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A prohibition-themed craft beer festival is taking place this weekend in Westerville

A prohibition-themed craft beer festival is taking place this weekend in Westerville

Jack McLaughlin

In the middle of the 19th century, residents of newly-incorporated Westerville banded together against the sale and consumption of alcohol. This earned the nearby city its own chapter in the history of American prohibition, along with the nickname Dry Capital of the World.

So what’s the best way to honor the city’s unique past? By throwing a festival focused on beer, of course.


On Aug. 21 from 6-10 p.m. (although one hour of early admission, starting at 5 p.m., can be purchased as well), this year’s Uptown Untapped festival is taking place in downtown Westerville. And as you might have guessed, it’s prohibition themed. 

“This year at Uptown Untapped, we are celebrating Westerville’s role in the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, Prohibition,” the event’s website reads. “2020 was the 100th anniversary of Prohibition, but just like alcohol in 1920, gatherings in 2020 were not allowed! Now, one year later, we gather and celebrate Uptown Untapped: The Prohibition Edition.”

Now in its fourth year, the event will highlight an array of nearly 30 different beers from 12 Columbus breweries. Popular spots like Land-Grant, Seventh Son, Wolf’s Ridge, Columbus Brewing Company will all be represented, and the full list of participating breweries can be found here

Visitors to the festival can pay to enter the Uptown Speakeasy as well, a throwback prohibition bar with period cocktails and prohibition-era trivia. General admission to the event is $15, and speakeasy admission (which includes general admission) can be purchased for $40. Drink tickets (each pour is 12oz) are available for $5 each, or 5 can be purchased for $20.

Live music on the event’s main stage and a separate speakeasy stage will also take place throughout the afternoon.

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