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Brothers Drake Meadery will soon launch its second Ohio tasting room with the imminent opening of COhatch’s new coworking space slash bar, located in the former home of The Pub at Polaris.

The 7,000 square foot space, which is officially called “COhatch ‘The Pub’ at Polaris,” is divided among private offices, dedicated desks, an indoor/outdoor gaming area, meeting rooms, conference rooms, and a bar, which will open to the public daily at 5pm.

“It’s a unique concept for us because it’s a combination of our normal coworking, office and meeting space, and then at night Brothers Drake will run it as a bar and event space,” said Matt Davis, founder of COhatch, which has opened four other coworking facilities in Central Ohio since 2016.

Davis, along with Brothers Drake owner Oron Benary, said the goal is to bring the Short North up to Polaris.

“We saw a pretty good fit between a coworking space and what we have been doing from a philosophy perspective,” said Benary. “We thought it was a cool idea to bring local products to an area of Columbus that is mainly not local.”

The Brothers Drake-run bar will focus on locally-produced products with eight draft lines pouring Ohio craft beer and an emphasis on Central Ohio spirits. The new bar will even bring Brothers Drake’s Short North neighbors Middle West Spirits and North High Brewing along for the ride — their products will be featured, they will host regular tastings and “meet the maker” events in the space, and two of the meeting rooms are even decked out with their branding.

Brothers Drake will also be producing mead on-site with a small production facility about half the size of their Short North location that will churn out around 2,000 gallons of mead annually. Benary says they will focus on barrel aged and experimental small batch meads at the Polaris facility. The Polaris Pub will also continue the meadery’s tradition of offering live music, bringing their popular “Jazz Wednesdays” to the new bar in the form of “Jazz Thursdays” every week from 7-10pm in addition to other regular live performances.

While the Brothers Drake bar at The Pub is still a few weeks away from opening pending a state permit expected to be received by June, the coworking part of COhatch will officially open on May 1.

You can get a sneak preview of the space this weekend at COhatch’s Side Street Festival, which will place Saturday, April 27 from 3-11pm featuring mead from Brothers Drake plus beer from North High, Wolf’s Ridge, Pretentious, Nocterra, Ill Mannered, Platform, Warped Wing and Zaftig. The fest will also feature food trucks Hai Poke, Pink Spoon Meal Prep, Empanadas & More, Cupzilla, Sweet Cheese, Tortilla, Kenny’s Meat Wagon, Cupzilla Korean BBQ, Aloha Streatery, Pitabilities, Clean Juice, and Little Ladies Soft Serve; live music from The Alex Burgoyne Quartet, Al Son Del Lya,and DJ Bohno; and activities for kids from 3-7pm. The event is free to attend with beer tickets available for purchase.

COhatch plans to open more than a dozen total locations in Central Ohio within the next five years, and additional Brothers Drake bars may appear as well.

“As we grow to other locations, [Brothers Drake] feels like they can spread their wings and expand with us,” said Davis.

COhatch ‘The Pub’ at Polaris is located at 1554 Polaris Parkway. More information about their coworking and office space leasing can be found at cohatch.com.

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Seventh Son is turning six and celebrating this Saturday, April 20. Check out our first article about the coming-soon brewery from 2012, including blueprints for the space

In the years since opening, Seventh Son has brewed more than 250 different beers, drastically expanded their Italian Village brewery, and even opened a new sister brewery, Antiques on High.

To celebrate, the brewery will be opening their doors an hour early this Saturday (9am) and releasing two special beers for the occasion: Bottles of Anniversary Blend Sextus, and cans of Cloudbusting, Seventh Son’s double Humulus Nimbus recipe.

Street Thyme will be serving pancakes and burgers in the morning and afternoon with Dos Hermanos Taco Truck taking over the evening shift. The brewery will have DJs throughout the day, including a purported “lengthy Grateful Dead set” from co-owner Collin Castore.

Seventh Son Brewing is located at 1101 N 4th St.

