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Columbus, Ohio: Gambrinus, King of Beer

12 feet tall, the colorful King Gambrinus stands just off the sidewalk, hoisting a sudsy goblet skyward. An 1880s statue that was no doubt originally part of a brewery.

605 S. Front St., Columbus, OH
Southwest edge of downtown. I-70 eastbound exit 100. Turn south onto Front St. The King is about five blocks south, on the west side. Or: I-70 westbound exit 101. Continue heading west until you reach High St. Turn south. Drive approximately seven blocks and turn west onto Sycamore St. Take Sycamore St. to Front St. and turn north.
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Gambrinus, King of Beer

A couple of blocks from I-70, in an urban renewal section of Columbus. Statue sits off the street with a small park behind. Behind that is a huge new Kroger grocery store, so easy parking.

Perfect stop for lunch, especially with a dog.

[M. Harper, 09/03/2015]

King Gambrinus.

Gambrinus, King of Beer

There is a large statue of King Gambrinus, (a legendary Flemish king who is believed to be the inventor of beer), outside the former Gambrinus Brewery in Columbus. Founded in 1906 by German immigrant August Wagner, the brewery was in business until 1974 when the land was sold and the brewery was demolished.

Luckily the King's statue was preserved and he now stands in a small park on the grounds. Over 12 feet tall, the King looked life-size from the ground when he was positioned above the brewery entrance.

[signmanjoe, 04/01/2015]

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