Connect with us

Food & Drink

Thurs: Our favorite Columbus Craft Beer Week events

614now

Published

on

With its more than 60 craft breweries (and counting); 150 beer bars, growler shops, and bottle stores; and over 300 restaurants serving craft beer, Columbus is one of the largest craft beer cities in the Midwest. Celebrate our booming booze culture with Columbus Craft Beer Week, now through May 25.

There are dozens of beer-centric events planned very day this week that we’re dying to put on your radar. And, don’t forget to take advantage of the one-time $5 off Lyft credit to or from any CCBW event with code CRAFTBEERCBUS.

Have fun and be safe, Columbus!

Hand Pie and Beer pairing at Lineage Brewing

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 4:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Lineage Brewing (map)
Hand Pie and Beer pairing at Lineage Brewing

Join Lineage Brewing for a Beer and Hand Pie tasting. We think our hand pies are the perfect pub food, and we want to show you why. We’ll pair four mini versions of our hand pies with 4 our our beers that we think go perfectly together.

Preston’s Burgers Tasting Menu Paired w/Special Infusions at Seventh Son Brewing

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 4:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Seventh Son Brewing (map)
Preston's Burgers Tasting Menu Paired w/Special Infusions at Seventh Son Brewing

Join us for food from Preston’s Burgers paired with some special beer infusions we’ve came up with just for Beer Week!

Table Corn Hole Tournament at Grove City Brewing Company

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 5:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • Grove City Brewing Company (map)
Table Corn Hole Tournament at Grove City Brewing Company

Team Up & Win! Grove City Brewing Company is teaming up with 17th Star Distributing to hold a Table Corn Hole Tournament and giving LOTS of swag and prizes awarded to Top 3 teams!

Land Grant Luau at MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 5:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub (map)
Land Grant Luau at MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub

ALOHA! Wear your hawaiian shirts and hula skirts and we’ll provide the leis! We’re having a Land-Grant Brewing tap takeover that you’ll go COCONUTS for.

Pints with Fido at Sideswipe Brewing

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 5:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • Sideswipe Brewing (map)
Pints with Fido at Sideswipe Brewing

Fundraiser for Rescued Ohio. Bring your dog with you to the taproom for a good cause. Grab a pint for you and treats for Fido.

Macaron & Beer Pairing The Daily Growler – Polaris

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  8:00 PM
  • The Daily Growler – Polaris – enter by Dick’s Sporting Goods (map)
Macaron & Beer Pairing The Daily Growler - Polaris

2 of the best things in life paired together! $20 (plus tax & tip) for a flight of 6 beers each carefully paired with a delicious half macaron. Macarons from MJOMII!

Rooftop Dinner w/Little Fish Brewing at The Crest Clintonville

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • The Crest (map)
Rooftop Dinner w/Little Fish Brewing at The Crest Clintonville

Join us on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6pm for a five course beer pairing dinner with our friends at Little Fish Brewing. Each beer will be hand selected by owners and brewers Jimmy Stockwell and Sean White, to accompany the chef inspired menu. $50, five courses, five beers, limited to 30 seats.

Craft Beer Week Beer School at Perfect Pour Beverage Company

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  8:00 PM
  • Perfect Pour Beverage Company (map)
Craft Beer Week Beer School at Perfect Pour Beverage Company

Attend a free class to learn the basics about beer, featuring stylistic examples from two awesome local breweries. Lagers, Belgians, Ales, light to dark, we’ll take your taste buds on a fun trip. Reps from both breweries will explain each beer in detail and answer any beer related questions. This will be a fun and educational time sipping and discussing BEER.

*Seating will be limited, please RSVP with Perfect Pour by calling 614-553-7666, or comment in the event post on Facebook.

Hoof Hearted Running Club and Beer Mile at Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen (map)
Hoof Hearted Running Club and Beer Mile at Hoof Hearted Brewery and Kitchen

Our weekly Running Club 5k and a mile on our treadmill with a 5oz. pour every quarter mile. 80’s aerobic workout fashion highly encouraged.

REI Class- Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at Endeavor Brewing

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 6:30 PM  8:30 PM
  • Endeavor Brewing Co. (map)
REI Class- Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at Endeavor Brewing

The experts at REI will present all the tips, tricks, and knowledge you need to plan your hiking adventure on the PCT. Space is limited, so sign up directly through REI.

