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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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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

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…

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…

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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…

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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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

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…

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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…

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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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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…

Photo by Chris Casella

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…

Photo by Chris Casella

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…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

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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