Bar profile: The Pint Room

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From the January 17, 2013 edition

Columbus has a new king when it comes to drafts. The Pint Room has taken the crown with its 101 taps; a copious amount of craft beer that will please any beer drinker. The Pint Room doesn’t just rely on quantity though, as there are a number of renowned breweries on its beer list.

The number of Ohio breweries featured on the list was a pleasant surprise — Fat Head, Brew Kettle, Columbus Brewing Co., Rivertown and Mt. Carmel breweries are just a few — alongside a stable of breweries from across the country.

During happy hour, pints are $2 off, meaning most run between $2 and $3. All liquor and wine is $1 off during happy hour. The Pint Room has a full liquor license and plans to have a focus on whiskey and bourbon with 25-30 offerings.

The Pint Room also offers growler fills in 750-milliliter, 32-ounce and 64-ounce sizes. The pricing varies by beer, but the basic rule is it’s a $1 off each pint. So the larger the growler, the more the discount.

One hundred one taps can be a bit intimidating even for the more experienced beer drinker, so here are five recommendations.

Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA, 7.5 ABV

This northeast Ohio brewery makes one of the best IPAs in the world. The West Coast style brew has big hops, but also a nice grapefruit (and subtle pineapple) sweetness.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, 10 ABV

This Russian Imperial Stout is only available from fall through winter, so make sure to get your hands on it while it lasts. The dark chocolate flavors are bold and succulent, making you forget about its potency.

Stillwater As Follows, 9 ABV

This limited brew is “coming soon” (as of press time) to the Pint Room. I haven’t tried the Belgian Pale Ale yet, but anything from Stillwater is sure to be great.

Two Brothers Cane & Ebel Red Rye Ale, 7 ABV

The Illinois brewery offers a different, and more complex, take on the Red Rye. Cane & Ebel adds a bigger hop profile and a nice touch of sweetness to its recipe.

Brew Kettle Kitka Coconut Chocolate Milk Stout, 4.6 ABV

Brew Kettle also makes a great IPA (White Rajah), but this is the one to try for its sheer experimentalism. I’m usually not a big coconut fan, but it works really well here.

Photo by Tim Johnson