Land-Grant Brewing Company always has a variety of IPA beers, including the Amarillo IPA. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor-In-Chief

Columbus offers no shortage of local breweries.

Right off the top of my head, I can think of at least six.

But there aren’t many quite like Land-Grant Brewing, which was voted the best brewing company for Best of OSU.

There are many qualities about Land-Grant that have led to this prestigious honor. For starters, let’s look at the products.

It’s tough to find a brewing company that offers as wide of a variety of craft beers as Land-Grant. It has four recurring beers year-round: two IPAs, an American Kolsch and a brown ale. On top of that, it has rotating IPAs that it brews seasonally as part of both its quadrahopic and concentrate hazy series.

Not an IPA person? No problem. There are also plenty of other options, including a range of porters, blonde ales, pilsners, pale ales and many others that frequent its menu. There’s a beer up there for anyone and everyone, and the flavors change seasonally.

But there are more to breweries than just the beers, and that could not be more true for Land-Grant. There’s plenty of seating inside as there often is at brewing companies, with stools at the bar and some long tables and benches for bigger groups.

What really draws the crowds, however, is its expansive outdoor seating. There is a patio just outside the building that has a little fire pit surrounded with seats that can be a pleasant place to gather on a chilly fall or spring evening. Additionally, there are rows of tables and benches out in a larger yard in front of Land-Grant that can be great for socializing.

And if you’re looking for a bite to eat, that’s not a problem either, since Land-Grant always has several food trucks, including Ray Ray’s Hog Pit sitting just inside its fenced-in road. As a fan of barbecue, I could not recommend more getting the beef brisket sandwich with coleslaw from Ray Ray’s. It’s the perfect complement to your beer.

There are many great places around Columbus to grab a local craft beer and relax with your friends. But for the perfect atmosphere and a wide array of options, Land-Grant stands out as one of the best.