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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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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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