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A new meadery is rising up on the east side of Columbus.

Uprising Meadworks co-owners Nate Rhone and Jenn Ganoe are opening the doors to their new meadery on August 3, just in time for National Mead Day on August 4.

“Nate’s been homebrewing beer for years and decided to try mead and we loved it, so one day — maybe after a few glasses of mead — we decided this was something other people would probably like, too, and it grew from there,” said Ganoe.

Uprising is located across the street from Actual Brewing Company and next door to makerspace Cloudhaus. Rhone has been longtime friends with Actual owner Fred Lee and Cloudhaus owner Chris Hartley, connections which helped land the meadery where it is.

“We are completely self funded,” said Rhone. “We don’t have investors, we don’t have bank loans, so the dollar amount we had to make everything work was very, very, very set in stone. One day I was lementing over trying to find the right space and this space kind of fell into our lap.”

Uprising is producing their small batches of mead in a 600 liter fermentater with three 600 liter aging tanks. The meadery sources all of their honey comes from Honeyrun Farm in Williamsport, Ohio and uses Ohio grown fruit whenever possible.

“We try to stay Ohio focused whenever we can,” said Rhone.

Uprising’s taproom, which is still under construction, will feature an 18-foot bar and two tables with seating to accomodate about 25 people. Four taps will be pouring mead at launch with an additional two planned to be added soon after.

The opening mead lineup includes Omega, a traditional mead “with a twist,” Casmere, a raspberry and beat mead; Spruce Goose, with lemon and cherry; and First Rebellion, aged with apples on bourbon oak.

“What we really like doing is exploring all that mead can be,” said Ganoe. “We really like discovering the different flavors and different types and we want to do that with our business. Our goal is to try and have a new release every 4-6 weeks.”

Future plans for the meadery include experimenting with pyment — a type of mead made with both honey and grapes — and producing carbonated “session meads” as soon as they are able to procure a brite tank.

For major mead fans, Uprising is offering membership in the “Uprising Social Club:” a $60-per-year fee which includes early access to new mead releases, discounted drafts on Thursdays, and discounts on merchandise. For a limited time, membership in the “Uprising Founders Club,” with includes lifetime membership in the aforementioned plus a t-shirt and an engraved growler with discounted refills, can be purchased for $150. Membership can be purchased online.

Uprising Meadworks is located at 687 North James Road. Taproom hours after the August 3 opening will be Tuesday and Thursday from 4-9pm; Friday from 4-10pm; and Saturday from 2-10pm.

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The North Market has once again rounded up an assortment of Ohio wineries for the 17th annual North Market Ohio Wine Festival July 13 and 14.

The two day Ohio Wine Festival will feature over a dozen Ohio wineries including Brandeberry Winery, Chateau Tebeau Winery, Debonne Vineyards, Doughty Glen Winery, Eldchrist Winery, Ferrante Winery, Hanover Winery, Henke Winery, Maize Valley Winery, Meranda-Nixon Winery, Plum Run Winery, Troutman Vineyards & Winery and The Winery at Wolf Creek.

Admission is $25 (good for both days) and includes a souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and a $5 North Market Food Voucher to spend with a North Market Merchant. Tickets can be purchased online. Proceeds from the event benefit the North Market Development Authority, the not-for-profit organization that operates the city’s historic public market.

The Ohio Wine Festival will take place Friday, July 13 from 5-8pm and Saturday, July 14 from 1-9pm. North Market merchants will remain open till 9pm for the festivities.

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Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Columbus Summer Wine Festival, set to take place place on Saturday, August 25 at the Columbus Commons.

The event is designed to showcase Ohio wines with more than fifteen wineries expected to take part, although a list of participants has not yet been released. The fest will also feature artisan exhibits, food trucks and live musical entertainment.

General admission tickets, which include 10 tasting tickets and a glass, are $35, but early bird tickets are available through July 31 for only $25. VIP tickets, include additional access to exclusive wines, free food and a hospitality tent, are also for sale for $75, and DD tickets are available for $10. All tickets can be purchased online. A portion of proceeds wil benefit CD102.5 for the Kids.

The Columbus Summer Wine Festival will take place from noon to 10pm on Saturday, August 25 at the Columbus Commons, located at 160 S High Street.

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Drink Up Columbus by Cheryl Harrison - 2w ago

Ohio is home to more than 280 wineries, with 950 acres of vineyards and over a million gallons of wine produced here each year, making Ohio the sixth largest wine producing state in the country.

Ohio’s thriving wine industry is celebrated throughout June, which Governor Kasich declared Ohio Wine Month back in 2012 to celebrate the local wine and winemakers accounting for nearly $97 million in wine-related tourism each year.

“Ohio Wine Month is an exciting time to showcase just how impactful the grape industry is to Ohio’s economy, and to encourage consumers to get out and explore the wonderful winery experiences right in their backyards,” said Christy Eckstein, Executive Director of the Ohio Grape Industries Commission (OGIC).

