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Pour ‘Em Up: 10 Beers You Gotta Try During Craft Beer Week

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While we will take an excuse to crack open a cold craft beer, sometimes we still need a little direction. Walking through that beer cooler at Kroger is both exciting and overwhelming so just imagine making your way through Craft Beer Week when there’s 55 different local brewers dishing out some of the best booze and bubbly in the state on May 12 at Huntington Park.

We’re taking some of the stress out of your decision making process with this list. It wasn’t an easy job, but someone had to try these beers. We’re just doing it for the sake of journalism… or something like that.

1.) Yellow Springs Brewery Boat Show IPA

Citrusy. Creamy. Easy to gulp down. You can’t really ask for much more than that when it comes to a beer. It’s the IPA that even IPA haters can get behind.

2.) Platform Beer Co.’s Bucket of Gloves Hazy IPA

We have a theory that the hazier your IPA is, the better it’ll taste. Don’t believe us? Keep drinking hazy IPAs and find one that’ll prove us wrong.

3.) Jackie O’s RazzWheat

Whether you’re with your significant other who absolutely despises beer (why are you two still together???) or hanging with one of your friends that is a newbie to the beer game, Jackie O’s RazzWheat is the perfect beer whose flavor toes the line between being a craft beer and a mead.

4.) Barley’s Brewing Company Blood Thirst Wheat

Maybe you think blood oranges are just another fad coming out of California, and maybe you’re right. But that doesn’t make this Blood Thirst Wheat any less delicious. Try one and tell us you aren’t running back for refills.

5.) Rhinegeist Press Tart

Hey, beer hipsters. Here’s that sour beer you’ve been searching for on the menu. Make sure you take a nice photo of it on portrait mode before you post it up to your Instagram story.

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6.) Fat Head’s Brewery Bumble Berry

We want this summery beer and we want it by the damn growler full.

7.) Lineage Brewing Midnight Sickle: Russian Imperial Stout

Don’t let that warm weather scare you away from putting down a heavy beer. It’ll kind of be like drinking a milkshake—a really thick, dark, and boozy Russian milkshake.

8.) Four String Brewing Co. Confluence IPA

The beer was made in honor of this year’s CBW in collaboration with a few other local brewers as well. If it was made especially for a week dedicated to beer, you know it’s gonna be good. (It’s also a hazy IPA which only further proves our point from earlier…)

9.) Mad Tree Brewing Co. 2018 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Axis Mundi American Super Stout w/ Coffee+Vanilla

I got drunk just saying the beer’s name three times fast.

10.) Columbus Brewing Co. Bodhi

Is it BOH-DEE? Or BOH-DI? I don’t know either. I just want another one.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled the Columbus Brewing Company beer as “bohdi.” The proper spelling is “Bodhi.”

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Kick off the weekend with Barroluco’s block party

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Need Friday lunch plans? How about a latin-inspired block party?

Now that warm weather is upon us, downtown Argentinian concept Barroluco is celebrating its grand opening with a block party this weekend.

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Known for South American favorites such as empanadas and paella, Barroluco’s first brick and mortar location opened back in December at the former location of El Arepazo Latin Grill at 47 N. Pearl St. Barroluco’s original food truck also remains in operation.

Photo by Emma Kate Low

The alley behind Pearl St. will be closed off for a ribbon-cutting ceremony today (Friday) at 11:00AM, with a block party to follow. Specials and giveaways will be available through Saturday, April 27 in honor of the opening festivities.

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North Star Short North getting a whole lot bigger, boozier

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The Northstar is growing! No, not the sky’s biggest star, but rather, Short North’s organic New American kitchen.

This year marks the restaurant’s 15 anniversary, and owners Kevin Malhame, Katy Malhame, and Darren Malhame have decided that it’s high time to update. Conveniently, the Malhame’s have held a lease at 945 N High St.—right next door to Northstar at 951 N High St.—for some time now and are ready to put it to use, reports Columbus Business First.

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The space will allow for an additional 1,000 square feet of dining room and, more excitingly, a full bar with wine, spirits, and dozens of Ohio beers on tap.

Work is slated to begin this summer. The restaurant will remain open during the expansion.

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Beer for Breakfast: Start the day at 4 Columbus breweries

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Is there such a thing as “too early” for a beer? We would humbly submit that no, there isn’t.

While everyone else is waiting until noon, raise a toast to the sunrise with these breakfast-themed creations from some of Columbus’ top breweries.

Note: always drink responsibly. We don’t want any angry calls from your boss saying you showed up to work completely tossed. Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Wolf’s Ridge |215 N 4th St

The brewmaster at Wolf’s Ridge is clearly a strong believer in popping off in the AM. “Cinnamon Toast Brunch” – a cinnamon-infused twist on the brewery’s staple cream ale, is delicious at any time of the day. Need something with a little more kick to get you moving? Wolf’s Ridge cellar reserve bottle offering, “’17 All The Breakfast,” is an imperial breakfast-style ale that clocks in at 10.8% ABV.

Homestead Beer Co. | 811 Irving Wick Dr W, Heath

Columbus Beer Week is a celebration of the many, many great beers available throughout central Ohio. If you stand any chance of sampling them all, breakfast brewskis are a must. Luckily, Homestead Beer Co. has you covered with a Beer Week concoction that will take you back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons and rainbow-colored milk. Prepare yourself for Homestead’s Cocoa Pebbles porter, “Yabba Dabba Brew.”

Hoof Hearted Brewing | 850 N 4th St

Like their neighbors Wolf’s Ridge up the street, Hoof Hearted offers a sudsy take on cinnamon toast crunch. At 10.5% ABV, “Miracle Toast” will either start your day off on a strong note, or send you back to bed until noon.

Though not explicitly marketed as a breakfast beer, Hoof Hearted’s “Fitness Freak,” an imperial stout with coffee, vanilla and maple syrup added, has all of the morning-time flavors you crave. At a whopping 14%, it’s also a surefire way to transition from brunch to nap time.

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Platform | 408 N 6th St

If you don’t think a peanut butter cream puff from Schmidt’s qualifies as a breakfast item, what are you doing with your life? Cleveland-based Platform pays homage to a Columbus institution with the release of their “Schmidt’s Peanut Butter Fudge Puff” brew. This maibock style beer boasts a respectable 7.1% ABV – just enough for some AM fun without derailing your whole day.

What’s your go-to morning brew? Let us know in the comments!

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