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Work has officially began on the new Ill Mannered Brewing Co. facility that was announced last year.

The site was cleared earlier this week with construction for the new brewery scheduled to begin next week. Ill Mannered hopes to have the new 3,000 square foot space finished by August.

In addition to a 1,500 square foot taproom and a 1,500 square foot brewing space, the new Ill Mannered will have a nearly 1,000 square foot patio featuring a fire pit and food truck parking.

“This day has been a long time in the works and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Ill Mannered Chief Mad Man and Head Brewer Tom Ayers in a statement. “With the construction of this new facility we are proud to show our commitment to and passion for the community of Powell as its neighborhood brewery since 2015. We have incorporated both customer feedback and our experience brewing in our current space into the new building to maximize the customer experience while maintaining the immersive small, local, brewery look and feel.”

To celebrate breaking ground on the new facility, Ill Mannered will be hosting a ceremonial groundbreaking party on Wednesday, February 28 at 4pm featuring a new beer infusion, 2016 Barrel Aged
Tremendous Slouch Wee Heavy.

Ill Mannered Brewing Co. is located at 30 Grace Dr in Powell.

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Bob’s Bar, with its humble tagline of “The Cultural Hub of the Midwest,” was once selected as one of the Top 32 Dive Bars in the country, but locals know Bob’s as a pioneer in the craft beer business. A hole-in-the-wall neighborhood bar became a leading-edge craft beer bar when the Beck brothers took control back in 2002.

On Saturday, February 24, that event will be celebrated with the 16th Annual Extravaganza. Day in and day out, their 36 taps feature an exceptional array of superb local, national, and even a few international craft beers. That line-up will pale in comparison to the Extravaganza beer list. Beer Manager Rich Good has worked his magic with his distributors and brewery contacts to compile 60-70 amazing beers. Between kegs, pins and firkins, expect to find coveted beers like Jungle Juice Head Hunter and Hop JuJu from Fat Heads, JAFB Rain Delay, Hoof Hearted Roller Blade, Rhinegeist Juicy Truth, Founders CBS, Bell’s Uberon (BA Oberon), Avery Tweak and Southern Tier Rum BA Pumpking. The opening draft list for the event is available on their Facebook page.

Bob’s will be giving away tons of door prizes starting at 6pm. The Tortilla Street Food truck will be serving on site all day, and complimentary pizzas from Lenos will be brought in late into the night.

The Bob’s Bar Extravaganza starts at 10am and goes until the bar closes at 2am Sunday morning. Bob’s Bar is located at 4961 N. High St.

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Drink Up Columbus by Cheryl Harrison - 3d ago


Shortly after The Joseph hotel opened three years ago in the Short North I had the opportunity to check out The Guild House, the Cameron Mitchell bar and restaurant beneath the boutique hotel. We featured their cocktails, their brunch, and even hosted a Drink Up Columbus sponsored happy hour there. I’ve been to The Guild House at least six times since they opened.

And somehow I had no idea that there was another bar next door.

Adjacent to The Guild House and below the hotel is Soul at The Joseph, a bar that shares a kitchen with The Guild House but serves its own take on cocktails, food and events in a swanky space next door.

Soul is outfitted with an eclectic art collection from the Pizzuti Collection (hotel guests are granted access to the Park Street Pizzuti gallery with their room key) and an eye-catching Soul neon hung beside the bar is actually an old “Liquors” sign recovered from a dumpster in Brooklyn with the ‘L’ and ‘U’ rotated. A couple of tables and a few lounge areas with couches on the first and second floor double as the hotel’s lobby and a place where anyone can come in off the street to just enjoy a drink.

Soul features 17 concoctions on their drink menu, primarily classic cocktails with a few house twists. More than half of these specialty drinks are available for half off during happy hour from 3-6pm Monday-Friday, along with $3 draft beers and $6 wine by the glass.

The food for Soul comes from the connecting kitchen at The Guild House but offers its own unique menu, including mustard braised beef toast topped with goat cheese; spicy korean wings with pickled purple cabbage; and a mushroom flatbread packed topped with gooey gruyere cheese and truffle oil. Most of these small plates are available for half off during happy hour (3-6pm Monday-Friday).

