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Three’s Company: A trifecta of new breweries now open across Central Ohio

614now Staff



How’s the craft beer scene in Columbus doing? Well, to sum it up nicely, it seems business is boomin’.

We are at a point in the brewery game where seemingly every street corner and suburb has a spot to belly up to the bar and tie a few on. And as we enter into a new year, that trend is showing no signs of slowing down as Columbus welcomed two new-to-us breweries, Galena Brewing and Forbidden Root Brewing. Because the best things come in threes, Zaftig Brewing is opening up a new location on Fourth St. In the spirit of good-hearted journalism, we checked out what’s on tap at each of these spots. All in a day’s work, right?

Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery | 4080 Worth Ave.

Thanks to a quicker construction process than originally planned, beer fans are now able to enjoy a cold one at the Chicago-native Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery, which is located in Easton. The opening features 10 original beers on tap ranging from IPAs to fruited wheat ales and oaked Vienna lagers. Of the batches of brew, the Hoodie Weather is a perfect winter lager, as it’s crispy and malty, but finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Don’t let the brown ale appearance fool you—the flavor and mouthfeel is most definitely a lager! The beer selection also features a 5.9% ABV Saison which is dry hopped with El Dorado for a citrusy body plus hints of pepper, thanks to the French Saison yeast. If you’re unsure of what beer to go with, the FR flight features Hoodie Weather, Saison, the NEIPA Small Talk, the fruited wheat ale Blackberry Fold, and the biere brut Sparkling Rose.

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Of course, beer isn’t the only alcohol on the lineup here. Forbidden Root also has a few cocktails to choose from; some of which feature FR beers, others are twists on bar classics. The Rake is one of the seasonal cocktails which features Middle West Wheated Bourbon with Genepy des Alpes, pink peppercorn, FR Small Talk, lemon, and hopped grapefruit bitters. There’s also the Forbidden Old Fashioned, a cocktail made with Middle West Dark Pumpernickel Rye, maple, citrus oil, and Bolivar and Angostura bitters.

The newly-opened brewery also offers chances for Easton shoppers to stop in and grab a bite to eat. The food here is a combination of shareables and appetizers with sandwiches, salads, and a select few entrees. If you’re just looking for a quick snack to accompany your beer, cheese and crackers can satisfy a craving. And if you’re with a bigger group, order the cheese plate, which can serve up to five people depending on how big you want your order. Other options for sharing include a charcuterie board, and entrees like the mussels in curry coconut broth showcase the elevated options available.

Zaftig Brew Pub | 119 E Fifth Ave

Zaftig Brewing, which already has a location in Worthington, has opened the doors on its new brew pub, in the Italian Village on Fourth St. While you’ll only find Zaftig originals on draft, variety is not lacking as 21 brews are on the menu. Of these, staples include the 7% ABV IPA Juicy Lucy, or the tamer Mini Bomb Blonde blonde ale at 5% ABV. The beer menu also offers chances for Zaftig to switch things up, as the rotating taps selection will feature one-off creations, recurring styles with seasonal twists, and a barrel-aged program with beers boasting ABVs upwards of 16%. Flights of three beers start at $8, and most 10 oz. pours are $5 to $7.

Non-beer drinkers will also find an assortment of cocktails on the menu, including the simple hop and tonic which features hopped High Bank Statehouse Gin, as well as the Zaftig Old Fashioned, made with Weller Special Reserve Bourbon. No matter what cocktail you decide on, you’ll pay $10, Zaftig’s established mixed drink rate. And if you’re after wine, a bottle of the most expensive vino on the list—Insurgente, a red blend from Portugal—will only run you $30. Other wine bottles include a sparkling moscato from Sicily, and rosé from Spain.


The food at Zaftig features a variety of shareables and snacks in addition to five entrees, including a grilled pimento cheese sandwich, and the ancient grain power bowl. Snack options include the Zaftig fries—French fries in a specialty blend of herbs and spices served with Brewpub ranch. If you truly want to upgrade your fries, add the Heavy Hearted Amber cheese sauce for an additional $2. It’s worth the upcharge.

Galena Brewing Company | 5901 Chandler Ct.

Hailing into Westerville from Johnstown is local brewery Galena Brewing Company. This new location comes on the heels of Galena’s first brewery, which opened in September of 2018 after the brewers decided they needed more space. And more room is exactly what they got. The Westerville brewery and taproom now hosts six barrels—three times the amount at the original brewery.

The beer menu at Galena is a bit of a revolving door with audience input. The brewmasters here pride themselves on being “of the people” and “for the people.” Customers are encouraged to give opinions on how to switch up the flavor of a specific beer, or help come up with a name for the beer. The hope isn’t to find a beer they can sell but a beer people would want to drink. The results are options like Chocolate Wasted, a smooth porter with chocolate notes and a slightly minty finish, or The Dude IPA, a relaxed IPA with citrus and flowery hops.

While Galena doesn’t have a kitchen in the back, they have welcomed in a plethora of food trucks throughout the weekends. Options in the past have included Holy Taco, Hibachi Run, and Philly Buster.

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Rémy Cointreau presents: The Sidecar





We teamed up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring you an icon of cognac cocktails. Ben's previous videos featured the art of margarita-mixology, and now we are moving on to another tasty cocktail. This timeless, opulent drink is well-balanced and fresh.

With National Cognac Day coming up, we figured it would be great to share, Rémy Martin 1738 presents The Sidecar.

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National Brisket Day is Today!

Julian Foglietti



Photo by Brian Kaiser

With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day here at last - we've gathered 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.

OH Pizza and Brew

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