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People Magazine thinks ice cream in Columbus is among the nation’s best

614now Staff



We already knew we had the best ice cream flavors in the biz but the Food edition of People Magazine has confirmed it. They put out a list of the 10 best ice cream flavors this summer and two of the ice creams come from shops we have right in our backyards. We’re not math whizzes but that’s like.. 20 percent of the best ice cream in America right here in C-bus. Can we get a, “hell yeah?”

It’s no surprise that our girl Jeni sniped a place on that list. Her mango buttermilk frozen yogurt came in at #6. Another crowd favorite around here, Graeter’s, made their debut at #8 with black raspberry chocolate chip. These Columbus and Ohio-based creameries were among nationally-recognized brands like Ben & Jerrys and Haagen-Dazs.

The #1 spot was reserved for a flavor called strawberry honey balsamic with black pepper from a Portland, OR shop called Salt + Straw.

What do you all think– did the editors at People make the right calls?

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One For Fall: 7 local breweries break out newest autumn beers

Mitch Hooper



It’s the return of the holy trifecta of F’s: football, fall, and Festbiers. As the seasons change in the Capital City, brewers are also changing up what’s on tap and on shelves for our consumption. Here is a look at what they’ve been working on for autumn.


Seventh Son has made a name for itself by consistently producing high-quality craft brews and this fall is the return of one of its more popular annual styles, the Chester Copperpot.

“This fall we’ll be releasing Chester Copperpot in cans for the first time,” explained Colin Vent, brewmaster at Seventh Son. “We’ve brewed this beer off and on over the last five years, sometimes as a draft only and sometimes released in large format bottles. This will be the first time we’ve canned it. Its o official style would be a Doppelsticke Rauch Altbier. Which is German for a strong, dark, smoky ale.”

There’s also a few more beers on draft at the taproom which Vent says will be great for the autumn season.

“We’re also releasing our first Oktoberfest, draft only,” Vent said. “Our brown ale, Stone Fort, has all the flavors one would look for in the fall, even though it’s a year-round offering from us.”


While many people will be raving over all the new pumpkin style beers coming out in the fall, Platform is taking a different approach with sweet potatoes. It might sound a bit daunting, but this Platform Yammy Yammy is a sweet potato ale featuring a slightly spiced taste thanks to flavorings like nutmeg plus a subtle caramel flavor with a smooth finish. It also helps that this medium-bodied ale packs a punch with an ABV of 7.7%—something we can all use more of in the fall.

Photos: Brian Kaiser


If you haven’t noticed by now, it’s Oktoberfest season and CBC is here to get in on the action as well. This 5.3% ABV brew is slightly more potent than a typical lager, and it pays homage to the German beers that came before it. The brewers at CBC import specialty malts to help create a medium-bodied brew, and the amber appearance of the Oktoberfest signals the malty flavors to be expected while sipping. Be warned, though—this beer is only available until October, so don’t miss out!


Standing as one of the newer breweries on the block is Parsons North Brewing Company. Just like Seventh Son, it will be releasing its very own Oktoberfest-style beer which will be available mid- September in the taproom.

“We have our Festbier lagering away, currently, and it will be ready by mid-September, just in time for Germany’s Oktoberfest,” said Seth Draeger, owner and brewmaster at Parsons North Brewing Company.

And if you prefer the insanely-high ABV that comes with bourbon barrel brews, Parsons North and Watershed have collaborated to satisfy your cravings. But that’s not all that’s brewing up at Parsons.

“In the wings, we also have our Watershed Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (Release Party TBA), a fresh batch of Belgian Dubbel, getting ready to come back on, as well as a Doppelbock planned to be brewed, soon! And of course our smooth American Stout is still on tap!”


Teaming up with a local coffee roaster, Terra Java, Nocterra currently has their Baltic Porter boasting an ABV of around 8% on draft in the taproom, but that’s not that’s all in store for the brew. In the fall, they will be adding some variation to the beer with coconut and vanilla, said James Knott, partner and director of marketing for Nocterra. The beer will be available on draft as well as in bottles inside the taproom for anyone looking to take the porter home.

