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Where do you rank on the Ohio drinking scorecard?




We’ve all seen the memes and social media posts by our friends making light of their increased alcohol consumption. Whether due to boredom or stress from the pandemic, it wouldn’t surprise most that when it comes to boozing right now, the glass is probably half full.

While beer continues to be the alcoholic beverage U.S. drinkers say they drink most often, for the first time in Gallup trends, liquor essentially ties wine in second place.

According to Lindsey LeBerth with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, liquor sales are up 8 percent for the year. The latest data of liquor (high spirit) consumption, shows Ohioans purchased 1,322,770 gallons in April. That’s actually down a bit from March’s total of 1,458,133 gallons as Ohioans began to stock up their home liquor shelf during the first weeks of business closures.

Here’s another interesting fact: According to the latest Gallup poll data, 35% of American adults don’t drink alcohol of any kind. Of those who do, hard liquor is the preference for only 30 percent of drinkers.

If you were to extrapolate that out to Ohio drinkers, at least when it comes to liquor, here’s how much each of you boozers bought in April. This is going to be highly unscientific 🙂

  • There are about 9,094,120 adults aged 18+ in Ohio. (have to include those college kids)
  • Of this, about 5,911,000 of our fellow Buckeyes will tip one back every now and then. Some, way more than others.
  • Now let’s assume only half of that number drinks hard liquor at all (remember, the 30% preference)
  • We’re left with about a half gallon of hard liquor purchased last month, per drinker.
  • With about 2 ounces of booze per drink, that equals 32 drinks per month or about one per day. Seems about right, right?

Of course the danger in drinking alcohol is especially with those who consume way more above average. And many of us know someone like that who could use some local help.

What are your drinking habits like these days? Tell us below in this brief poll and we’ll share the results in a few days.

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The End of the Road?

Julian Foglietti



As the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue, we are beginning to see the effects take their toll on Columbus eateries. Here's a list of some of the changes taking place.

The Sycamore+Cosecha Cocina  

Grow Restaurants, the company which owns Harvest Pizza, has listed The Sycamore and Cosecha for sale. While there hasn't been confirmation that the restaurants won’t make a reappearance in some form, Chris Crader stated in Columbus Underground, “It’s a lot of work to re-open after the pandemic and we have a considerable amount of interest in these two properties so it doesn’t make sense to open and then close again so quickly.”

Miller's Ale House

Both Miller’s Ale House locations are closing. The Florida-based company has removed mention of the Ohio locations from their websites.

Flowers and Bread Co.

In a recent article with Columbus CEO, owners Sarah Lagrotteria and Tricia Wheeler announced the closure of the cafe portion of their business. There are plans to expand the flower and bread workshop portion of the business under the new name Flower and Bread Society.

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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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