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Seventh Son is turning six and celebrating this Saturday, April 20. Check out our first article about the coming-soon brewery from 2012, including blueprints for the space

In the years since opening, Seventh Son has brewed more than 250 different beers, drastically expanded their Italian Village brewery, and even opened a new sister brewery, Antiques on High.

To celebrate, the brewery will be opening their doors an hour early this Saturday (9am) and releasing two special beers for the occasion: Bottles of Anniversary Blend Sextus, and cans of Cloudbusting, Seventh Son’s double Humulus Nimbus recipe.

Street Thyme will be serving pancakes and burgers in the morning and afternoon with Dos Hermanos Taco Truck taking over the evening shift. The brewery will have DJs throughout the day, including a purported “lengthy Grateful Dead” set from co-owner Collin Castore.

Seventh Son Brewing is located at 1101 N 4th St.

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Granville’s Three Tigers Brewing will celebrate their third anniversary this Saturday, April 20.

At the tender age of three, Three Tigers is one of older of Licking County’s ten craft brewers. The focus of the birthday celebration will be live music and great beer. Vermont duo Strangled Darlings will perform from 6-8pm with The Wayfarers taking the stage from 9-11:30.

The beer line-up will feature ten house beers, including both 2017 and 2018 kegs of their Santa’s Beard Curler; a Belgian dark strong with sour cherries and black currents; and new Vista Cruiser, a Triple White IPA coming in at 10.5% ABV and 110 IBU’s. Vista Cruiser is also the subject of a video the brewery just released starring Scott Wilkens and the Three Tigers staff parodying “That 70’s Show.”

VISTA CRUISER

Vista Cruiser is a Triple White IPA brewed to commemorate our THIRD Anniversary. This beauty is punching in at 10.5 percent and 110 IBU's. Join us on 4/20 to help celebrate another trip around the sun. Our tap list is gonna be mighty damn fine. Mighty damn fine. GET DETAILS HERE>>>> https://www.facebook.com/events/368418113761653/ #craftbeer #ohiocraftbeer #granvilleohio #that70sshow #explorelc

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Doors open Saturday at 11:30am for the anniversary party. Three Tigers is located in the village of Granville at 140 N. Prospect Street.

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Clintonville’s favorite (and only) brewery, Lineage Brewing, will celebrate its fourth anniversary on Saturday, April 27.

Co-owner and Head Brewer Mike Byrne decided to build the theme of the party around his favorite aunt: Aunt Bernice Berliner Weisse. Nearly two dozen variations of Aunt Bernice have popped up on the beer board at the brewery over the past four years.

To mark the four year anniversary, Lineage will offer about half a dozen different Aunt Bernice Berliner Weisse variants on tap. There will also be an Aunt Bernice costume contest. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Aunt Bernice beer (i.e. Weekend at Bernice’s, Bleute Bernice, Tango and Bernice) for a shot at one of the many contest prizes. Judging will take place between 3-4pm, which is also when the birthday cake will be cut.

As part of the celebration, Lineage will also offer four special beer flights including the “Happy Birthday Aunt Bernice” flight, a “Hoppy Birthday IPA” flight, the “Aged Gracefully Barrel” flight, and even a “Stuffed Mini Hand Pie” flight. Several other rare and favorite Lineage beers will also be featured at the anniversary event which will kick off at 11am on Saturday, April 27 until the taproom closes at 1am. Lineage is located at 2971 N. High Street.

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Growth in the craft beer industry may be slowing down but it’s certainly not stopping according to data presented this morning at the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver.

The highlights: Craft beer sales are at an all time high. About 15% of all draft beer in the US was sold directly from breweries last year. And 1 out of every 4 dollars spent on beer in 2018 was spent on craft beer.

Growth for the craft beer industry occurred in an overall down beer market, which dropped one percent by volume in 2018. Craft beer production increased by about four percent, about the same as the previous year’s growth rate, resulting in almost 26 million barrels produced in 2018 by the country’s 7,346 craft breweries. Craft comprised about 24% of the beer market’s total dollar share, and at-the-brewery sales grew to over three million barrels, representing 40 percent of craft growth.