Soul hosts Sparkling on High the first three Fridays of each month featuring four sparkling wines and live music, as well as Whiskey on High on the final Friday of each month, with four whiskeys also accompanied by live music. Both events are $25 and take place from 6-10pm. And stop by every Sunday for a $10 burger and beer combo — the burger is regularly $16 with beers ranging from $4-6pm so it’s a great deal.

Soul Bar is located at 620 N High St in the Short North. You can check out Soul on the Columbus Cocktail Tour.

full disclosure: I was provided complimentary food and drinks by Soul

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Elevator Brewing Company is releasing three new beers this Saturday at an event they’ve dubbed “FeBREWary.”

First on the docket is O-H-I-PA, an India Pale Ale made with all Ohio ingredients. The beer is described as creamy with a somewhat nutty maltiness from the addition of 30% malted spelt, with big, fruity and spicy hop flavor and aroma from three Ohio-grown hop varieties. A limited number of 22oz bottles of O-H-I-PA will available for retail sale.

Second is Brett’s Brown, a nutty brown ale fermented in oak with Brettanomyces described as having complex flavors of cherry, nuts and a hint of vanilla.

Lastly is Maple Barrel Brown, a nut brown ale aged in an oak barrel that originally had bourbon, then later maple syrup. The beer is said to have picked up a little of both flavor profiles.

The FeBREWary Beer Release Party will take place Saturday, February 12 from 12-8pm at the Elevator Brewing Company 13th Floor Taproom, is located at 171 N 4th Street.

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After more than four years serving the Central Ohio craft beer community through their bottle shop in Northeast Columbus at 5245 Hamilton Rd, Crafted Drafts is coming to the other side of town with the opening of their second retail store in Hilliard next week.

Crafted Drafts will open the doors to their second beer retail store at 4485 Cemetery Rd in Hilliard on Tuesday, February 6 at noon. As with the original location, the Hilliard Crafted Drafts will stock more than 700 different varieties of beer including the largest selection of single bottles available in Columbus so customers can create their own six packs. Unlike the original location, Hilliard will also offer growler fills with a rotating selection of four beers on tap.

Crafted Drafts was opened in Septembe 2013 by Mike Troy.

full disclosure: Crafted Drafts is a client

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A new passport program wants to reward you for enjoying adult beverages with an Irish flare throughout Dublin.

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau this week launched the Celtic Cocktail Trail, a passport program in the ilk of the Columbus Ale Trail (of which I am a co-founder), offering incentives for patronising area boozy businesses.

“We have an Irish Fairy Door Trail for families and kids to visit different shops in Historic Dublin to find these little fairy doors,” said Sara Blatnik, Marketing Director for the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’ve had over the past two years more than 2,500 people finish the trail so we decided with all the new restaurants an development in the area that we wanted to do something more adult focused.”

Eleven Dublin bars and restaurants crafted a cocktail specifically for the Celtic Cocktail Trail, although if you don’t want to drink what’s on the menu at any particular stop you can sub the featured Celtic Cocktail for any adult beverage of your choice and still earn your stamp.

Participating bars include 101 Beer Kitchen, Dublin Village Tavern, J. Liu, The Ram Brewery, Tucci’s, Mezzo, The Pint Room, Pins Mechanical Company, Matt the Miller’s, Bogey Inn and Vaso Rooftop Lounge.

Five stamps will earn you a free coozie, and a finished passport with 11 stamps will get you a Celtic Cocktail t-shirt. There is no time limit to completing the trail.

You can pick up the Celtic Cocktail Trail guidebook at the Dublin Visitor & Information Center at 9 S. High St. in Downtown Dublin, or download and print a copy.

full disclosure: I was provided complimentary drinks and snacks at a preview event for the trail

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The Daily Growler in the Brewery District is teaming up with Watershed Distillery to launch a new lineup of of monthly beer cocktails.

