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Cold Weather Cocktails

Just like restaurants change up their menus according to the seasons, craft bartenders do the same thing. I imagine these spirit-obsessed bar keeps, tinkering around with shrubs, bitters, the latest liquors—adding a drop of this,…

Bar Bet: Issue 8

Ever stump a bartender? Maybe… but not here in Columbus. Throughout the year, our sister publication (614) Magazine hosts various challenges from one bartender to the next utilizing a variety of oddball ingredients. Much to…

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Cocktail Garden

Your “I Wish I was in Brooklyn” Pinterest board is overflowing with recipes promising mysterious craft cocktails that nod back to the naughty days of Prohibition, in addition to being stacked with dashing drinks that…

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Holiday Cheer(s)

The holidays are Joe Peppercorn’s time to show off. This month, he and his ever-evolving band will take the Bluestone stage for one of the city’s most massive holiday events—the sixth annual Beatles Marathon. By…

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Bar Bet: Avocado

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

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Joy Division

What do office parties and spirit tastings have in common? Well, besides free booze—which is awesome—let’s just say they’re not always the most fresh events around. Enter the HR Department, a playful mix of cocktails,…

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Adam Roelle

If you’ve had even a passing interest in spirits or cocktails over the last five years or so—Adam Roelle is likely a name you’re already familiar with. In one way or another, he has been…

Frozen in Time

Cocktail trends, like any trend in the food or drink world, are fleeting, ever changing, and contagious. They may come and go quickly, or stick around for a bit, shifting slowly in a barely perceptible…

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Bar Bet: Mushroom

Bartenders, while a friendly bunch, can sometimes be a bit competitive. Each season, as new menus roll out across town, there is a bit of cocktail envy that inevitably takes place. With a seemingly endless…

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Elemental

If 90 percent of taste is rooted in our sense of smell, one would assume that the remaining 10 percent is made up exclusively of the actual flavors picked up by your tastebuds. One might…

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Drink Pink

There is no such thing as a girly drink. With all our gender sensitivity and awareness these days, you’d think this would be second nature, but the idea still persists in the world of beer…

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Home Theater: Cocktail

Being a bartender is strange. In many ways, it is no different than being a server. Somebody makes something delicious—like a steak, or a bottle of wine, or a beautiful batch of single-barrel bourbon—and you…

Enviable Cask

“Our heart and passion has always been whiskey.” Well, us too. Those were the words of Middle West Spirits’ co-founder Ryan Lang, as he prepared a pour of their Oloroso Wheat, a new special whiskey…

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Say Yes to Nocino

Did anyone out there notice the dude driving around Grandview on November 19 with his window down in 30-degree weather, blasting “Chasing Heather Crazy” by Guided By Voices, and fist-pumping the air outside the window?…

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Spirited Away

Living in Ohio is frustrating for booze enthusiasts. We are what is called a “control state,” meaning the Ohio government decides what liquor is available to be sold in stores. For the last decade, this…

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Booze Traveler

Cocktail anyone? I can thank the Boy Scouts of America for teaching me two things – the smell of the campfire will always mask the smell of the cigarettes you smuggled in your first aid kit, and…

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Booze, Just For You

What should I drink? (The most oft-asked question from guest to barkeep) How was your day? (The most oft-asked question from barkeep to guest) The answers to the first question are myriad, and the answers…

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Life After Bourbon

A bourbon barrel is something like a living piece of art, part paintbrush and part canvas. It’s active in the distillation process, infusing color, character, and flavor into the whiskey, and it’s also a work of…

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Soda Time

It all started with cola. That’s according to John Lynch, the owner (along with his wife Jennifer) of Rambling House Soda Pop on East Hudson Street in the University District. After working in a brewery…

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