Pose & Pour at North High Brewing

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 7:00 PM  8:00 PM
  • North High Brewing (map)
Pose & Pour  at North High Brewing

Certified yoga instructor, Michele Minehart, leads a mixture of yoga instruction varying from beginner to advanced levels. Everyone is welcome. $15 covers the yoga instruction and a pint of beer.

Besserts – Beer and Dessert Pairing at DogTap Columbus

  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • 7:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • DogTap Columbus (map)
Besserts - Beer and Dessert Pairing at DogTap Columbus

Our experts are putting together our most mouth watering pairing yet and we are bringing it to you for Columbus Craft Beer Week! This pairing will have 5 different Brewdog beers paired with 5 special desserts made by our super talented, in-house chefs, just for this occasion. Cost: $25

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Thursday, May 23

Meat Sweats Beer Pairing benefiting Pink Boots Society at Land-Grant Brewing Co.

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 11:30 AM  8:00 PM
  • Land-Grant Brewing Co. (map)
Meat Sweats Beer Pairing benefiting Pink Boots Society at Land-Grant Brewing Co.

Join us in the Land-Grant Brewing Co. taproom May 17-19 and May 23-25 and order a Meat Sweats pairing flight. We have paired each portion of the Ray Ray’s world famous Meat Sweats Box with one of our tasty beers. We are donating $2 from each flight sold to the Pink Boots Society!

Alaskan Brewing & Two Roads Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at The Half Pint Columbus

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 4:00 PM  7:00 PM
  • The Half Pint Columbus (map)
Alaskan Brewing & Two Roads Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at The Half Pint Columbus

Stop in for a chance to win a Jones Snowboard prize pack and a Adirondack chair prize pack from 4-7PM! Alaskan beers include White, Icy Bay IPA, and Blonde. Two Roads line up includes Two Juicy, Lil Heaven, and Persian Lime Gose!!!

Tribute Beer Night at Ill Mannered Brewing Co.

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 4:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Ill Mannered Brewing Co. (map)
Tribute Beer Night at Ill Mannered Brewing Co.

Tribute beer night is our tongue in cheek way of paying tribute to some of the breweries who’ve helped us along the way while having a little fun at their expense. Stop in for a few special release beers named in honor of other local breweries/beers. Guess the breweries and win some prizes.

For Pup’s Sake at Fourth Street Bar & Grill

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 4:00 PM  6:00 PM
  • Fourth Street Bar & Grill (map)
For Pup's Sake at Fourth Street Bar & Grill

4th Street Bar and Grill is a dog friendly bar where we welcome man and his best friend to enjoy time together on our patio during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. Help us kick off our seasonal fundraiser “For Pup’s Sake” at 4th Street Bar and Grill on Thursday, May 23rd from 4pm – 6pm as we host Saucy Brew Works to help raise awareness and funds for the Franklin Co. Dog Shelter. There will be beer specials, food specials, dog beer, and dog snacks! Proceeds from the beer and food specials will go to help Franklin Co. Dog Shelter.

Pours + Pierogis – Beer + Food Pairing w/ Sophie’s Pierogis at Olentangy River Brewing Company

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 5:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Olentangy River Brewing Company (map)
Pours + Pierogis - Beer + Food Pairing w/ Sophie's Pierogis at Olentangy River Brewing Company

Ever wish you had the PERFECT pierogi to savor with your favorite beer? Olentangy River Brewing Company and Sophie’s Pierogis are ready to show you! Join us as we prepare a selected menu of pierogis to pair perfectly with a selection of craft beers in a flight — find your favorite and come back for more!

Jackie O’s Tap Feature & Trivia Night at The District Pour House

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  11:00 PM
  • The District Pour House (map)
Jackie O's Tap Feature & Trivia Night at The District Pour House

Jackie O’s beer specials and exclusive tappings. Trivia starts at 8pm. Win some Jackie O’s swag and try some awesome beers from our friends at Jackie O’s. Final list will be released closer to the event!

Corn Hole Tournament and $2 Drafts All Day at Pecan Penny’s BarBQ

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Pecan Penny’s BarBQ (map)
Corn Hole Tournament and $2 Drafts All Day at Pecan Penny's BarBQ

Corn Hole Tournament from 6-8pm. $2 Drafts All Day Long. Including breweries: Brew Dog, Columbus Brewing Company, Homestead, Land-Grant, North High, Pacifico, Rhinegeist, Seventh Son, Taft’s Brewing Company, Wolf’s Ridge

Beer and Cupcake Pairing at BrewDog Franklinton

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • BrewDog Franklinton (map)
Beer and Cupcake Pairing at BrewDog Franklinton

We’ve teamed up with the very talented Chrissie’s Creations to bring you a flight of four tasty beers paired with four delicious cupcakes! Tickets are $25 with proceeds from the event going to the Heart Center of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance or on the day if available.

