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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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Hangover Easy(er)

A small part of me secretly likes hangovers. There’s something appealing about the idea that if you enjoy excess* then you should feel some pain. Otherwise, what’s to stop everyone from partying constantly? Remove hangovers from…

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Beer School

Tailgating is high art in these parts. With two NFL teams in the state, and three teams a manageable drive away, Columbus is at the epicenter of all things football. A little-known fact about this…

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Autumn Bomb(s)

Fall seasonal beers don’t have to be packed with pumpkin – ‘tis also the season for Oktoberfests and fresh hops! Here are three bombers to pick up at your nearest bottle shop. Enjoy while wearing…

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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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Raising the (Home) Bar

Brian Riegel wanted to have a drink 20,000 leagues under the sea, and he wasn’t going to take no for an answer. “I needed someone else who could tell me what’s possible and what’s not possible,…

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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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No Stone Unturned

Stone is going to put Columbus brewers under legitimate scrutiny. People traveling from St. Louis, Chicago, or Washington D.C. will care far less (or not at all) about the brewer’s humble beginnings in an OSU frat…

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California Dreamer

What do you do when your favorite wine style becomes overrun with variations that aren’t to your taste? Make your own. That’s what Scott Zanon, an Upper Arlington resident who runs a medical supply company,…

High Dive

We don’t love dive bars because they have old booths with stuffing coming out of them, or because our shoes stick to their floors. We love our dive bars because they are dependable and unchanging….

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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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Dream Seats

It’s summertime. It’s finally nice. So get your ass to at least one of these 10 outdoor oases. Milestone 229 229 S Civic Center, www.milestone229.com This “Jewel of the Mile” allows Columbusonians to have an…

Off the Grid

My GPS is confused. I’m a couple of miles east of the one-stoplight village that is Marengo, Ohio and Siri is in obstinate mode, insisting that I turn left down an uninhabited gravel path of…

King of Beers

Have you ever enjoyed a locally brewed craft beer in Columbus? Then you should buy Scott Francis a beer. Actually, you should probably buy him a couple rounds. Just about anyone who is anyone in…

Beertown, USA

They used to call us “Cowtown.” Lots of places have been saddled with that nickname, but it really had some traction when it came to Columbus. The city’s leaders weren’t keen on it, and a…

F*ck Off, Wine Snob!

Hello, Wine Snob. I’m going to assume that in some sense you’re honestly oblivious about how intensely arrogant and pretentious you come across to most people. I’m choosing to be charitable and imagine that you’re…

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Keep It Hid

Have you heard about Columbus’s Secret Speakeasy? Down the stairs of an historic building in Olde Worthington sits a sub rosa gem, hidden under cover of the late-dinner-hour clatter from the unknowing diners above. Muffled…

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Food Truck Wedding

Stock & Barrel contributor Jim Ellison and his wife Jamie (Paoloni) shut down a local brewery and threw the most local wedding of all-time; here they offer guidelines for doing it yourself. One night in…

Back to Basics

There were some rumblings when it closed. There were some rumblings when it re-opened. People fear change; it’s true. But fear not. Bodega is back, and it’s singing an all-new tune. Bodega has been a…

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A Great Strange Dream

Mike Conley is espousing his goals for Kafe Kerouac, the off-campus-but-not-campus-like coffee/club house. Keep the doors open, pay the bills, make sure the employees are compensated reasonably…it’s a pretty standard spiel for a small business…

Booze News

Brewery Beat In an issue dedicated to celebrating the ColumBEST, let’s kick off the booze news with the gold medal that Columbus Brewing Company brought home from the 2014 World Beer Cup for their Uncle…

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