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Worth The Drive: Make your trip to Findlay, OH sweet with Dietsch Brothers chocolate

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You may know Findlay, OH because it is home to the Marathon Petroleum headquarters, or you may have heard it been referred to as “Flag City U.S.A.” But, everyone knows Dietsch Brothers is what really put the small city on the map.

For over 80 years, people have been traveling to Northwest Ohio from far and near just to get a taste of the famed candies and ice cream at Dietsch.

Upon arriving at either location of the quaint, family-owned shop, you’ll be greeted warmly by the chocolatiers and scoop scientists behind the counter. The smell of baking waffle cones and melting milk chocolate will remind you that you must make a choice: ice cream or candy?

Should you choose the ice cream route, there are dozens of homemade hard-dip flavors to pick from including Buckeye, Chocolate Pretzel Caramel Swirl, Mackinac Island Fudge, Maple Nut, and many more. You can also find specialty treats like pies, cakes, and ice cream sandwiches.

Dietsch has been in the ice cream game long enough to know nothing pairs better with a couple scoops of sweet cream than a glass of ice cold water. Be sure to grab some from the tap at the end of the counter before finding a booth to enjoy your treat.

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If you choose the candy route, you’ll be entering into a world of pure imagination. Ganache, peanut brittle, candy buckeyes, specialty popcorn, truffles, and more adorn the shelves and surfaces of the Dietsch candy shop. You can’t make a wrong choice (unless you leave empty handed), but it would be a mistake to miss out on two specific goodies: caramels and chocolate-covered pretzels.

Dietsch’s individually-wrapped caramel chews are what sweet tooths crave and what orthodontists fear. They’re soft, buttery, and totally decadent. I bet you can’t eat just one.

The pretzels are by far Dietsch’s most popular offering year after year.

The candy masters start by personally picking up pretzels at a nearby factory to guarantee maximum freshness. Then, the lightly-salted pretzels are engulfed by sweet, melty chocolate—sweet and smooth on the outside, salty and crunchy on the inside.

Customers can select from either milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white frosted, or a combination of them all!

No matter if you choose the path of ice cream or candy on your sweet adventure to Dietsch Brothers in Findlay, Ohio, you will not be led astray. In fact, you’d probably make Edward Dietsch and his brothers Chris and Don, who opened the shop so long ago, pretty proud if you left the shop with a cone in one hand and a caramel in the other.

To learn more about Dietsch Brothers, visit dietschs.com.

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Rye In July: The Ward 8

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We partnered with Brown-Forman, Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring a fun twist to your summer cocktails. Rye in July is your go-to weekly drink feature to make while stuck at home for ideas of cocktails. We are featuring The Ward 8 in today's video! This thirst-quenching, summer-ready fresh cocktail is what you need on a hot day like today!

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Barrels, get your whiskey barrels here!

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Middle West Spirits has just announced a new sale program to unload their growing surplus of whiskey barrels. Barrels will be available for pickup and sale from their warehouse, 470 E. Starr Ave., Sat., July 18,  8 a.m. to noon.

Middle West will sell 30-gallon and 53-gallon barrels for $50 and $75 respectively. You may also pick up barrel staves for $3. 

The barrels for sale were used for either bourbon, rye, or wheat whiskey, and the barrel type can be specified upon purchase. 

Whiskey barrels, and bourbon barrels, in particular, have a long history of reuse in spirit aging internationally. This is a wonderful opportunity for home distillers to snag a barrel for their own experimentation. 

And if your skills lie outside of the world of homebrewing, there are more than enough craft possibilities in one of these recycled barrels.. With projects ranging from bars, to chairs and tables, the DIY-er will have endless options for creativity. 

Barrels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can also be reserved by emailing the barrel size and whiskey type to [email protected]

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Westerville’s Wine Bistro has a new name—reopens Thursday with makeover

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Even though City Brands announced that the Wine Bistro in Worthington wouldn’t be returning, there were initial rumors that the Westerville location also wouldn’t be making a comeback.

Original reports were wrong, and City Brands announced the return of the Westerville Wine Bistro, 925 N. State St.,on July 9 after a light remodel. You can find the (614) report on the City Brands reopenings and closings here.

The remodeling isn’t the only thing that’s going to be new about the Wine Bistro in Westerville, though. Or as we should we say now, NAPA Kitchen + Bar. With locations  in Westerville, Dublin, and Montgomery, Ohio,  NAPA Kitchen + Bar is a sister concept to The Wine Bistro.

“We feel the NAPA Kitchen + Bar concept will really appeal to a wide range of guests in Westerville. We wanted to undertake this conversion for quite a while but never found the right time to close down for the renovations,” Tim Rollins, President of The Metropolitan Companies and owner of NAPA kitchen + bar, said in a press release on Thursday.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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