Gravity getting Taft's Brewpourium with Broad Street patio

Katy Smith
Taft's is opening a pub in Franklinton.

Cincinnati-based Taft’s Brewing Co. is opening its first pub outside the Queen City at Kaufman Development's Gravity project this fall.

The craft brewer plans a 5,800-square-foot Taft's Brewpourium and 2,000-square-foot patio along West Broad Street serving coal-fired New Haven-style pizza. There will be a game room and a stage for music, comedy and other and live performances.

Taft’s hopes to open here in November.

“We love that Franklinton is an up-and-coming area. And we love the neighborhood’s arts culture, which really fits the roots of our brand. We think it’s going to be a homerun," said Taft’s Managing Partner David Kassling in a release. “Columbus, like Cincinnati, has a great population of beer drinkers, and they’ve shown us in our bar and grocery business that there’s a demand for our beer. It’s truly an honor for our whole team to have the opportunity to take the leap to another great Ohio city."

The company runs a popular brewery and restaurant in a renovated church in Over-The-Rhine and a brewery and tap room, Taft’s Brewpourium, in Spring Grove Village. Its beer, which also includes Nellie’s Key Lime Caribbean Ale, is sold regionally. This spring, two of Taft’s brews - its Nellie’s Key Lime Caribbean Ale and Gavel Banger IPA - were the last contestants standing in a bracket-style March Madness tournament put on by the Cincinnati Enquirer to crown the best local beer (the IPA won).  

“Taft’s has really impressed us with what they’ve done in Cincinnati. It’s a great brand with great values, great beer and great pizza in a great environment,” said Gravity Founder Brett Kaufman in a release. “It will provide a wonderful place for people to gather, connect and just enjoy life. We’re thrilled to welcome them to Columbus and to Gravity.”

Tenants are flocking to Gravity, a multi-stage development featuring prominent murals by local artists, green space, wellness programming and rental help for tenants. It will have 234 apartments, 50,000 square feet of offices and 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurants. Recent announcements include Bark, a maker of toys, treats and supplements for dogs, 22,000 square feet; Cova Cowork, 7,100 square feet; Pelotonia's offices, 4,500 square feet; and The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, which will open its second location there at 1,800 square feet. Leasing is ongoing.

Read last fall's in-depth profile of Kaufman and what inspired him to create Gravity by our sister publication, Columbus Monthly.