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Photo by Collins Laatsch.

Closer To God

Columbus levels up their patio game. VASO | 6540 Riverside Dr. Look, we know that it gets cliche to say something or someplace provides a whole new view of the city, but atop VASO, it doesn’t…

Photo by Brian Kaiser.

Booze Beyond The ‘Belt

Three suburban bars upgrading the strip mall set. If you want to gauge the influence Columbus has over the region’s culture, you need look no further than those little communities that lie at the far…

Photo by Tommy Feisel.

A Bridge To Brilliance

Back before Columbus craft beer exploded, Gordon Biersch was the city’s test tank for a new era of brewers. Gordon Biersch is unfairly overlooked in most craft beer discussions. This is largely because the “chain”…

Photo by Brian Kaiser

Straight Up

Laidback cocktail bars juxtapose class with character. I once was in love with a girl who had bright pink hair and a taste for craft cocktails. She was 4’11,” wore platform combat boots, and swore…

Light Years Ahead

Dan Cochran loves ComFest. From his hard partying teenage years to these days, where he lays out a big family blanket to take in some live music with his kids, the annual Community Festival is…

Dog Days of Summer

Quirky Scottish brewery makes splash with two new pubs. The grand opening of a new BrewDog bar isn’t announced with the tolling of bells or the cutting of a ribbon. Instead, on opening day you’ll…

Olde Town Tavern

Sunlight Savings Time

The magazine you’re holding right now is likely sparkling under the warm rays of the sun. Cool. It snowed the day I finished this. Which is why we know you’ll appreciate the annual Groundhog Day-like…

10 Pack

In honor of National Beer Day, a sampler of national and local classics. We all love craft beer. Even if you’re not really into the taste of beer, the friendly, inclusive culture that surrounds the…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

FAQ: Pants

There’s plenty of colorful personalities in the Columbus food and drink scene. And we’re setting out to capture them—one dish/drink at a time. This month, it’s the illustrious/mysterious veteran bartender we only know by one…

Beck Tavern by Collins Laatsch

Old School/New School

Welcome to a new series at Stock & Barrel, where we pair two establishments that highlight the restaurant/bar scene in Columbus—one with a younger footprint, and another steeped in character. The Rules:  Choose one destination for…

A Well-Crafted Escape

It’s like falling off the edge of this world, and landing on a strange new planet—a flat one, populated with silos and steeples. One minute you’re driving through the rolling hills northwest of Columbus near…

Elevator by Megan Leigh Barnard

Brew Over

There are some myths about the craft beer business. A lot of people think it’s easy, which explains why we’ve seen such a tremendous surge in new breweries not just around Central Ohio, but the…

Roof with a View

Rooftop patios are nothing new. But the trouble always tends to be the view. Downtown Nashville has some cluttered so closely together, the only thing you can really see past the ledge? Another rooftop patio….

Photo By Brian Kaiser

Beyond Beer

Beer might just be the perfect gift. Unlike the kitchen kitsch, no-good knickknacks, and other wrapped crap we tend to exchange, beer is simply shared and enjoyed, leaving nothing behind but fond memories and a…

Photo By Collins Laatsch

Pie In The Sky

We’ve spent much of our adult lives around pizza and whiskey, yet, somehow Chad Kessler is currently the only one we know savvy enough smash them together. The owner/artist/skater/alchemist behind Columbus craft distillery is proudly…

Photo By Megan Leigh Barnard

Pucker Up

A few centuries ago, sour beer was just called beer. In those days, all beers were inherently sour due to the lack of proper sanitation practices that were eventually developed to keep extra yeast and…

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Sour Batch Kids

It’s all tart on tap at Pretentious Barrel House It wasn’t all too long ago that you couldn’t be pretentious if you were a beer drinker. In America, the can-crushing culture of cheap beer—cracking open…

Far from the Tree

Apple Brandy isn’t exactly new, but it’s not widespread either, and craft distillers haven’t rushed into this unique, but delicious genre of the distilling arts. Part of the holdup? Time. A successful craft distillery has…

Raising the Bar

There’s something intoxicatingly wonderful about the perfectly placed cocktail: a cold gin and tonic on a humid summer night, a glass of rye whisky on the rocks around the fire, or an ambitious coconut rum…

Biting the Dog

Is BrewDog the real deal, or just a glammed up boondoggle from Scotland? We asked founder James Watt to set the record straight. Now that BrewDog has finally opened up their ballyhooed Canal Winchester operation,…

Last Call

“Sober” is a term that doesn’t typically mingle with the bar industry—where the late nights and hard days are not just part of the gig, but in many ways a celebrated aspect of the culture….

by Megan Leigh Barnard

Sip and Save

What if I told you there was a place you could go where you could try as many different types of wine as you wanted, and have it served to you by fancy robots from…

Wine Print

“I don’t like this wine.” “Oh, good!” I put on wine tastings and events in and around Columbus, sometimes four or five per week. The above exchange happens all the time, often to the bewilderment…

Imagine, Imbibe

Oh, Annie Pierce—you sure know to make a magazine feel smart. We already knew you were one of the best bartenders around—which is why we asked you to be on the latest cover of our…

Photo by Collins Laatsch

New View

Not sure if ya’ll have noticed or not, but the look of Columbus is changing—sometimes, seemingly from week to week. You know what hasn’t changed? Our love of the patio. Which means there’s a constant…

Photo by Tommy Feisel

Endless Summer

The American Happy Hour. Sandwich boards appear on sidewalks in the afternoon, touting cheap drinks for a limited time—$2 shots. $4 long islands. Half price wine and beer. It can often become a race against…

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