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The History of the Original Columbus Premium Beer
Gold Top is Hoster’s award-winning signature beer, first brewed in Columbus in 1836. It is a German Dortmunder style lager, crafted with a unique blend of imported 2-row barley malt and Munich malt and hopped with finest German and Czechoslovakian varieties.
Hoster Brewing Company maintains the branding rights and recipes for its signature beer: Gold Top.
Today funds are being raised to bring back Columbus’ very own ORIGINAL premium beer. Gold Top is currently being produced in limited quantity, with future plans to produce other finely crafted, German-inspired lagers under the Hoster label as well.
Refining century-old recipes, Louis Hoster (center) launched Columbus’ first premium beer in 1836. It became immensely popular and grew to the largest brewery in central Ohio until Prohibition, when the brewery was forced to cease operation.
After prohibition, most regional breweries forged a comeback, affording to do so by cheapening their ingredients and jeopardizing the integrity of their original recipes to survive during the Great Depression. The Hoster family opted to not damage the integrity of their cherished recipe, and ceased production for good. Today, the Hoster Gold Top recipe maintains the integrity of the original formula—a proud homage to our forefathers—and sells out every time there is a limited production run.
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