Louisiana

Cost: $9 (six pack)

Percent alcohol by volume: 5.6

Taste: Roasted nuttiness and some fruit, with a long-lasting head

Serve: Cold, out of the bottle or poured in a glass

Who'll enjoy it: Guinness and other stout drinkers


Mythos Hellenic Lager

Brewed in: Greece

Cost: $10 (six pack)

Percent alcohol by volume: 5

Taste: Medium-bodied, grainy and slightly sweet

Serve: Ice-cold, poured into a glass

Who'll enjoy it: Stella or Heineken drinkers


Arrogant Bastard Ale

Brewed in: California

Cost: $6 (pint bottle)

Percent alcohol by volume: 7.2

Taste: Medium-bodied and very hoppy, with malt flavors

Serve: However you choose

Who'll enjoy it: Beer drinkers who love hops


Hobgoblin Dark English Ale

Brewed in: U.K.

Cost: $4 (bottle)

Percent alcohol by volume: 5.2

Taste: Slightly sweet with chocolate and caramel flavors

Serve: However you choose

Who'll enjoy it: Drinkers looking for dessert in a glass


Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Brewed in: Delaware

Cost: $11 (four pack)

Percent alcohol by volume: 9

Taste: Strong and pungently hoppy, with lots of malt flavors

Serve: From the fridge, in a snifter glass

Who'll enjoy it: People who prefer drinking out of fancy glassware