Grandview growler station Ohio Taproom focuses on in-state brews

By Columbus Alive
From the June 13, 2013 edition

Growler stations have popped up all over the city, becoming a ubiquitous part of the craft beer scene. The addition of The Ohio Taproom could be construed as just another growler option, but a couple unique aspects separate it from the pack.

The quaint Grandview taproom sells only beers from Ohio breweries — with Ohio being recently name the fourth-highest producer of craft beer in the country by the Brewers Association, there’s plenty of options. The Ohio Taproom sells 2-ounce samples (up to four) for $.50 and fills 32-ounce ($7-$9) and 64-ounce ($12-$16) growlers. There are 20 options from the Buckeye State, ranging from local start-ups like Seventh Son and Hoof Hearted to the long-established operations Thirsty Dog and Great Lakes.

“We just figured with enough good breweries in the state, there’s enough good product,” proprietor John Evans said. “We could have unique, obscure breweries from all over the country, but I think people appreciate this stuff that comes from either up the road or a couple hours away.”

The other aspect that differentiates The Ohio Taproom is the use of a Pegas Crafttap system, a machine that purges oxygen from the growler with CO2 and fills the bottle. The technology means a growler will stay fresh for up to 90 days, as opposed to the normal two weeks (if you’re lucky). It also reduces beer waste. Traditional growler fills result in a 30-percent loss from each keg.

Both the use of local products and the Pegas Crafttap system contribute to what’s most important at The Ohio Taproom — serving the highest quality beer.

“It just kind of clicked. If we’re going to offer the freshest beer, i.e. the closest beer, we might as well take that next step and offer the ability to keep i fresh longer,” Evans said.

Everything at The Ohio Taproom has a local quality, not just the beer. The entire dcor, including the reclaimed wood from a 19th century church used as the bar top and the pages of old Grandview High School yearbooks adoring the wall, is Ohio-born.

A number of Ohio products are scattered throughout the shelves. Need a snack? There’s Wild Joe’s Beef Jerky from Cincinnati and Ballreich chips from Tiffin. More munchies options (Bretzel) are in the works. There are also growler bags and T-shirts from State of Devotion Clothing Co.