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The Six Pack: Stock up on these local brew options for May

Mitch Hooper



In the last two months, we’ve traded office desks for work-from-home stations, daily meetings for Zoom conference calls, and bellying up to the bar for plopping down on the couch. Our homes transform from an office place to a meeting room to a bar all within a normal work day. Needless to say, not being able to get out and enjoy the city has been difficult

It’s been difficult for our favorite spots, too. They miss our (tipsy) faces just as much as we miss spending countless hours on their patios. Unfortunately, this magazine doesn’t have the power to change that, but we can at least alleviate it. Instead of going to the bar, bring it home to you. With grocery stores offering the build-your-own-six-pack options and many breweries offering pick-up or delivery, getting a local beer in your home is easy.

The weather is officially warming up and it’s never too early to break out golden ales and other summer brews in our books. And we think it’s time you do, too. Here are six Ohio beers for you to toss in your fridge as we look ahead to summer.


Columbus Brewing Company Fool’s Gold

When it comes to drinking beer in warmer months, the likelihood of the beer making it in my hand depends on its crushability. And that’s exactly what CBC’s Fool’s Gold golden ale is; crushable. This refreshing beer is a careful combination of fruity English yeast with oats, wheat, and Citra hops giving it a crisp and light body and a subtly sweet flavor. And at 4.7 percent ABV, you can save some room for the other beers on this list.

Wolf’s Ridge Pack IPA

Wolf’s Ridge isn’t holding back the hops when it comes to the Pack IPA. It’s loaded with Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo hops giving it an International Bitterness Unit (IBU) of 70. Alongside the bitterness come notes of citrus like orange and grapefruit which rounds out this American IPA boasting an ABV of 6.8 percent.

Zaftig’s Hazy Miss Daisy

The juicy flavors of a New England IPA are perfect for entering into summer and the Hazy Miss Daisy from Zaftig fits the bill. This brew is slightly sweet with citrus notes in addition to the Mosaic and Amarillo hops which provide tartness and juiciness. And, while it does boast a 7 percent ABV, its medium body keeps it relatively light.

Rhinegeist Slangria

Not a fan of “traditional” beers? No worries! Rhinegeist Slangria is a non-beer fans alternative to enjoying beer. It’s a fruited ale made with pomegranates, blueberries, and lime creating a beautiful deep red appearance. The final product is a tart and fruity brew that is refreshing and ready for warmer days.

Homestead Brewing White Elephant

No list of summer-ish beers is complete without a mention of a pilsner, and Homestead Brewing’s White Elephant is a great switch up from your typical domestic pilsner options. This medium-bodied brew is your quintessential “beer” beer. It’s crisp, the grains provide that “beer” smell, and it sits at 4.7 percent ABV.

Buckeye Lake Brewing Legend Valley IPA

Sometimes when you’re looking for an IPA, you aren’t after all the extra frills that come with the different variations; you just want a tried-and-true IPA. The Buckeye Lake Brewing Legend Valley IPA checks these boxes; a medium body, a cloudy appearance, and those bitter notes in the background. And at a 6.5 percent ABV, it sits nicely in the category of, “Okay, let’s have one more.”

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National Brisket Day is Tomorrow!

Julian Foglietti



Photo by Brian Kaiser

With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day around the corner here's a roundup of some spots you can go to to get your brisket fix.

Legacy Smoke House

With their main location in Hilliard and a food truck moving throughout the city, Legacy Smoke House is a solid choice for brisket on National Brisket Day, just be sure to get there while supplies last. Enjoy!

Pecan Pennys

Just off Main Street, Pecan Pennys is ready to fulfill your brisket needs. If your looking to feed a family though be sure to get your orders in advance as they're requesting 24 hours notice on dinner bundles.

Ray-Ray's Hog Pit

With locations in Franklinton, Westerville, Clintonville and Powell Ray Ray's Hog Pit is open for business with brisket stocked at all locations. #NationalBrisketDay is the best day!

Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering

Located on Bethel Road, Hoggy’s will be stocking brisket for both dine-in or carryout. Feel free to stop in or stop by!

The Pit

With a new location opened up on Parsons Ave. The Pit BBQ will be offering brisket for the National day. Celebrate with some tasty brisket!

City Barbeque

City Barbeque will be offering brisket for the National day! So get excited and get ready for some yummy BBQ brisket!

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{UPDATED} Indoor Dining: what’s NOT opening?




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PINS Mechanical Co.

