"Victory in every sip!" reads Pigskin Brewing Company's tagline. That hints at the defining subject for Pigskin's beer, décor and name: sports. The four founding partners of Pigskin are aiming at a December opening in Gahanna's Creekside development. The brewhouse has been installed, and brewing will begin soon. The L-shaped bar is built, floors are sealed and chairs assembled. It's almost game time.

"Victory in every sip!" reads Pigskin Brewing Company's tagline. That hints at the defining subject for Pigskin's beer, décor and name: sports. The four founding partners of Pigskin are aiming at a December opening in Gahanna's Creekside development. The brewhouse has been installed, and brewing will begin soon. The L-shaped bar is built, floors are sealed and chairs assembled. It's almost game time.

The athletics theme runs throughout the entire Pigskin experience, making it a spot for both craft beer aficionados and sports fans alike. The space will feature a scoreboard beer menu listing "home" and "visitors" brews, and the requisite number of TV screens will be installed. The team is even custom-building giant HD projector screens, so nary a play will be missed.

The initial four brews are all designed for easy sipping, allowing patrons to knock back one or two during any game. And of course, they're all named with sports in mind: the Undefeated Pale Ale, the Laces Out Hefeweizen, the Kickoff Brown Ale and the Legendary Amber.

In lieu of installing a kitchen, Pigskin has teamed with Ciao Vino Italian Kitchen nearby to collaborate on a special beer-centric menu, featuring dishes like pork sliders, bourbon stout wings, beer sausage and dressings made with hefeweizen. Brewery patrons will order at the bar; Ciao Vino whips it up, then delivers it to the brewery.

But you don't have to love sports to appreciate Pigskin. The 2,800-square-foot brewery and taproom will keep patrons focused on the brewing process.

"The brewery is like a giant fishbowl," founder Tarry Summers joked.

The brewing space is built into the front of the building and surrounded by glass walls, so patrons seated in the taproom or out on the covered patio get a clear view of the hardworking brew crew. The brewhouse is built on the bones of other Columbus breweries past and present, including the 3.5-barrel brewing system from the now-defunct Neil House Brewery, and two of their four 15-barrel fermenters were made available by Seventh Son after a recent equipment upgrade.

Gahanna seems pleased to have them opening soon. Summers said the city's residents have been very receptive and "super cool" about the brewery opening.

Photos by Meghan Ralston and Tim Johnson