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Lokal Cold Brew in Columbus, OH on July 8, 2016.
Lokal Cold Brew in Columbus, OH on July 8, 2016.

A Taste of Indonesia

Somewhere on a sunny farm in Indonesia, a farmer is planting the seed for your next cup of coffee—and Lokal Cold Brew wants to make sure you drink it right. Sam Ryo and Winny Tan,…

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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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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…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Proust: Hoof Hearted

Everyday one of my friends posts some sort of questionnaire on Facebook. Name your 20 favorite albums/books/movies; leave a memory of us; if you were an animal, which would you be? These are irritating, but…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

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…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

The Anti-Cocktail

Combine locally-distilled gin, St. Germain, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, egg whites, and Cointreau in a cocktail shaker. Shake without ice for one minute, then add ice and shake for two minutes. Strain into a powdered sugar-rimmed…

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Wine and Divine

Meeting a friend for a drink has turned into much more that a sip and chat. On any given night in watering holes across the city, there are trivia events, participatory comedy bits, drunk spelling…

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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 Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Nocino

A little over a year ago, some eagle-eyed S&B readers may recall seeing our resident imbiber Chris Manis fist-pumping through the frozen streets to the tune of “Chasing Heather Crazy” by Guided By Voices. Although…

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Drink Local

I’ve been accused of many things, most I’d rather not share in a public forum. However, the title of Coffee Cup Queen is one that I don’t mind putting out there. Others might say Coffee…

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Coffee Talk: Nitro

Java Central in Westerville is a location scout’s dream of a coffee shop. Situated on the corner of State street and a charming brick alley, right across from Otterbein College, the location has a variety…

Photo by Maddie McGarvey
Photo by Maddie McGarvey

Gaming During the Game

Sometimes you throw a couple of random, good ingredients together and find that they work surprisingly well—kettle chips on a chili dog or poutine with French fries. You can count Clintonville’s new Old Skool in…

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Nooze: March

Over in Franklinton things are going just swimmingly for Land Grant Brewing Co., now in its second year of operation, so it seems fitting that they would release the second addition to their (life) aquatic…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Distinct Hoofbeats

It’s a balmy January morning. 11:30 to be exact. My companion and I thought we’d arrive early—only to park a literal half-mile away on a rural stretch of Marengo and enter a queue that snaked…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
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
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.”…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

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…

Photos by Chris Casella
Photos by Chris Casella

Bar Bet

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…

Photos by Chris Casella
Photos by Chris Casella

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…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

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,…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

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…

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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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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…

Photo by Chris Casella
Photo by Chris Casella

Altered Ales

One of the toughest jobs for any craft brewery is maintaining the delicate balance of new and exciting beers for your diehard fans, collectors, and craft fanatics—and also a more profitable, easier to sell stable…

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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…

Photos by Chris Casella
Photos by Chris Casella

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…

Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photos by Megan Leigh Barnard

The Eggman Cometh

Development seems to come hot and heavy in certain parts of town. The corner of Oak and 18th in Olde Towne East is certainly a burgeoning oasis in an oft-forgotten and mischaracterized section of the…

Photos by Chris Casella
Photos by Chris Casella

Bar Bet: Mustard

While writing for a local magazine may not afford me the unique opportunities that a national publication may provide, I have had my fair share of adventures, and encounters while doing my job. I don’t…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard
Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

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…

Photo by Adam Barhan/Creative Commons
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…

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