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Hey Pinheads. We're so excited to hear that our world is beginning to reopen! Many of you have reached out asking about our opening plans so we wanted to provide a brief update on Pins Mechanical Co. While we fully trust and support the decisions of our local leaders, it’s our responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our team members and guests, while not sacrificing the experience that makes Pins, Pins! With that in mind, none of our locations will be opening in May. There are many unknowns with COVID-19 and we hope that taking this extra time will help our guests and teammates feel better about the measures we’ve put in place to keep all of us safe. For example, on top of our already stringent cleaning procedures, we’re installing UV technology at all locations (ensuring you always have clean balls to play with). We’re looking forward to welcoming back our kick-ass team to train and adjust to this new normal. Once our people feel comfortable + confident, we’ll know it’s time to get rollin’ again! Thank you for your incredible support, online sales, photo shares + kind words over the last two months. Even when you couldn’t show up, you showed up and we’ll never forget it! We’re hopeful that everyone will be safe and smart as we begin to reopen the doors to the small businesses that make our communities so special. See you soon, Pinheads!

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Old North Arcade

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Dear friends, . As you are most likely aware, Governor DeWine has permitted the reopening of bars and restaurants for dine-in seating effective 5/21. We are very grateful that our leadership is now offering businesses the choice to do what they think is right. We offer no judgment for the bars and restaurants that are/have chosen to open. However, for our particular business, and for our staff, we still think it's too early. We are going to remain closed this week and next but do hope to open soon. Your understanding and patience is greatly appreciated and we cannot wait to see you all. It is important to us that we apply an extra layer of safety and precaution on top of the govermental recommendations. Tentatively, we are looking at the end of May to reopen in a very limited capacity but we're following local and national developments very closesly so will be quick to bail if things turn south. Your continued support has been quite humbling. Thank you. Stay healthy, support local, and be more than kind to one another. . Cautiously optimistic, . ONA Staff

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Watershed Kitchen + Bar

101 Beer kitchen

They are delaying opening dine-in service until May 26th.

Matt the Miller's Tavern

Stay tuned on social for patio and dine-in updates!

J. Gumbo's

J. Gumbo's will continue to stay open for online ordering for pick up and delivery - stay tuned for dine-in updates.

Mouton on High

The Whitney House

The Whitney House will be opening Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 11 am.

The Guild House

Stay tuned for opening dates!

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Stay safe everyone 💕

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Smoked On High

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace

The Woodbury

The Woodbury will be opening its doors for dine-in service on June 1 2020.


Roosters are not opening dine-in until May 26th 2020.

The Eagle

The Eagle is temporarily closed - stay tuned on social for updates!

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In light of the government mandated closure of dine-in business for an indeterminable period of time, we’ve made the incredibly hard decision to temporarily close The Eagle Columbus. . Given the truly unprecedented and quickly evolving nature of this health crisis, we’ve been forced to make the best decisions we can, with the information we have. As the true scale of this crisis has been revealed, it’s become impossible to deny the impact this mandate will have on our business and team members. This decision was made as all of our decisions have been: with the health, happiness, well being and best interests of our guests and team members in mind. . The state of Thunderdome Restaurant Group is strong and we look forward to seeing and serving you all on the other side of this. Truth, courage, and be well.

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Lavash Cafe

Tiger + Lily

Tiger + Lily is sticking to carry out for the time being. Follow them on social for updates for dine-in!

Yats Grandview

Red Lobster

Red Lobster is continuing to stick to curbside pickup, delivery, or touchless pick-up.

Harvest Pizza

Bareburger Columbus

Bareburger is opening for dine-in on May 26th, 2020.


City Barbeque

Local Cantina - Creekside, Grandview, Dublin, Westerville, Hilliard Locations

Creekside Local Cantina is delaying opening indoor dining until May 26, 2020.

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Don’t be that guy/gal who forces your favorite bar/restaurant to permanently close; here are the rules




Once the flood of COVID-related documentaries start to infiltrate our Netflix and Hulu feeds, one of the most debated topics will be which smoking gun the auteur chooses. NBA player Rudy Gobert recklessly rubbing his hands over every microphone during a press conference days before testing positive comes to mind first. The spring break bro who wouldn’t let the virus stop him from raging will make its rounds. Even the scene at Standard Hall made some people’s skin crawl.

The Ohio Investigative Unit will be doing its best to monitor situations at restaurants and bars in order to prevent any future anecdotes like the ones listed above. Local law enforcement agencies will be assisting the OIU to make sure that establishments are complying with the Dine Safe Ohio order. With the issues that were brought up following the opening of outside dining on May 15, the OIU has made specific stipulations for patrons to follow:

  • 6-foot social distancing between employees AND members of the public
  • patrons must be seated while eating and/or drinking 
  • no more than 10 people to a table
  • no billiards, video/arcade games, dancing, or card playing
  • patrons must follow specific guidelines put in place by restaurant/bar

For those who have no shame dancing by themselves in public, you’re golden. However, patrons can be written up for not following the OIU’s guidelines. 

Some people may be able to shoulder a citation, but bars and restaurants are the ones who have the most to lose here. In a press conference on May 18, Gov. Mike DeWine mentioned that OIU will issue citations that could result in the permanent loss of liquor licenses.

So once again the ball is in the consumer’s court: follow these very simple rules and avoid the risk of putting your favorite restaurants and bars out of business for good. In 2020, being spring break bro is the worst look.

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