Bar profile: Yellow Brick Drafthouse and Pizzeria

From the August 2, 2012 edition

Yellow Brick Drafthouse and Pizzeria was Columbus Alive’s winner for Best New Restaurant in 2011 — and for good reason — but that meant its merits as a bar may have gone overlooked in the face of the delicious pies (and tots). Well, no more. I’m here to report the Olde Towne East pizzeria is also an excellent spot for a drink.

Boasting 15 excellent craft beers on tap, plus 72 bottled brews, wine and mead, Yellow Brick has plenty of options for imbibing despite not having a full liquor license. There’s even a beer cocktail, the Laura Palmer, that combines Bell’s citrusy Oarsman Weissbier with Timmermans Strawberry lambic to create a strawberry lemonade brew. It’s perfect for “Twin Peaks” Tuesdays, a Lynchian happy hour that shows the ground-breaking drama on TV.

Of the drafts, the only staple is Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale — it’s one of those beers that are astoundingly better on tap — with the other taps constantly rotating in new selections. Last week Weasel Boy’s Bitter Sable Imperial Black IPA ($4.50) was available, and I couldn’t recommend it more. Yellow Brick is one of the only places in Columbus that consistently has Weasel Boy products, which are excellent and made in Zanesville.

Yellow Brick’s website is regularly updated with a list of drafts and bottles available. Also, make sure to check out Yellow Brick’s keg tappings — Founders Breakfast Stout, Cerise (fruit beer) and Double Trouble IPA are on the schedule for mid-August.

The happy hour at Yellow Brick offers some excellent deals. All drafts are half-off, and single-topping pizza slices are $2. Additional toppings are $.50. The slice of sausage I tried was plentifully topped with juicy hunks of fennel-flavored pork.

Slices are a fine way to grab a quick, cheap bite, but the specialty pizzas are a must. The Elliott Smith ($21 for a large), with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, light mozzarella, green pear, bacon, shaved parmesan and a light honey drizzle, caught my eye for its namesake and then had my mouth watering. The Spicy Chicken Corn Chowder ($19.50 for a large) is also recommended, and it comes topped with best sauce (Yellow Brick’s spin on Alfredo), mozzarella, chicken, corn, roasted red pepper, red onion and spicy kale.

Photos by Joe Maiorana