February 15, 2023
To Columbus With Love
By Rachel Gyarmati
Fun fact: The original Hofbräuhaus was opened in Munich, Germany, in 1589. That’s over 400 years of fun, food, and celebration. The brewery has lasted through two world wars, plagues, and other disasters.
Since WWII, it’s become a significant tourist attraction for Americans visiting Germany to experience authentic culture and food. Check out the list below of notable celebrities that have enjoyed a Lager in our Munich location in the last 400 or so years:
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- John F. Kennedy
- Thomas Wolfe (American author)
- Josephine Baker (American Dancer)
While we can’t boast (YET) that we’ve had someone as prolific as Mozart come in, we are always amazed by the community that we get to serve daily.
Since 2014, we have had the absolute honor of serving the community of Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding area. We’ve discovered a lot about Columbus in almost ten years that we adore.
How do we love Columbus? Let us count the ways!
1. We Agree: Knowledge is Power
February is to Valentine’s Day as Education is to Columbus.
That is, you can’t talk about one without the other. In Columbus, Ohio alone, there are 52 colleges! Thousands of students and staff members strive to better themselves and invest in the future through education.
That’s a lot of hard work!
We celebrate those college students and their staff by welcoming them. We offer jobs, fun, and a place where they can gather in the community to celebrate grades and possibly recover from finals.
Those students who work in our Bier Hall, kitchen, and Biergarten work hard to provide a fun atmosphere and great food. We are forever grateful to them for that. We don’t know where they get their energy from, but we would love to bottle it.
2. We Have Deep Roots
As mentioned earlier, Hofbräuhaus in Munich opened its doors over 400 years ago. If you’re a history fan, the year we opened in Munich is 1589. The location has been known as a place to have fun while being treated with an elite level of hospitality.
There is also a legacy of quality to uphold. For centuries, German Bier has been brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of Rheinheitsgebot. The law ensures that only barley, water, and hops are used in the production of Bier.
Written in 1516, Rheinheitsgebot was put into place to keep a standard of safety and regulation to the Bier served at the time. The law has been amended in the centuries since to include other ingredients and techniques.
Our Bier offerings have grown into an extensive menu and have become an experience of their own when visiting us. We gather to tap a keg of our monthly Seasonal Bier that will highlight the season’s taste and menu offerings. This month, the seasonal Bier is Bockbier or Doppel Bock (8.0% Alc. by Vol.).
The caramel flavor of this Bier and the hoppy finish make it great for a cold night out after a movie or to have with your dinner.
Although their history doesn’t go back to the 1500s, Columbus, Ohio, has been around for quite some time. The future state capital was founded in 1812 on the banks of the Scioto River.
Before being known as Columbus, the area was home to mound-building Indigenous tribes. Among them were the Hopewell, Adena, and Fort Ancient people.
3. We Bring the Fun(ds)
To be a good neighbor, you must know how to have a great party and bring a community together to do great things.
Last year, for example, we hosted the Columbus Beer Run 80s party. A great time was had, and many funds were raised for local charities! So we’re doing it again this year, but with a Luau theme! Runners aged 21 and over will be awarded a 16-ounce Bier.
We’d love to help you fundraise, too! Our large venue and easy-find location make us an ideal space for fundraisers. Whether that’s a Greek organization at a nearby college, a family doing a benefit, or your local PTO, we offer a unique experience.
Be Our Valentine
You can’t get through February without speaking about love, and we hope you feel just a bit of our passion for Columbus, Ohio. So, speaking of love, what are your plans this Valentine’s Day?
With Valentine’s Day (February 14th) falling on a Tuesday this year, we understand that it may be a lot to plan a night out, especially if you’re a parent. So we suggest making a night out of it with your family!
On Tuesday, February 14th, there will be a special menu for adults, and kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. The Bier Hall fills quickly, so make that reservation soon!
Whether it’s February or not, we believe in showing love. Whether that’s to our wonderful community or our staff, we want it known that we love and appreciate every one of you.
Prost to love, Columbus, and You this Valentine’s Day.