Most of that growth comes from newer and smaller breweries. The median age of a brewery in the United States is now less than four years old, and new breweries — those that have been open for less than three years — made up the bulk of the production growth by increasing their barrel production by 52.2%. Breweries founded in 2014 or earlier only upped their barrelage by about 0.5% with the per-brewery growth rate dropping to just over 100 barrels per brewery, the lowest since the early 1990s.

Smaller microbreweries accounted for more than 80% of the craft category’s total growth with larger, regional breweries remaining stagnant. Of the 7,346 craft breweries operating in 2018, 4,521 are classified as microbreweries, 2,594 as brewpubs, and 231 regional craft breweries.

“One of the challenges [for regional breweries] is that we aren’t seeing distribution grow as it once did,” said Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewer’s Association. “Stores aren’t adding more shelf space and bars aren’t adding more tap handles… 2018 was the slowest growth for distribution of craft in a long time.”

Last year also saw the most brewery closings ever at 219, up from 195 in 2017 and 117 the year prior.

“But 219 closings with more than 7,000 breweries means less than 3% of the total industry,” said Watson. ”That’s much lower than almost any comparable industry… as more than half of all businesses fail within their first six years. As we have more breweries, we’re going to continue to see that closing number rise.”

Those closures aren’t scaring off new breweries from emerging, though; More than 1,000 new breweries opened in 2018, and with more than 10,000 currently active federal brewers permits, there are at least another 2,500 active breweries in planning.

Ohio has 298 breweries currently operating in the state with another 50 or so in planning according to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association.

The slides from the State of the Industry presentation can be downloaded here.

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Gahanna’s Noble Cut Distillery has recently released several different fruit-flavored limoncello variants. (Read our previous article about Noble Cut’s opening)

The distillery began selling spirits in early 2018 starting off with a line of flavored whiskeys. They debuted their limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur, in June of 2018, the recipe for which has been passed down six generations through Noble Cut distiller and co-owner Tony Guilfoy’s family.

“Every Palm Sunday the family would zest lemons and make a batch which they would bottle on St. Nicholas Day, and on St. Nicholas Day we’d zest more lemons and bottle that for Easter,” said Guilfoy. “[My Grandma, Sarafina,] gave away her limoncello for Easter and for Christmas.”

The story of Sarafina and some of the additional rich history behind Guilfoy’s family, who hail from Naples, is featured on the labels of the limoncello and Noble Cut’s other flavored cello liqueurs.

“We initially were just going to do lemoncello and orangecello but when we started doing tours a woman said that we should do a grapefruitcello so… we did a test batch and it came out great,” said Guilfoy. “You get that essence of grapefruit without getting killed by the sourness.”

Last month Noble Cut launched the grapefruit cello, which uses over 600 pounds of hand-zested ruby red grapefruit, and a limecello that is made with 400 pounds of Persian limes.

“We hand zest everything and our hands can prove it,” said Guilfoy. “There’s a certain way we zest which is part of our secret that gives us our distinct flavor.”

While the other locally-made limoncello from Tessora Limone, which is based in New Albany, is only around 20% alcohol, Noble Cut’s cellos each clock in at a much higher 40% ABV.

“Usually in Italy [limoncello] is between 80-120 proof but here in the states for some reason [many] do it closer to 20 proof,” said Guilfoy. “We wanted to create this at a higher proof so people could make cocktails with it. When you add low proof limoncello to a drink it dilutes down to 2-3% alcohol, and if you make a cocktail you want it to finish at 10% alcohol or more.”

Speaking of cocktails, Guilfoy suggests combining two parts Grapefruitcello, one part Vim and Petal gin from Middle West Spirits, and seltzer water for a refreshing spring/summer cocktail.

Noble Cut Distillery is located at 750 Cross Pointe Rd, Suite K in Gahanna and hosts bottle shop hours on Saturdays from noon to 4pm. Distillery tours can be booked online.

