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The Six Pack: The best local beers for your tailgating cooler

Mitch Hooper

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Buckeye football is in full swing as the city prepares for more than 100,000 fans to pour into the city. But, perhaps more importantly, what will these fans be pouring in their Solo cups from the parking lot? If you answered Bud Light, you came to the wrong place, my friends.

Here are six local beers you can add to your cooler for this weekend that are perfect for tailgating.

1.) Hilltop Lager

An obvious choice, but a must-mention. The beloved lager is back on shelves and it’s the perfect switch up to anyone who prefers a straight up beer taste. If you’ve never had one (where have you been the past several years?), think PBR but with more class. It’s full bodied, and easy to slug back in the 16 oz. cans.

2.) Seventh Son Humulus Nimbus Strong Pale Ale

If you’re an avid IPA drinker, but your friends aren’t so much, Humulus Nimbus is a solid meet-in-the-middle. This beer features a relatively low IBU (international bitter unit) of 53—to contrast, the Proliferous IPA has an IBU of 85. While still on the hoppy side, this beer maintains a malty flavor to balance everything out.

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3.) Elevator Red, Wheat, And Blue Farmhouse Ale – Summer Saison

Though football season has kicked off and fall is just around the corner, Elevator’s Red, Wheat, And Blue Farmhouse Ale Summer Saison is a great addition to all coolers in the parking lot. The beer is a nice balance of sweetness thanks to the brewing process including raspberries and blueberries, but not so overpowering that your stomach hurts after drinking two. Just be careful, these are delicious enough to slam back all day and that 5.5% ABV can sneak up on you.

4.) Fat Head Bumbleberry Honey Blueberry Ale

Reigning from Cleveland, Fat Head’s Bumbleberry Honey Blueberry Ale is just as tasty as it sounds. Similarly to Elevator’s brew, this beer features a nice balance of sweetness from the blueberries and honey, but the malty flavors keep it still tasting like a beer. Pro tip: bring some frozen blueberries with you to the game and plop a few into your beer.

5.) North High Brewing Cover Crop Ale

So maybe you prefer the macrobrews because they are easy to kick back, and the low ABV means you can sip all day without hitting a wall too early. You’re wise for drinking this way, and North High’s Cover Crop is a great switch up if this is your style. It’s a very easy-to-drink ale with an ABV of 4.5%, and it will (hopefully) have you saying good bye to the “King” Of Beers in no time.

6.) Land-Grant Greenskeeper Session IPA

No tailgating beer list is complete without a mention of Land-Grant, and the Greenskeeper Session IPA is perfect for an afternoon in the sun. Its IBU is even lower than Humulus Nimbus—44—and a 4.7% ABV is right up the alley of a long day of drinking. With a hoppy flavor to satisfy IPA fans, and a medium body to satisfy—well, non-IPA fans—it’s another great example of meeting in the middle.

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3 cocktails to try at home with High Bank Distillery’s new Professor Rum

Mitch Hooper

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Making cocktails at home is hard—that’s a statement we won’t get much debate from with the drinkers at home. Maybe it’s the magic the bartenders in this city wield that make our drinks so damn delicious, or maybe it’s just our lack thereof. But sometimes all you need is a few tricks of the trade to become a master of your own home bar, and that’s where High Bank Distillery comes in.

Fresh from the still comes High Bank’s newest bottle release: Professor Rum. Stock & Barrel stopped by the facility, kitchen, and bar to see how we could concoct our very own cocktails at home with the rum. Here are three options for you to try. Or of course, just simply stroll down to HBD and have one of their cocktail wizards whip you up a delicious elixir.

Rum Julius

1.5 oz. Vanilla Infused Professor Rum .75 oz. Demerara Simple Syrup
1 oz. Half and Half
2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Garnish with orange zest and mint sprig.

Photos: Brian Kaiser

Peat's Me

1.5 oz. Professor Rum
.5 oz. Laphroaig
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 2 Dashes Cardamom Bitters

Instructions: Combine ingredients in a mixing glass. Stir. Pour over a big ice cube and garnish with lemon peel.

