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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…

Photo 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…

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…

The Power of Tea

Legend has it that Shen Nung, an old Chinese emperor and herbalist, preferred his water boiled prior to drinking it to help ensure cleanliness. While on a trip, his servant began to boil his water;…

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Wake Up and Smell the Snark!

The decline in traditional newspaper readership has done more than separate the populace from the powers that be, it’s also fractured the connection between two former morning-time partners: Coffee and comics. Which is why Columbus’s…

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From Cowtown to Coffeetown

Americans are an odd lot with fierce loyalties. We’ve long been picky about our pizza—even hostile over hot dogs. But less than a generation ago, coffee became cultish. Back when Pike Place in Seattle was…

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Mad Moon Rising

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. According to the men behind Mad Moon Cider, that phrase, a Benjamin Franklin adapation of an old proverb, refers to drinking, not eating apples—and fermented ones at…

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Cool Glass/Hot Wax

Each issue, Stock & Barrel sits down with a Columbus musician to talk about weird glasses, drinking, and their favorite drinking albums… Sam Brown Instrument: Drums, Guitar, Vocals Band Roster: New Bomb Turks, Gaunt, The…

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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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Punch (with a Kick)

Lets face it: your family functions are a lot more fun if everyone knocks back a few cups of the high-test stuff. A little alcohol makes your aunt/uncle’s mildly you-name-it-phobic comments to your girlfriend/boyfriend a…

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Whiskey Bent

Like any other, the alcohol industry has its trends. Rum-runners once ran rum. All the gin joints in all the world once poured the piney punch. Vodka took over in the 1970s and kept people…

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Cold-Blooded

Greg Butauski’s 23 years of experience in ice carving have resulted in a 2005 World Championship, a position as captain for Team USA at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, a title of Certified…

Frozen in Time

Presented by Chris Manis with promotional consideration provided by Clinebell ice machines and Prohibition “Can I get it on one of those big cubes?” I get this request at least five times a night. The inquiry…

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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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…

Booze News

Brewery Beat Temperance Row Brewing has opened in uptown Westerville—its name a nod to the neighborhood’s prohibition past. The brewery employs Scott Francis, original brewmaster at both Columbus Brewing Company and Barley’s Ale House, as…

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Winter Warmers

This year’s (614) Holiday Cocktail Competition presented by Campari was bigger than ever. The Gallerie Bar and Bistro played host to 24 bars from around the city, and beyond the outer belt. 200 people attended…

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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…

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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Hopped Up

Beer and coffee are the good cop/bad cop of the imbibing world, and the two have been tag-teaming us for decades. Beer puts on a show, threatening a hangover with no parole and striking fear…

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A Long Time Brewing

Tired, Adam Benner and Walt Keys, sit happily, visibly drained from yet another late night at Land-Grant Brewing Company. Really though, it isn’t just one late night wearing on the pair, but two-and-a-half years of…

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Breaking Beer

Brewing high-alcohol beers is illegal, but dreaming about them is not. Although 12 percent ABV is as strong as beers are allowed to be in Ohio, local brewers are drunk on creativity at the possibility…

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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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