The program kicks off Friday with the launch of February’s featured Beer Cocktail, the Stoutacino – Watershed’s Nocino black walnut liquor combined with a stout. There will also be previews of March and April’s cocktails — O’Brady Where Art Thou?! (Watershed Bourbon with blood orange juice, simple syrup and an Irish Red Ale) for March and IPA 75 (Watershed Bourbon Barrel Gin, simple syrup, lemon and an IPA) for April.

Each beer cocktail will be $10 and available throughout the month it is featured.

The Watershed Beer Cocktail Launch Party will take place Friday, February 2 from 6-10pm at The Daily Growler in the Brewery District, located at 702 S High St.

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Commonhouse Ales tapped community feedback in order to choose a brew to be their IPA For The People.

Commonhouse brewed three different IPAs and asked guests at their sister brewpub, Smokehouse Brewing Company, to rank them over a period of several weeks. A panel of thirty five beer geeks and randomly selected customers was then assembled at Smokehouse for an in-person tasting and discussion of the three IPAs. The fan favorite was packaged this week under the brand IPA For The People and will be distributed in bottles and on draft at the end of this week.

“The nose on this one is amazing,” said Lenny Kolada, founder of Commonhouse Ales, in a statement. “It makes you want to dive right in.”

Commonhouse Ales will host an IPA For The People launch party on Saturday, February 3 at Barley Hopsters in Delaware. Amato’s Woodfired Pizza will provide pizza to pair with the new brew.

The B Corp brewery intends to make IPA For The People available throughout the year, joining its flagship Six.One For Good Ale as Commonhouse’s two year-round offerings.

full disclosure: Commonhouse Ales is a former client

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Heath’s Homestead Beer Company will celebrate their fifth anniversary with a bottle release and party at their taproom on February 10.

At center stage for the celebration in Homestead’s 3MC’s Double IPA, which the brewery hasn’t made in almost a year. Apparently there was a petition started in the taproom to bring it back, so they did. A limited run of 3MCs 12oz four-packs will be available for a taproom-only release (limit four per person), and at least six surprise sixtels of 3MC’s infusions will be released on tap throughout the day-long event. Homestead will also be serving surprise cask infusions of Ulysses Mocha Porter and Snake Oil Super Pale Ale, as well as a Homestead “greatest hits” draft lineup including Bison Imperial Stout, 2017 Bourbon Barrel Bison Imperial Stout and many more.

The Rolling Soul food truck will serve food for the party starting at noon, and at 7pm Homestead-themed trivia will kick off hosted by Tim Snodgrass, who runs the weekly Wednesday night trivia in their taproom.

Homestead’s fifth anniversary celebration will take place Saturday, February 10th from noon to 10pm at Homestead Beer Co, located at 811 Irving Wick Dr W in Heath.

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For four and a half years, Buck’s Brewing has flown under the radar for most Central Ohio craft brew lovers. With a one-barrel system and an annual output of only around 50 barrels, owner/brewer Clark Myers’ beers were generally hard to find. On rare occasions, a keg popped up at The Daily Growler or The Ohio Taproom, but Myers typically kept his production at several key accounts in Licking County. That has now changed with the opening of a new taproom on the north side of Newark.

Buck’s taproom officially opens its doors today, January 24, at 3pm. The taproom is small but cozy, providing a very comfortable feel with plenty of natural light from three large picture windows. The handcrafted bar, made from large slabs of Ash, provides seating for nine. Add to that several mix and match tables and chairs, and total seating accommodates about 25. The bar’s décor comes from Myers’ personal collection of Breweriana, with collectable cans, bottles, steins and signs. The bar does not have a kitchen, but Myers encourages customers to bring in pizza or other eats from local restaurants, including nearby Pizza Cottage and Plaza Pizza.

Myers has used his four and a half years of brewing experience to hone his recipes. The opening day line-up will include a stout, a porter, a milk stout, a Belgian white, a pale ale, and an IPA. The beers were all produced on his new 7-barrel brewing system in a small building immediately behind the taproom.

The new Buck’s taproom will be open from 3-10pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 3-12pm on Friday and Saturday. If you stay until closing, you will hear Clark ring the “Last Call” boxing bell located on the wall behind the bar.

Buck’s Brewing is located at 993 Mt Vernon Rd in Newark.

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