5 Stormy Nights

2 oz. Chinese spiced rum
.25 oz. lime juice
.25 oz simple syrup
Goslings Ginger Beer to Float

Instructions: Combine rum, lime, and simple syrup in a shaker and shake. Pour over ice in a copper mug and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Where’s the beef? At 614 Burger + Beer Week, coming soon!

Regina Fox

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On the 18th of September, some great folks—the powers at be only know who—determined this would be the day humankind celebrates the juicy, succulent, greasy creation we've come to know and love as the cheeseburger.

And on October 7 through 12, your good friends here at (614) decided those would be the days we'd celebrate burgers and beer here in Columbus!

Burger + Beer Week, presented by (614) Magazine and Ohio Beef Council, is your chance to enjoy $6 burgers and local beer specials at 75+ of Columbus’ top restaurants:

Some restaurants will discount their menu mainstay burger for the event while others will whip up entirely new creations you can only get during Burger + Beer Week.

And thanks to our friends at Columbus Brewing Company, Seventh Son Brewing, Platform Beer Co - Columbus, and Land-Grant Brewing Company, you'll be able to greasily grab for a specially-priced pint to wash down your meal.

But, perhaps the best part of Burger + Beer Week is the opportunity to give back. Now through October 12, you can enter to receive dinner for four people at six Burger & Beer Week restaurants plus a craft beer gift package, with each unique entry equally a $0.25 donation to the Columbus Diaper Coalition!

Be sure to RSVP to the event and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for loads of burger giveaways, like this one we have going on right now with Ted's Montana Grill!

Burger & Beer Week is made possible thanks to: Ohio Beef Council, Gordon Food Service, Trinity Homes, Lamar Advertising of Columbus, OH, Financial Providence Group, The Brew 105.7, WNCI 97.9, The Wasserstrom Company, BMI Federal Credit Union, Stock and Barrel, Yelp Columbus, and 614now.

**No tickets are needed for this event but you can view participating restaurants & menus as they're added at EAT614.com soon!

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10 deals and steals for National Cheeseburger Day

Regina Fox

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Google defines a cheeseburger as "a hamburger with a slice of cheese on it," but we all know it's so much more.

It's an extension of your dominant hand during the summer months. It's something you can look forward to grilling up after a long workweek. It's your favorite food.

Today, we celebrate all this and more with National Cheeseburger Day.

Below are deals and steals to take advantage of on this glorious holiday. Happy eating, Columbus!

Applebee's | Multiple locations

Classic Bacon Cheeseburger and endless fries for $6.99

https://www.facebook.com/applebees/posts/10157546306359334:0

Red Robin | Multiple locations

A Gourmet Cheeseburger and Bottomless Steak Fries are just $5 with the purchase of any alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage.

Ted's Montana Grill | Multiple locations

Burger + fresh-cut fries deal for just $6. Click here for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

https://www.facebook.com/tedsmontanagrill/photos/a.105938556277/10157371679961278/?type=3

Dairy Queen | Multiple locations

Dairy Queens offering two for $4 Super Snack deal, which includes mix-and-match snacks including choice of a cheeseburger, a small sundae, fries, pretzel sticks, or chicken tenders.

https://www.facebook.com/dairyqueen/videos/751031365356013/

Burger Theory | 175 E Town St

You can get a free burger at all Burger Theory restaurants located in Holiday Inn hotels, while supplies last.

Wendy's | Multiple locations

You can get a free Dave's Single with any Wendy's purchase with an offer on the mobile app. The deal lasts until September 30.

McDonald's | Multiple locations

Download the chain's app to get a sandwich for $1, including Big Macs! The offer is available until September 30.

Houlihan's | 3150 Tremont Rd, Upper Arlington

Get the Houlihan’s Burger with cheese and fries for only $5.

Bareburger| Multiple locations

From 3pm- 6pm, you can get a BOGO deal on Bareburger's American or vegan Golden State burger.

Burger King | Multiple Locations

Get a cheeseburger for 59 cents with a mobile order on the chain’s app. Limit one coupon per person.

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