Pizza and beer – the classic Columbus combination. On this tour we’ll introduce you to some of the finest pizza in Columbus paired with pours of exceptional local craft beers.
Your guide, local food writer and preeminent pizza historian of Columbus, Jim Ellison (CMH Gourmand blog) will mix pizza lore with Ohio microbrews at four of the city’s most iconic pizza joints. We’ll begin with what we’re convinced is the thickest, gooiest and best example of Chicago style pizza in the city. Delicious deep dish wedges will be paired up with brews from neighboring Four String Brewing. Discussion will hinge around the intriguing and unusual backgrounds of both.
Next, we head to one of the founding pizza pioneers of our city which has family roots going back to 1953 when our town’s iconic Columbus style pizza was born. We’ll discuss what makes Columbus style pizza is while eating one of the best examples in the city. We’ll pair this pie with a beer from the oldest microbrewery in town, Columbus Brewing Company.
Our third stop may be the most famous pizza in the capital city, started by a few guys who could not find a slice of New York Style pizza anywhere – especially late at night. From its humble beginnings in a Short North shack, they’ve built an indie pizza empire which can now be found on food trucks, in multiple locations paired with local bars and various other hot spots throughout Columbus. In addition to the history of New York Style pizza we will discuss what makes their infamous pour on sauce so good. We’ll dine at their location inside Ledo’s Tavern, which has been a drinking destination on Old North Columbus for decades. Our beer pairing here will be from an Ohio craft brewery.
Our final stop has a style all of their own, making “pizza for the people”. This unique spot has long been a favorite destination for campus and Old North Columbus residents (as well as anyone looking for pizza served 24 hours a day, seven days per week). We will review what makes their “Smokin’ Joe’s” style so addictive. Our beer here will typically be from Jackie O’s or Great Lakes Brewing Company poured to help to mellow out the spicy heat from some our pizza selections.
This tour runs year round. We meet at the first location and then we drive our guests for the rest of the tour. Guests may need to walk about 1 block during the tour. Please check the calendar for available dates or contact us to arrange a private tour for groups of 8+ people. We can accommodate vegetarians on this tour but this tour is not suitable for those on a lactose or gluten free diet.
This tour is priced at $60.00 per person. It includes an Ohio craft beer sample at each location, samples of a variety of pizza stayles, van transportation between all of the stops and a guide with plenty of Ohio craft beer and pizza history knowledge. It lasts approximately 3.75 – 4 hours.
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This tour is offered on Sundays.
The tour may be available as a private tour for groups of 8 or more Sunday to Wednesday. See our private tour link on the website for more information.