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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,…

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…

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…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

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…

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;…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

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…

Photo by Jodi Miller

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…

Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

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…

Photo by Chris Casella

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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