Bites and Brews w/Combustion Brewery at The Grand Event Center

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • The Grand Event Center (map)
Bites and Brews w/Combustion Brewery at The Grand Event Center

Join us at The Grand Event Center during Columbus Craft Beer Week on Thursday, May 23 as we collaborate with Combustion Brewery and Taproom out of Pickerington, Ohio for our first Bites & Brews event. Throughout the unique five-course dinner, you will pair each chef-inspired dish with beers ranging from ales to IPAs. Reservations are required in advance and can be made on Eventbrite. Cost: $65

Craft Beer + Food Pairing 101 at BrewDog Short North

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 6:30 PM  8:30 PM
  • BrewDog Short North (map)
Craft Beer + Food Pairing 101 at BrewDog Short North

To celebrate Columbus Craft Beer Week we are teaching our first course on food and beer pairings. Course includes a five course meal paired with our epic array of BrewDog beers. Cost: $35

Think While You Drink Trivia at Combustion Brewery and Taproom

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • 7:30 PM  9:30 PM
  • Combustion Brewery & Taproom (map)
Think While You Drink Trivia at Combustion Brewery and Taproom

How well do you know Craft Beer? Test your knowledge at Combustion for this special Trivia Night!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Friday, May 24

Beer Box of Mystery Episode 3.0 at Submarine House at Submarine House Bar & Grill

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 11:00 AM  11:59 PM
  • Submarine House (map)
Beer Box of Mystery Episode 3.0 at Submarine House at Submarine House Bar & Grill

The BBOM returns for a third year. We’re still not a casino, but we’re giving you the chance to “gamble.” Of course not for money, that would be illegal and we wouldn’t be here next year for Beer Week. It works like this, you give us few bucks and you get to draw from the BBOM. You may get something you would rather give away or you may get a great craft brew. Can you handle the risk?

Cans and K9’s at Somewhere in Particular Brewing

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 3:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Somewhere in Particular Brewing (map)
Cans and K9's at Somewhere in Particular Brewing

We will have a can release, with a fundraiser for the Franklin County Animal Shelter. There will be dogs present for adoption also. Live music, and BBQ food will be available on patio.

Madtree “Lite” Up Your Life at The Half Pint Columbus

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 4:00 PM  7:00 PM
  • The Half Pint Columbus (map)
Madtree "Lite" Up Your Life at The Half Pint Columbus

Enjoy Madtree‘s Lift, Citra-High, and Brunch So Hard while you compete in Lite Bright races to win some great gear!!! 4-7PM on May 24th!

4th Annual Sierra Nevada Crawfish Boil for Mid-Ohio Foodbank at Bob’s Bar!

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 4:00 PM  8:00 PM
  • Bob’s Bar (The Cultural Hub of the Midwest) (map)
4th Annual Sierra Nevada Crawfish Boil for Mid-Ohio Foodbank at Bob's Bar!

We partner with Sierra Nevada to crank out a tasty southern spread as a way to raise money for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. 100% of the crawfish dinner sales are donated to this great central Ohio organization. It’s our chance to help those that need help the most. Tickets are just for dinner. Cost: $20

The Drunken Donut Beer Pairing + Boozy Donut Beer at Nostalgia Brewing

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  8:00 PM
  • Nostalgia Brewing (map)
The Drunken Donut Beer Pairing + Boozy Donut Beer at Nostalgia Brewing

Nostalgia Brewing has partnered with The Drunken Donut to provide a flight of four Nostalgia beers and four boozy donuts made with the paired beers! PLUS a 5 oz sample of our collaboration Boozy Donut Beer – all for only $18! This event will be limited to the first 60 who purchase a ticket and will take place on our patio from 6 PM – 8 PM on 5/24/2019. Cost: $18

Patio Party with Seventh Son Brewing at Ten Pin Alley

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • Ten Pin Alley (map)
Patio Party with Seventh Son Brewing at Ten Pin Alley

Join us for a patio party with Seventh Son Brewing. Bucket specials, games + “Beat the Brewer” at Bocce. Win some swag. Play some bocce. Drink some Seventh Son.

Sasquatch Hunt, Bouldering and Brews at Endeavor Brewing

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 7:00 PM  11:59 PM
  • Endeavor Brewing Co. (map)
Sasquatch Hunt, Bouldering and Brews at Endeavor Brewing

Begin Bouldering at Vertical Adventures Chambers, then join the group for brews in our tap room then go Squatchin’ with our in house Sasquatch scavenger hunt.

