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ZwanzigZ Pizza & Brewing first in Indiana to win Small Brewpub of the Year

Columbus based brewery and pizza joint, ZwanzigZ took home a slew of awards at the Great American Beer Festival this weekend. ZwanzigZ won Small Brewpub of the Year and Mike Rybinski [brewmaster] and Trent Fleener [assistant brewer] won Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at GABF 2016. The brewery also took home silver medals for their chocolate beer The Ticket which beat out 44 others and their Frankenwald Eisbock took second out of 29 entries.

Indiana beer historian Bob Ostrander verified on Sunday that Columbus-based ZwanzigZ is the only Indiana brewpub to gain Brewpub of the Year award since its 1999 inception.

  • Read the full story at NUVO
  • Posted October 2016
Zwanzigz bar, by Amy Lynch
Zwanzigz beer, by Amy Lynch

Strange Brews at ZwanzigZ Pizza

Story and photos by Amy Lynch

Pizza and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly, and ZwanzigZ is successfully pulling off this culinary pairing with style. My little boy and I got happily acquainted with ZwanzigZ pizza during a Columbus trip last year, but I didn’t get a chance to taste some of ZwanzigZ’s signature beer until a repeat visit with my son and my dad this week.

Already solidly established as Columbus’ most popular independent pizzeria, ZwanzigZ added brewing operations to its mix in 2011. Under the creative and capable direction of brewmaster Mike Rybinski, ZwanzigZ now churns out an evolving lineup of around 50 different craft beers—a dozen or so are available on site at any given time.

The roster includes fairly standard brews like IPAs and porters, along with some more unusual offerings. Rybinski says the honey wheat is probably the most popular choice, but customers can also order up the likes of Beauregard blueberry ale, a tongue-tingling ghost pepper imperial stout, a refreshing summery cucumber lime kolsch or a sweet oatmeal cream stout depending on availability. Rybinski obviously knows what he’s doing here; ZwanzigZ’s bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout nabbed a bronze medal in the 2014 Indiana State Fair Brewer’s Cup competition.

Covering five 5 oz. pours, the sampler ($7) is a good way to taste a variety of ZwanzigZ beers — the honey wheat, a smooth nut brown ale, a very hoppy Triple Z IPA, a bold imperial stout with strong coffee notes, and a memorable chocolate beer (my personal favorite of the bunch).

Customers can order beer on-site at the restaurant, and even get a glimpse of the brewing vats through windows in a small 21-and-up pub room just off the main counter. Pints at ZwanzigZ sell for $4, pitchers for $12 ($9 on Mondays and Wednesdays) single 5 oz. samples for $1.75, and growler fills for $9 ($6 on Tuesdays). ZwanzigZ also bottles five of its beers for distribution at Cork Liquors store locations throughout Columbus and several outlets in the Indianapolis area.

For folks who don’t drink beer, ZwanzigZ also produces four craft sodas in root beer, orange cream, black cherry and blue raspberry flavors. My son goes crazy for any sort of blue food or drink, and immediately wanted this soda when he saw it. I tasted it, and it was good, strong on the raspberry flavor. A bit of local trivia — Rybinski says the orange cream and blue raspberry flavors are tributes to the Columbus high schools; orange cream in honor of the Columbus East Olympians, and blue raspberry for the Columbus North Bull Dogs.

We’ll be back….

1038 Lafayette Ave., Columbus
(812) 376-0200
www.zwanzigz.com

  • Posted July 2014
Zwanzigz bar, by Amy Lynch
Zwanzigz beer, by Amy Lynch

The Columbus area has become a craft beer destination!

By blogger Paige Harden, posted January 2013

I will be the first to tell you that I am not a beer snob. In fact, I don’t know much at all about beer, but I do like to drink it on occasion. Luckily for me, and everyone else who likes beer, Columbus is the perfect place to taste a wide assortment of beer. In the last decade, Columbus’ craft beer scene has exploded. We now have four microbreweries in Bartholomew County, which is second only to Marion County when it comes to the number of microbreweries in a county.

Let me explain why I am so excited about this new beer culture in our county. Since I had my first taste of beer, everyone has explained that “beer is an acquired taste.” I don’t despise corporate light beers, but taste isn’t the problem. Corporate beer has hardly any taste at all in my opinion. None of them have any outstanding flavors that make me want to “acquire a taste” for them. A few years ago a friend introduced me to craft beer. I was amazed at the overwhelming flavors in each craft beer I tried. It wasn’t watered down alcohol. It was a combination of fresh and flavorful ingredients.

I won’t lie and say that I love all craft beer, but what I do love is the character and creativity used to create each beer. There are fruity beers and bitter beers and malty beers. Each glass is an entirely new experience. Before ordering a full glass of any beer, I prefer to order the microbrewery’s sampler. These small samples help me get a sense of the variety of beer that is offered and gives me a glimpse into the inventiveness of the brewer.

I admire microbrewers for the time and effort they put into each batch of beer. Half of the enjoyment is trying to determine which unique ingredients the brewer used to create a particular beer. Each glass is like enjoying a local work of art. Not only are some of ingredients local, the names of the beers reflect Columbus’ unique culture. For example, Columbus Bar features Diesel Oil Stout and Jack the Bum Pale Ale. Hawcreek Brewing Co. features Chaos IPA. While I may never understand what AAU, ABV, BAC or IBU mean, I will continue to raise my glass in support of the passions of our local microbrewers.

  • Posted January 2013
Zwanzigz named best small brewpub in America
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Columbus based brewery and pizza joint, ZwanzigZ took home a slew of awards at the Great American Beer Festival this weekend. ZwanzigZ won Small Brewpub of the Year and Mike Rybinski [brewmaster] and Trent Fleener [assistant brewer] won Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at GABF 2016. The brewery also took home silver medals for their chocolate beer The Ticket which beat out 44 others and their Frankenwald Eisbock took second out of 29 entries.

Indiana beer historian Bob Ostrander verified on Sunday that Columbus-based ZwanzigZ is the only Indiana brewpub to gain Brewpub of the Year award since its 1999 inception.

Other Indiana breweries that brought home medals were Daredevil with a silver medal for Vacation Kolsch [111 entries]; Sun King got a silver medal for Cherry Busey Oud Bruin [Belgian Style Fruit Beer, 61 entries]; and Carson’s won a bronze medal for RIPA Double Red Ale [78 entries].

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  • Read the full story at NUVO
  • Posted October 2016
  • See feature on Columbus Bar

ZwanzigZ Pizza & Brewing first in Indiana to win Small Brewpub of the Year

Columbus based brewery and pizza joint, ZwanzigZ took home a slew of awards at the Great American Beer Festival this weekend. ZwanzigZ won Small Brewpub of the Year and Mike Rybinski [brewmaster] and Trent Fleener [assistant brewer] won Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at GABF 2016. The brewery also took home silver medals for their chocolate beer The Ticket which beat out 44 others and their Frankenwald Eisbock took second out of 29 entries.

Indiana beer historian Bob Ostrander verified on Sunday that Columbus-based ZwanzigZ is the only Indiana brewpub to gain Brewpub of the Year award since its 1999 inception.

Other Indiana breweries that brought home medals were Daredevil with a silver medal for Vacation Kolsch [111 entries]; Sun King got a silver medal for Cherry Busey Oud Bruin [Belgian Style Fruit Beer, 61 entries]; and Carson’s won a bronze medal for RIPA Double Red Ale [78 entries].

  • Read the full story at NUVO
  • Posted October 2016