“The coffee blends so well with the porter, and it has a rich baltic flavor that blends with it,” Knott said. “This is the very first beer we brewed at Nocterra—on our very first brew day, we brewed this.”

It helps to have two former home brewers—Bruce Vivian and Brian Duncan—in the back bringing experience and expertise to the table.

Additionally, Nocterra will be adding a Festbier to its taps in celebration of the event, Noctoberfest on the weekend of October 26. It’s a 4.5% ABV brew, but instead of being a lager Oktoberfest, it will be an ale.

“Because this is a festival-type atmosphere that we are going for, we wanted it to be a little lower in alcohol so everybody can consume it and be able to hang out for a while,” Knott explained.


Keeping things in the Oktoberfest theme, Wolf’s Ridge will also have their very own Oktoberfest Marzen Lager in bottles on shelves. This brew features an amber color with hints of caramel and malt. While refreshing, it still has a toasty finish, making it the perfect beer to sip while by a camp re or on the nearest patio. The timing of this beer pairs nicely with Wolf’s Ridge’s Oktoberfest taking place at the taproom on Sept. 14. Here you’ll find the aforementioned Oktoberfest Marzen Lager, German food, and live music to keep you entertained throughout the night.


Let’s take a break from the Oktoberfest beers for a second—trust us, there are more to come. Land-Grant is known and loved for its beers which are great for kicking back as you watch Buckeye football kick off, and this Blackberry Jamble is no different. While many of the beers on this list are featuring a more “beer-forward” flavors, this is definitely a fruit-forward flavor. The blackberries used in this sweet and slightly tart brew call back to the season we are now slowly shifting out of. So long, summer!

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You’d be whack to miss the Mac & Cheese Fest this weekend

Regina Fox



I've had the pleasure of trying loads of different foods in my life—some even from different continents—but I have to admit, mac and cheese is still one of my top picks. And so, it might sound cheesy, but the Columbus Mac and Cheese Festival has become one of my favorite events to attend.

The Columbus Mac and Cheese Festival at Easton Town Center features creative mac and cheese creations from some of the best restaurants in Columbus. Your ticket grants you entry to the festival and full access to samplings courtesy of the following restaurant partners:

The fest also features live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and beverages for purchase. Tickets are on sale now and start at just $25 for adults.

Proceeds from the event benefit the adolescent and young adult cancer program at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. More than $210,000 has been raised through the Mac and Cheese Festival to date.

The Mac and Cheese Festival is going on this Friday, September 27 from 4pm- 8pm at Easton Town Center. Click here for more information.

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Too Good to Eat: Hubbard Grille’s Short Rib and Shrimp shareable




If looks could krill, you would be on the floor. Literally.

Hubbard Grille's Short Rib and Shrimp shareable dish will knock you right out of your seat because it will hit you hard and fast with flavor and more.

Photo by Angela Lee of @findyourfork

Imagine this: the most tender and delicious pulled beef short rib layered on a bed of the creamiest and cheesiest white cheddar grits with tomato jus. Top the bite-sized goodness off with a perfectly tender and seasoned prawn, add some color and texture with delicately placed microgreens and take that first bite.

With that first bite, you’ve just experienced one of the most delicious flavor profiles that the Columbus food scene has to offer. Second bite and your taste buds are just begging, pleading, and crying for more. Third bite and you are already shamelessly scraping off every last drop, speck, and flavor from the dish with your spoon.

You might actually even pick up the dish with your own two hands and unashamedly lick the plate clean. You might also start bargaining with your fellow table mates to negotiate the remaining pieces on the plate.

No judgement here. We have all done it at one point. You gotta do what you gotta do, am I right?

Hubbard Grille is located at 793 N. High St. in the Short North. To learn more + view the menu, visit

@findyourfork your average noodle connoisseur, taco devourer, and mimosa lover. When she's not busy snapping pictures of her latest yummy foodie adventures, you'll find her at your local coffee shop casually relaxing with a pastry in hand and a latte in the other.

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