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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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Bar Bet: Aloe Vera

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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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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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…

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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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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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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…

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Your Happy Place

Everybody loves to brag about their “bargain radar”—uncovering quality products on the cheap is why thrifting is such an exhilarating experience. Finding a dollar pair of Levi’s that fit just right can certainly make one’s…

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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…

Beer Buddies

You may wonder why this list exists. And why should you care about what beers I like to drink? After all, I hold no official title of beer expert (I should totally get my cicerone…

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Old Man Liver

A big band in the background plays through a haze of cigar smoke. Suits and receding slicked-back hairlines populate the lane I sway through toward the bar. Smoothly, I order a fiery Scotch as I give…

Bar Bet

Back in November, we embarked on an experiment within the pages of our sister publication, (614) Magazine, or rather a dangerous game, one in which bartenders could have a little fun with ingredients, and each…

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Drink as Thieves

If the idea of an edible Manhattan or a spherified libation speaks to you, then so will pop-up speakeasy concept Four Thieves Thirst Parlour. Granted, it will also speak to you if you have no…

Grape Expectations

If you’ve sipped a great—or hell, even good—glass of wine in Columbus after 1960, there is a good chance that pour had some connection to Roger Gentile. Roger, who passed away last fall, was immediately…

Shot for Shot

Barfly (1987) Mickey Rourke interprets Charles Bukowski’s heaviest drinking days through a transformative performance. Watch as he fumbles through bar fights, odd jobs, drunk conversations, and even drunker love. The Bar: “The Golden Horn,” actually…

Booze News

Brewery Beat Pigskin Brewing Company opened in February. Originally planned to open near Grandview, the sports-centric brewery is located in downtown Gahanna. Lineage Brewing last month received their federal brewer’s permit. There are still state…

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Bar Bet: Ghost Pepper

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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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…

Booze News

Brewery Beat Columbus Brewing Company revealed plans for new branding, including new bottles and labels. The brewery is expanding later this year into a 50,000 square-foot production facility with a 30bbl brewhouse. Smokehouse Brewing Company…

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…

Cheers to the New Year!

Emily George, Lindey’s I believe that highballs are coming back in a big way. The concept is simple: spirit and mixer. There’s not much more to it. There aren’t fancy ingredients, obscure syrups, difficult-to-manufacture ingredients,…

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Bar Bet: Candy Canes

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…