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Hilltop Rising: Popular lager making comeback this summer

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Four String Brewing Company’s Hilltop Lager hit the market in May of 2017, and was immediately welcomed into the hearts and livers of beer fans across the city. Finally Columbus had a crushable, refreshing, locally-brewed option to satisfy the IPA-averse masses.

Sadly, Four String’s flagship brew went the way of the dodo in October of 2018 when the company was forced to close due to financial hardships.

Now, thanks to an investment from a local “serial entrepreneur,” Columbus’ signature lager—as well as it’s light counterpart—will return to festival tents and store shelves this summer.

According to a press release issued last week, a group of Ohio investors lead by businessman Blake Squires have partnered with Four String’s Dan Cochran to launch Hilltop Brewing, which seeks to revive the Hilltop Lager and Hilltop Light Brands.

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“I felt it was important for those brands to live on. The response to Hilltop was incredible. Both the Hilltop Lager and Hilltop Light brands were still growing double digits the day we closed our doors,” Cochran said via the release. “I wanted to get it back to the market as quickly as possible.”

The new investors will work hand-in-hand with Cochran to ensure that the original Hilltop Lager recipe and brand ethos are preserved. Where the beer will produced is not yet known.

Your first chance to grab the newly-revived Hilltop Lager will be at this year’s Comfest, on June 28, 29, and 30 at Goodale Park. Cochran says cans should be appearing on store shelves by July 4.

For more information as it becomes available, visit www.hilltoplager.com

Excited to raise a glass of Hilltop again this summer, or have you moved on to another brand? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

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It’s Restaurant Week! Enter grand prize, view menus, make reservations

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It’s finally here! Happy Restaurant Week July 15-20! What’s Restaurant Week you ask? You must be new. Thats OK! We’ll get you up to speed and in the know.

This week, you can enjoy 3-course meals at 120+ of Columbus’ best restaurants for a fraction of the cost. Dig into deep discounts from local favorites such as City Barbeque with special menus starting at just $15! Restaurant Week is also your to scope out some of the swankiest spots in town on the cheap like Smith & Wollensky and Mezzo !

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Or, you could get meals for FREE if you’re the lucky winner of our grand prize! In our Restaurant Week giveaway, one lucky winner will receive a $500 Marathon Gift Card AND dinner for 4 at 5 Restaurant Week restaurants! Plus, 25 additional winners will receive dinner for 2 at a participating Restaurant Week restaurant!

Your giveaway entries could help you score big, but they also do good in the community. During Restaurant Week Columbus presented by (614) Magazine & Marathon Petroleum Corporation, $0.25 donation will be made to Pelotonia for each unique giveaway entry, up to $5,000.

To view menus, make reservations, and enter the grand prize giveaway, visit eat614.com. And be sure to keep an eye on 614’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for additional giveaways all week!

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Tuttle Mall getting a lot sweeter thanks to 2 newcomers

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Malls have changed a lot over the years. Remember Waldenbooks? Was KB Toys your go-to as a kid? Heck, even Sears will soon be nothing more than a memory.

While mall establishments are frequently lost to the sands of time, it’s rare that you see a former retailer return to a mall it’s already vacated once. Well brace yourselves, sweets fans, because a gooey, sugar-frosted favorite is making a comeback at Tuttle Mall.

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Of course we’re talking Cinnabon, which was last in operation at Tuttle some years ago, and is now listed as “coming soon” on the mall’s directory. But wait! As tempting as it will be to fill up on cinnamon rolls after this long absence, you’ll want to save room for this other coming attraction: it seems Duck Donuts is also setting up shop in Tuttle.

Hop on the treadmill and give your dentist a heads-up, mall lovers—sweets are back at Tuttle in a big way!

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Dive into Guy Fieri’s picks for best BBQ in nation, including one local spot

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Columbus native and mayor of Flavortown Guy Fieri has always had a soft spot for his hometown, especially its BBQ. He’s been around the country to enjoy some of the best food America has to offer for his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, but it’s right here in Columbus where some of the meats are being smoked: Ray Ray’s Hog Pit.

The Food Network recently posted a list of Fieri’s top barbecue picks from DDD including James Anderson’s smokin’ hot food truck.

Guy Fieri just named us to his “Best BBQ from DDD” list. Thanks for the massive honor Guy, come back and see us anytime. http://bit.ly/DDDBestBBQ

Posted by Ray Ray's Hog Pit on Thursday, July 18, 2019

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“Chef and Owner James Anderson raises his own pigs for the succulent smoked offerings at Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, a one-of-a-kind barbecue truck in Columbus, Ohio,” reads the Food Network description. “Guy tried the super-moist Mangalitsa Brat Burger and St. Louis Spare Ribs.”

Ray Ray’s was originally featured on the “College Town Champs” episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2017.

Click here to view Fieri’s 59 top BBQ picks.

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