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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…

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…

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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?…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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Beer Country

Most breweries have a distinct steampunk vibe—with their tanks, and pipes, and valves, and important-looking gauges. When you visit a brewery, you expect an industrial experience. If there’s food, it’s going to be some pretzels…

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Beer School: Black Days

What’s the difference between and stout and a porter? Everybody seems to have an opinion on this, but the correct answer is simple: none. You can go back and study the history of the two…

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North High & Rising

The business concept behind North High Brewing is hard to take seriously because it seems like a couple of guys decided to make money by inviting people to come and brew with them. In truth,…

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Brewing Up

The universe is in a state of expansion, and that’s the name of the game when it comes to craft beer in Columbus. While Stone spurned us in favor of the former capital of the…

Going Up

Dick Stevens is too old for this shit. You can say that he looks good for 75, but what the hell does 75 look like, and more importantly, what does 75 feel like? The only…

Beer School

If you’ve acquired the sophistication to appreciate the beers we explore here, you’ve probably acquired a lot of stuff as well. Now Christmas is coming and the odds are pretty good that you’re going to…

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Beer School

If you’ve just started dabbling in craft beer, the odds are pretty good that pumpkin brews are catching your eye. You’re wondering if they’re worthwhile and which ones you should avoid. Well, Sonny, you’re going…

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Beer School

Tailgating is high art in these parts. With two NFL teams in the state, and three teams a manageable drive away, Columbus is at the epicenter of all things football. A little-known fact about this…

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No Stone Unturned

Stone is going to put Columbus brewers under legitimate scrutiny. People traveling from St. Louis, Chicago, or Washington D.C. will care far less (or not at all) about the brewer’s humble beginnings in an OSU frat…

Beertown, USA

They used to call us “Cowtown.” Lots of places have been saddled with that nickname, but it really had some traction when it came to Columbus. The city’s leaders weren’t keen on it, and a…

Prost at Last!

Geoff Towne has never been one to mince words. Long before he brewed his first batch of beer in Columbus, he spoke openly about his ambitions. Reaction was mixed: some were excited, others dubious. It’s…

High Hops

As the craft-brewing phenomenon took the country by storm, Columbus was decidedly underserved. We love craft beer, which is evident when you walk into a bar and see as many as 30, 40, or even 50…

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