Beer Tasting 101 at BrewDog DogTap Columbus

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 7:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • DogTap Columbus (map)
Beer Tasting 101 at BrewDog DogTap Columbus

This amplified beer school and tasting will be hosted by one of Cicerone certified humans. Our museum will be turned into a massive tasting room! We will walk you through the brewing process and all the geekery that goes into making the epic crafts you love! (there will also be plenty of beer tasting too!)

Brewery Tour with Billy! at Seventh Son Brewing

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 7:00 PM  8:00 PM
  • Seventh Son Brewing (map)
Brewery Tour with Billy! at Seventh Son Brewing

See why Billy gives some of the best brewery tours in the business. Cost is $12 per person and includes beer to drink during the tour.

Honey & Blue at Combustion Brewery and Taproom

  • Friday, May 24, 2019
  • 7:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Combustion Brewery & Taproom (map)
Honey & Blue at Combustion Brewery and Taproom

The band, a self-described mix of pop, blues and soul, is fronted by singer/songwriters Adam Darling and Stephanie Amber. Appropriately named, Honey and Blue combines Darling’s sultry, bluesy sounds with Amber’s soulful, whimsical take on lyrics and harmony.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Saturday, May 25

Shorty & Stout Jazz Brunch at The Daily Growler German Village

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • 11:00 AM  3:00 PM
  • The Daily Growler German Village (map)
Shorty & Stout Jazz Brunch at The Daily Growler German Village

A great wrap up to a long Columbus Craft Beer Week, our new in house food provider Short & Stout Kitchen will be providing some delicious comfort food, while we play a curated selection New Orlean’s legend Trombone Shorty and other Jazz greats! Abita drink specials + House Hurricanes!

Record Sale with Inside Outpost! at Antiques on High

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • 12:00 PM  4:00 PM
  • Antiques on High (map)
Record Sale with Inside Outpost! at Antiques on High

Join us for a super cool vinyl record pop up with Inside Outpost and Ron House.

Feline Friendzy at Seventh Son Brewing Co.

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • 12:00 PM  3:00 PM
  • Seventh Son Brewing (map)
Feline Friendzy at Seventh Son Brewing Co.

We are welcoming Cat Welfare to our taproom during beer week for a fundraiser and adoption event!! One dollar from every beer sold from 12-3 will go to support Cat Welfare‘s mission. They will also be bringing some cute cats that are up for adoption. Of course, this is beer week so we will be selling buckets of Assistant Manager Beer (named after our brewery cat) in cans.

Skee-Bus Brewers Cup at Pretentious Barrel House

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • 2:00 PM  7:00 PM
  • Pretentious Barrel House (map)
Skee-Bus Brewers Cup at Pretentious Barrel House

So you know these guys can brew, but how good is their aim? Come find out as Pretentious Barrel House hosts the first annual Skee-Bus Brewer’s Cup. Cheer on your favorite brewers from Land Grant, Lineage, Parsons North, Ill Mannered, North High, Seventh Son, and Dankhouse as they go head-to-head to see who rolls the mightiest and which brewery is the best *wink wink*. Victors walk away with the highly coveted, very expensive, Brewer’s Cup and the right to donate proceeds to the charity of their choice. Plus, you might walk away with some great prizes.

Columbus Columbus Craft Beer (Unofficial) Closing Party at DogTap Columbus

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • 3:00 PM  11:59 PM
  • DogTap Columbus (map)
Columbus Columbus Craft Beer (Unofficial) Closing Party at DogTap Columbus

Join the BrewDog crew at DogTap Columbus on Saturday May 25th to [unofficially] close out Columbus Craft Beer Week Presented by Giant Eagle with a bang! Tickets are free – just follow the link to claim yours! This epic party will feature an amazing tap list with a special Summer showcase on our container bar, brewery tours, bands playing throughout the day, Doggy pool party at our Dog Park and much more!

Yellow Fizzy Beer Fest at Old Skool

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • 5:00 PM  11:59 PM
  • Old Skool (map)
Yellow Fizzy Beer Fest at Old Skool

Come join us to cheer on the Crew, drink some yellow fizzy beer, and get half priced wings!