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As part of their ongoing sustainability initiatives, Land-Grant Brewing Company will host the Sun-Grant Sustainable Beer Fest this May in Franklinton.

The event, hosted in Land-Grant’s solar powered beer garden, will take place on May 4th from 3pm-8pm coinciding with the conclusion of neighboring COSI’s Science Fair. The brewery has invited several other sustainability-minded breweries to showcase their beer and environmental best practices at the event, including Jackie O’s, HiHo, Little Fish, MadTree, Warped Wing, Wolf’s Ridge, Woolly Pig and Sierra Nevada.

Tickets for the event are currently on sale for $35 in advance or $40 day-of and include 10 5oz tastings, a souvenir glass and a limited edition notebook with info about each participating brewery.

“As we continue our pursuit of sustainable brewing, we’ve learned that while there is plenty of work to do making ourselves sustainable, we can accomplish so much more by working together with our brewing and local community,” said Land-Grant co-owner Walt Keys in a statement. “The idea behind this fest is to bring sustainable breweries together to celebrate our efforts thus far, share our stories with our fans, and rally to continue the effort for a more environmentally friendly craft beer industry here in Ohio.”

The Sun-Grant Sustainable Beer Fest will takes place on May 4th from 3pm-8pm at 424 W. Town Street.

Land-Grant also announced the next release in their Sun-Grant sustainable beer series, which is named for and inspired by the Sun-Grant Association, a group of Land-Grant Universities that research and develop sustainable and environmentally friendly bio-based energy alternatives.

The new beer is Helios Rustic Lager which features local honey from the Stratford Ecological Center near Delaware, Ohio; Pilsner malt from Haus Malts in Cleveland; Michigan-grown Triple Pearl hops; and a Kveik yeast strain that ferments at an energy-efficient lower temperature. Helios will be released on draft and canned six packs at the Land-Grant taproom on Earth Day — Monday, April 22. For every pint and six-pack sold, $2 will go toward Land-Grant’s Sun-Grant Fund which the brewery uses to reduce their environmental impact. More information about the fund can be found here.

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This morning, representatives from more than a dozen local breweries met up at Seventh Son Brewing to mash in on the collaboration beer for this year’s fifth annual Columbus Craft Beer Week, which will take place May 17-25.

This year’s collaboration is Six One Pour, a hazy IPA with key lime puree featuring newly released Sabro and Idaho Gem hops and Omega Kviek yeast. The beer shares its name with CCBW’s flagship beer festival, which this year will take place at COSI on May 18. Tickets are now on sale for $45-$65 with DD tickets also available.

Representatives from Barley’s Brewing, Brew Brothers, BrewDog, Grove City Brewing, Homestead, Hofbrauhaus, Ill Mannered, Land-Grant, Lineage, Nocterra, North High Brewing, Nostalgia, Olentangy River Brewing, Outerbelt Brewing, Pretentious and Seventh Son took part in today’s collaboration brew day.

The beer will be released in mid May around the kickoff of Columbus Craft Beer Week. The beer will be available in kegs and cans at many of the venues participating in CCBW as well as at Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest.

Related: the deadline for Columbus Craft Beer Week events to be submitted for inclusion in the print program is today.

photo courtesy Ohio Craft Brewers Association

full disclosure: Drink Up Columbus is an in-kind sponsor of Columbus Craft Beer Week

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Land-Grant Brewing Company and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are teaming up again to perfectly pair Land-Grant’s beer with Jeni’s famous ice cream.

Land-Grant brewers and Jeni’s ice cream experts will lead three guided tasting sessions on Tuesday, March 19 pairing four Land-Grant beers each with a spring seasonal scoop of Jeni’s.

The brewery will offer three different sessions of the tasting on Tuesday at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Tickets for the early session are $22 while tickets for the latter two sessions are $25. Reserve your spot online.

The pairing will take place at Land-Grant Brewing on Tuesday, March 19th. Land-Grant is located at 424 W. Town St in Franklinton.

photo credit: Land-Grant Brewing Company

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