If you were just a few stamps away from finishing your Columbus Ale Trail book, you may have felt defeated when the state of Ohio mandated all bars close in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. But don’t toss that book out yet — the completion date for Volume 5 of the Columbus Ale Trail has been extended indefinitely.
The fifth volume of the Columbus Ale Trail, the local passport program that rewards patronage at local breweries with prizes, was slated to finish at the end of April, with Volume 6 on track to launch May 1 as part of Columbus Craft Beer Week, which has also been postponed as a result of the virus. The exact new end date for the fifth volume of the trail will be announced when further details on bar closures becomes available, but it will be at least six weeks after brewery doors re-open.
To encourage people to get back out and support local breweries while also assisting with the increasing needs of the broader community, the Columbus Ale Trail will donate $5 to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective for every Volume 5 book that is completed from now until the TBD new end date. This is in addition to the prizes that can be redeemed for collecting brewery stamps, which include a beer can-style glass (4 stamps), a bottle opener (23 stamps), and an art print (46 stamps).
In the meantime, breweries offering carry-out can continue to stamp Columbus Ale Trail books — we have compiled an evolving list of Central Ohio brewery carry-out hours.
For those looking to redeem their books, note that the Experience Columbus Visitor Centers will be closed through at least March 31. However, The Ohio Taproom currently plans to remain open limited hours (Tuesday-Friday 4pm-8pm; Saturday 12pm-8pm; Sunday 2-6pm) and can support all redemption tiers.
The launch of Columbus Ale Trail Volume 6 will follow the TBD new completion date of Volume 5. Currently 50 breweries have signed on to participate in the sixth volume.
Check the Columbus Ale Trail website for details as this situation evolves.
full disclosure: I am one of the founders of the Columbus Ale Trail