Beats and Bottles w/ Jackie O’s at The Market Italian Village

  • Saturday, May 25, 2019
  • 6:00 PM  9:00 PM
  • The Market Italian Village (map)
Beats and Bottles w/ Jackie O's at The Market Italian Village

Johnny from Jackie O’s will be spinning records and setting the mood for an end of the week celebration to beer week. Specialty bottles and drafts of Jackie O’s brew will be on hand with a pairing menu from the kitchen (available all week during beer week). If you’ve ever wanted to dance at a restaurant during dinner this is your chance.

Sunday, May 26

Family Fun Day at Seventh Son Brewing

  • Sunday, May 26, 2019
  • 11:00 AM  3:00 PM
  • Seventh Son Brewing (map)
Family Fun Day at Seventh Son Brewing

Nurse your Craft Beer Week hangover with this family friendly event in our upstairs bar. We will have cartoons, face painting, and coloring for your small children…we will also have lots of adult beverages including special drafts just around for beer week. Entry is FREE.

Continue Reading
Comments

Food & Drink

Eat Like a Kid: 6 childhood favorite foods, all grown up

Madi Task

Published

on

Sometimes I think back on the food I ate as a kid and wonder how the heck I was able to go back outside and continue playing with surely fewer nutrients than the human body needs to work with. Pop a quick Little Debbie Fudge Round or inhale a bowl of Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese and go. I don’t know how I did it, but I know that today I definitely value food existing as an experience all on its own. With this list, I give you memory-making foods that will either flash you back to a simpler time, or feel like a true upgrade from the fast-meal nature you used to adore but sadly outgrew. Stay gold!

Boozy Milkshakes| HADLEY’S BAR + KITCHEN | 260 S FOURTH ST.

The shortcut to turning any kid treat into an adult favorite is simple: add booze. And at Hadley’s, they are all too familiar with this formula. The menu here features sophisticated flavors like Oreo Bonanza with Smirno Vanilla, Key Lime Pie with Absolut Lime, and a Bacon Bourbon Maple with Bulleit Bourbon. Of course, we all have a vegan friend who avoids dairy, and Hadley’s made sure they were covered with a vegan Coco Coffee Shake with Watershed Vodka. Usually, I’d say grab a few straws and share with your friends, but these are best enjoyed separately.

The Octodog | DIRTY FRANK’S | 248 S FOURTH ST.

Some of those disgusting combinations you crafted as a child have potential in the eyes of the chefs over at Dirty Frank’s. Forget cut-up hot dogs mixed into mac ‘n’ cheese, you completely neglected to consider the presentation of the dish. (Classic kid move.) Order The Octodog, an octopus-shaped hot dog sitting happily on top of a pile of mac ‘n’ cheese from Dirty Frank’s. This could also be seen as the adult-equivalent to dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets. Since when was the last time you ate something shaped like an animal? Probably before junior high. Feel young again by stuffing your face with creamy mac ‘n’ cheese and an octopus hot dog cooked to adult standards, but visually appealing to the five-year-old at heart.

Ramen Noodles | FUKURYU | 1600 W LANE AVE.

Photo: Kyle Tracey

Here we transition into adulthood and arguably the first meal you ever learned how to cook: ramen noodles. Your standards have surely upgraded since the last time you made a $0.98 meal from home, so prove it at Fukuryu, where you can eat actual, authentic Japanese ramen. This quick-and-easy, Costco-style dinner has been given a bad rep for far too long, because one trip to Fukuryu will show you how ramen is supposed to taste. Piled with chicken, pork belly, soft shell crab, or tofu, and a mountain of toppings you pick like sweet corn, chili pork, naruto, leeks, chili oil, toasted garlic oil, and more, their flavors are more expansive than your under-developed child taste buds could probably take. Now, they’re right up your alley. Get slurpin’.

Edible Cookie Dough | COOKIE DOUGH CREAMERY | 7227 N HIGH ST.

Butter, flour, sugar, and a secret ingredient...don’t worry, it’s not eggs. No one’s getting hit with a spoon for eating raw cookie dough around here, they’re just getting tips at Cookie Dough Creamery. Fill a cup with one of six cookie dough flavors and pile it high with ice cream and toppings the way you always over-did as a kid. They have five main flavors of cookie dough: chocolate chip, sugar cookie, Oreo, peanut butter, and brownie batter. Plus, every few months they offer one to three seasonal flavors to try. (This summer it’s lemon!) As far as making your own cookie dough at home goes, quit the risk and trust whisk at Cookie Dough Creamery. I can tell you from experience it’s just like Mom’s, minus the lecture for eating it.

Gourmet Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches | KREMA NUT COMPANY | 1000 GOODALE BLVD.

