In an issue dedicated to celebrating the ColumBEST, let’s kick off the booze news with the gold medal that Columbus Brewing Company brought home from the 2014 World Beer Cup for their Uncle Rusty, an Imperial Red Ale. Pigskin Brewing announced that they will be opening their brewery at Creekside Gahanna after backing out of their planned location in Marble Cliff earlier this year. The brewery is expected to open by October. Actual Brewing bottled up another one of their brews, this time Elektron, an amber ale, available now at a beer store near you.
Liquor and Cider
Middle West Spirits recently released a Bourbon barrel-aged version of their Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka, the first bourbon-barrel-aged vodka infusion produced and sold commercially by a U.S. distillery, according to Middle West. Meanwhile, the new Mill Street Distillery, located about an hour outside of Columbus in Utica, began churning out corn whiskey moonshine, with plans to roll out apple and peach brandy in the fall. A cidery north of Newark, Legend Valley, is using Central Ohio apples to craft four varieties of cider, available across Columbus.
Zauber Brewing will host a German Maifest celebration May 10, serving their beer alongside Four String Brewing and Sideswipe Brewing. Taste of Dine Originals (May 15) will feature 30 vineyards, three craft breweries and a couple micro-distilleries alongside 48 regional independent restaurants – www.dineoriginalscolumbus.com. The Gahanna BrewFest (May 24) will feature more than 30 beers from 11 area breweries.