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All Tarted Up

Mad Moon sprinkling new tastes into cider scene Peter Moon took a bit of a risk when he decided to bring craft hard cider to the Columbus market, ostensibly competing with a tough craft beer…

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Booze Beyond The ‘Belt

Three suburban bars upgrading the strip mall set. If you want to gauge the influence Columbus has over the region’s culture, you need look no further than those little communities that lie at the far…

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A Bridge To Brilliance

Back before Columbus craft beer exploded, Gordon Biersch was the city’s test tank for a new era of brewers. Gordon Biersch is unfairly overlooked in most craft beer discussions. This is largely because the “chain”…

Light Years Ahead

Dan Cochran loves ComFest. From his hard partying teenage years to these days, where he lays out a big family blanket to take in some live music with his kids, the annual Community Festival is…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Future of Fashion

Like it or not, fashion is a part of your life. Every species communicates to the world around it through its outward appearance. Many will meticulously groom themselves for optimal presentation. Humans wear clothes. Sure,…

10 Pack

In honor of National Beer Day, a sampler of national and local classics. We all love craft beer. Even if you’re not really into the taste of beer, the friendly, inclusive culture that surrounds the…

A Well-Crafted Escape

It’s like falling off the edge of this world, and landing on a strange new planet—a flat one, populated with silos and steeples. One minute you’re driving through the rolling hills northwest of Columbus near…

Elevator by Megan Leigh Barnard

Brew Over

There are some myths about the craft beer business. A lot of people think it’s easy, which explains why we’ve seen such a tremendous surge in new breweries not just around Central Ohio, but the…

Spagio by Tommy Feisel

Bowl Game

What is it about a steaming bowl full of rich, spicy chili that just melts away the winter chill? Why does a that salty broth in an old fashioned chicken soup seem to have magical,…

Far from the Tree

Apple Brandy isn’t exactly new, but it’s not widespread either, and craft distillers haven’t rushed into this unique, but delicious genre of the distilling arts. Part of the holdup? Time. A successful craft distillery has…

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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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