Photo: Julian Foglietti

The picky eater in all of us died at age 12 when we quickly became aware of how good food combinations foreign to us actually taste. In other words, we aren’t as stuck to only strawberry or grape jelly as we used to be. We’re not as hard on our friends who were scared to try peanut butter and fluff as a kid. Today, we go gourmet. Krema’s has a wide variety of PB&Js, all with an unconventional twist. Strawberry preserves are used instead of strawberry jelly, and fresh slices of strawberries sit in the sandwich with it. Other combos include The Kicker, or peanut butter and spicy raspberry preserves for the kid who made sure everyone knew it was his rock, not the neighborhood rock. Plus other game-changers like PB Apple Cheesecake, and almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter are up for grabs at this one-of-a-kind nut company serving classic American favorites with a twist.

Cotton Candy Cocktail | FORNO | 721 N HIGH ST.

The days of begging your parents for overpriced u at baseball games are over, but the days of making our everyday cocktails more Instagrammable are coming quickly. As a result, Forno is now serving a new cotton candy cocktail served in two glasses: one for the drink, and the other to hold a cloud of pink cotton candy, set aside for you to dissolve when your iPhone ash is ready. Sip one and you’ll start acting like those sugar-high cartoon characters who were actually acting drunk to get a laugh from the parent viewers helicoptering over their kid’s TV shows. Grow up and spike your cotton candy this summer!

Cover photo by Brian Kaiser.

Continue Reading

Food & Drink

Survival Guide: Columbus Summer Beerfest

614now

Published

on

Every year, beer enthusiasts flock to Express LIVE! to sip, sample, and savor brews from 90+ of the best breweries this country has to offer. That's right, lushes, Columbus Summer Beerfest is back this weekend with food, entertainment, and, of course, lots of great craft beer.

Some of you may be first-timers, others have had their pretzel + string cheese + beef jerky necklaces on lock for years. No matter, there are always ways to improve the way you experience this celebration of beer.

Welcome to the 614NOW Summer Beerfest Surivival Guide. As always, drink responsibly.

It is not a race, seriously

Sometimes, kegs do kick, but it's not going to happen within the first hour of doors opening. Relax, there is more than enough beer to go around. I'm talking to you, Kevin, who feels the need to elbow throw the queue and sprint inside the venue every year.

There's truly no need to pregame

The Beerfest-issued plastic mugs may be small, but those samples add up fast. You're gonna wish you hadn't shotgunned that mango White Claw before you left your apartment, we promise.

Hydrate

You're not going to miss anything if you take a five minute hydration hiatus. It'll most likely be hot and the only thing that will quench your thirst from all those salty pretzels is a cup of cold agua. Do yourself a favorite and spend some time near the water stations throughout the night.

Don't wait to use the restroom

The lines are going to be long—real long—all night long. Rather than waiting until the absolute last minute to visit the restroom, grab a sample and head that way before your bladder deems necessary. That way, when the agony sets in, you'll already be next up for a stall.

No really, it's not a race

Slow. Down. This is your chance to try tons of new exciting brews and decide which ones you'd like to add to your normal drinking roster. Brewers from all over the U.S. worked tirelessly to perfect their beers—don't disrespect them by chugging.

Feed your face

Don't let the excitement of the festival distract you from your growling stomach. There will be plenty of food trucks present to tide over even the most specific craving, though everyone knows the best options are always deep friend and covered in cheese.

Walk, bike, rideshare

Most people exiting the Express LIVE! gate at the end of the night are in no shape to drive and neither should you. Not only would you have to deal with parking if you drove yourself, but walking, biking, or ridesharing to and from the festival is the only way to ensure safety.

Tickets to the Columbus Summer Beerfest are still available. Visit columbusbeerfest.com for more information.

Continue Reading

Food & Drink

Olde Towne East’s first brewery is now open

614now

Published

on

Late is always better than never, especially in the case of a new local brewery. After setbacks, Gemut Biergarten is officially open at 734 Oak St. Prost!

The brewery was supposed to open to the public on August 16, but ran into a "little bump with the state."

Guests can expect European and German-style lagers and pilsners brewed by former Four String Brewing Co. employees Kyle Hofmeister, Rob Camstra, and Nick Guyton. Gemut Biergarten is owned by Camstra, Guyton, Hofmeister, and his wife Chelsea Rennie.

In addition to brews, the venture will serve wine, cocktails, and traditional German and European fare.

Click here for the food and beer menus.

Continue Reading
X