Buzz Bar: Seventh Son Brewing Co.

By Columbus Alive
From the January 24, 2013 edition

While Seventh Son Brewing Co. is still in the final stages of brewing their beer — they plan to start production this week — there are plenty of reasons to head over to the Italian Village brewery and bar. First and foremost being Seventh Son has become one of the city’s new hotspots. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday and boasting a stellar, if limited, drink selection, Seventh Son has seen substantial crowds every night since opening a few weeks ago.

It’s not hard to see why people are flocking to have drinks inside Seventh Son’s intimate, chic space. The dim lighting makes for a cozy setting — ideal for a date or laid-back drink with friends. The swanky, yet simple space contains two rooms; the main bar area and a second room — separated by a barn door donated by Watershed Distillery — for private parties and events, or spill-over when the bar fills up. There’s a welcoming fenced-in patio with a number of modish picnic tables out back. It’ll be brimming when the weather gets warm.

Most eye-catching is the dark wood wall separating the brewing area from the bar space. Using a Japanese technique called Shou-sugi-ban (cedar wood is scorched, the charcoal is brushed off and finally coated in a soft finish), the almost black wall is staggeringly cool.

The bar itself has more than a dozen stools to belly up to for a drink. The libations at Seventh Son are intentionally paired down and have a focus on Ohio products. “We specifically picked brands and [drinks] we enjoy,” said Seventh Son co-founder Collin Castore.

The draft beers are all from the Buckeye state and you can expect to find wares from locals like Elevator, Barley’s and Columbus Brewing Co. The Weasel Boy’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout I enjoyed was a mouthful of potent joy. Seventh Son rotates through about five beers a week, so hopefully the Weasel Boy stout is still available. If not, you can have faith there’s sure to be something as exceptional replacing it.

On the liquor side, Seventh Son has a handful of bourbons, gins, vodkas, tequilas, rums and scotches. Products from OYO and Watershed are in constant supply. Most spirits are at reasonable prices between $5 and $8. I’d go for the peaty Laphroaig ($7) during this time of year. There are also a number of cordials and liqueurs for crafting whatever cocktail you desire, and plans are in the works to have a guest bartender every Saturday who’ll create a specialty drink menu.

Seventh Son has also taken care of your hunger pangs. A food truck — Swoop and That Food Truck most often — sits outside every night.

Photo by Meghan Ralston