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Biting the Dog

Is BrewDog the real deal, or just a glammed up boondoggle from Scotland? We asked founder James Watt to set the record straight. Now that BrewDog has finally opened up their ballyhooed Canal Winchester operation,…

by Collins Laatsch

Sour Power

Wolf’s Ridge gears up to expand unique program Chris Davison is a young man with an old soul—a purist. Despite his youth—and that he’s battling a highly competitive marketplace forcing many brewers to consider to…

Photos by Megan Leigh Bernard

Hopplegangers

I think you could call this a “full-bodied” pour. Our local beer purveyors have always been a collaborative bunch, but this spring they’ve found an extra inventive way to set our city’s craft scene apart from…

Photo by Collins Laatsch

In The Hunt

BrewDog’s cofounder James Watt is not one to mince words. When explaining his decision to open are brewing operation here in the U.S. he was … blunt: “When I first came back to the U.S….

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Kicking Ass (Quietly)

You could say Craig O’Herron isn’t afraid of an unsure bet. Three years ago, he quietly opened up a little brewery in an industrial park on the west side. And three years before that, he…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Breaking the Chain

Let’s face it: when it comes to beer, chains have a tendency to be… well… lame. Don’t get me wrong, I love the comfort and security of chain department stores like Target—when I’m buying that…

Photo by Collins Laatsch

Platform Steps Up

We believe in good beer, and the idea that beer can go way beyond its liquid form. And that, in a nutshell is the pitch for Platform Brewing, whose community-minded approach to craft brewing now has a taste…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Unchain My Hops

It’s been easy to take Gordon Biersch for granted all these years. As a restaurant, it’s been a solid fixture in the Arena District pretty much since the area was developed, serving up an American-casual…

Hitting the Ale Trail

Athens might be the perfect college town. The rolling, emerald hills of Southeastern Ohio ensconce the venerable Ohio University and its host community with postcard-worthy scenery. Aside from the OU campus, there’s not a lot…

Photo by Rachael Barbash

Californication

Plenty has changed about the capital city since Brian Swanson was part of a successful three-headed Park Street empire alongside Chris Corso and Mike Gallichio. One thing that hasn’t: if you’re promoting a place with…

The Next Level

Psst: We’re going to let you in on a little secret about the craft beer you’re drinking. Odds are pretty good that it’s flawed. This is especially true if you’re drinking a ridiculously hopped double…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Coming Together

Stone Brewing founder and Pataskala native Greg Koch has been known to advise aspiring brewers to plan everything out in detail and then multiply it by five. After all, opening up a brewery is an…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

In Their Element

It’s easy to take Studio 35 for granted. The humble, single screen cinema has been tucked away in Clintonville’s backyard for decades. “Oh,” someone will say as recognition kicks in, “that’s the Rocky Horror place.”…

Beyond the Pale (Ale)

It’s old news now—Stone Brewing Company suggested Columbus as a location for BrewDog’s North American headquarters, and in relatively short order, the Scottish brewer confirmed that it would have a sprawling operation brewing beer here…

What’s Brewing

Columbus Brewing Company and Four String have undertaken huge expansions, and Brew Dog plans to bring some international street cred to our brewing game in less than a year, but what’s the story with other…

Photo by Chris Casella

Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

It’s hard not to like Dan Cochran—he’s just a good guy. Whether you’re knocking back too many beers with him, or you’ve caught him, somewhat guarded, in his entrepreneur’s hat, the blue collar bass player…

Photo by Adam Barhan/Creative Commons

GOSE Town

At Beer School, we’re not particular fond of the shandy, which basically involves mixing a light lager with some lemonade. It’s OK, but there are better ways to booze up your lemonade, and since a…

Beyond the Pale Ale

It’s old news now—Stone Brewing Company suggested Columbus as a location for BrewDog’s North American headquarters, and in relatively short order, the Scottish brewer confirmed that it would have a sprawling operation here brewing beer…

Photo by Chris Casella

Much Abrew

They say stats don’t lie, and so there is often a preoccupation with numbers when it comes to craft brewing. How many barrels are you putting out? What’s your maximum capacity? Square footage? Ceiling height? Penis size?…

Photo by Chris Casella

The Big Rollout

I’m going to let you in on a bit of a secret: For all the excitement over the influx of new brewers we’ve seen hanging their shingles in town, some of the product has been…

Illustration by Alix Ayoub

The Green Mile

Editor’s Note: Three months ago, long-time (614) Contributor Steve Croyle pitched his idea of a Municipal Golf Crawl, a marathon of city-course golf, dually prepped as a fun writing exercise and a bonding experience amongst…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

A Rare Breed of Brew

If you’re opening a brewery in 2015, you’d better deliver the goods right out of the gate. You’re going to get accolades regardless, because people love the new local guy, but you need to ignore…

Huddle Up

Gahanna’s Creekside business complex has drawn mixed reviews. It was an ambitious venture, but a combination of Columbus reclaiming its urban core and a dicey economy worked against the boom developers were banking on. Still,…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Throwing Smoke

Lenny Kolada is giddy. The man who introduced Columbus to the classic brewpub nearly a quarter of a century ago has a silly grin plastered across his face because things are heating up at the Smokehouse…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Tempered Temperance

Westerville was once a stronghold for the dreaded temperance movement, a misguided effort to rid the world of anything that brought people joy. Though the primary focus was alcohol, and other substances that induce a…

Beer School

We’ve covered sours, and they picked up another mention last month when we delved into Belgians. Now, we’re going to revisit the subject with a concentration on the augmented varieties known as lambics, and their…

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