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate, OGIC has a calendar of all Ohio winery events on their website. Another way to participate is to take part in the second annual Pinot Quest in Northeast Ohio which offers visitors a chance to sample the state’s lesser known (and hard to grow). Pinot Quest Travel Cards are available for $30 ($25 for Ohio Wines VIP members) can be purchased at any participating winery, and visitors who stop at all 14 wineries during June will receive a special gift. Finally, OGIC is hosting a “Celebration Case” photo contest, which you can vote on here.

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High Bank Distillery will open their doors and begin pouring drinks on Monday, June 4 at 4pm.

The new distillery is the creation of Jordan Helman, owner of cold press juice shop Zest Juice Co, and partners Adam Hines and Calvin Jones.

The massive 17,000 square foot facility on Goodale in Grandview includes an 8,000 square foot restaurant with a spacious patio and a sizeable section in the back for table games including shuffle board, bubble hockey and fooseball.

“We tried to create something unique and something that doesn’t really exist in Columbus,” said Jones. “It’s kind of the brewpub concept but with a distillery and the large, open bar style that you’re seeing in downtown Columbus a lot right now.”

Cheff Todd Goodwin, most recently of the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, has been hired to lead the kitchen with a menu focused on “elevated bar food.”

“The menu is very seasonally inspired and farm-to-table for the most part,” said Goodwin. “We utilize a lot of local farms and local suppliers as much as we can. Since Zest has been so successful in Grandview, we decided to put a lot of healthier options on the menu and a lot of vegan and vegetarian options.”

In addition to dinner and lunch service — the latter of which is slated to start June 14 — High Bank will be serving brunch from 10:30-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays with menu items like bread pudding french toast, gluten-free buckwheat pancakes, and hot chicken and biscuits.

Out of the 300-gallon still, co-owner and Head Distiller Adam Hines has produced High Bank vodka, made from organic wheat and Ohio apples; State House Gin, an American-style gin that is citrus-forward. The distillery is also launching with Whiskey War, a blended rye whiskey which combines three mash bills three different Kentucky and Indiana distilleries which aged for 2.5 years. The distillery plans to produce its own bourbon which will take 2-3 years to hit the market.

“We’ll also have some special releases but we don’t know exactly what they will be yet,” said Jones. “We wanted to launch with three core products and make sure the quality was what it is first.”

The distillery’s name is out of the Ohio history books: when the state was planning the construction of the state capital, they considered Franklinton but, because of its proximity to a flood plane, chose instead to move it to the “High Bank” opposite Franklinton.

Bottles of High Bank’s spirits are currently for sale at the distillery’s retail shop and are expected to hit state liquor stores within the next 30 days. High Bank Vodka retails for $23.50, State House Gin retails for $26.99 and Whiskey War retails for $36.99.

High Bank Distillery is located at 1051 Goodale Boulevard in the Grandview area. The restaurant will open daily at 4pm through June 14, when lunch hours are set to start.

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Jeni’s Ice Creams and Land-Grant Brewing Company are partnering up for a day of beer, ice cream and tunes.

Jeni’s worked with Land-Grant to brew Elixir, a hibiscus-infused pale ale that pours a vibrant pink and is said to pair perfectly with strawberries.

The beer will be released at Jeni’s Strawberry Jam, an annual celebration of Ohio strawberry season which will take place this year at Land-Grant on June 2. In addition to the beer release, the event will feature Jeni’s Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream and other local eats from Hot Chicken Takeover, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit and little eater. Hirsch Fruit Farm, The Tart Peach, Bacca Coffee and Igloo Letterpress will also be part of the family-friendly festivities, and a portion of proceeds from the Strawberry Jam will benefit Besa, an organization that works to connect people to local charities that need help.

“We started Strawberry Jam as a way to honor what we do well in our city: rural and urban culture together, community and collaborations, quality and character, entrepreneurship and vision,” said Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, in a statement.

Music for the event will be provided by The Ramblers (1-2pm), The Emily Syring Band (2-3pm), Molly Winters (3-4pm), Maza Blaska (4-5pm), Gliders (5-6pm), DJ George Brazil (6-8pm) and Doc Robinson (8-10pm).

Jeni’s Strawberry Jam will take place Saturday, June 2 from 12-10pm at Land-Grant Brewing Company, which is located at 424 W Town Street.

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Six breweries and seven bands are teaming up for a rocking fundraiser this Saturday at Ace of Cups.

Wolf’s Ridge Brewing is throwing a mini music festival featuring several bands whose members are staff from the participating breweries: Wolf’s Ridge, Land-Grant, Seventh Son, Four String, Yellow Spring & Jackie O’s. Each brewery will be bringing a special beer to tap.

The music kicks off Saturday at 4:30pm with Doc Robinson, followed by The Fobz (5:30), Hellnaw (6:30), Oh Condor (7:30), Osage (8:30), The Ragoons (9:30) and Parade Rainer (10:30).

Tickets are $20 and are on sale at Used Kids Records, Ace of Cups and online. Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Dick & Jane Project, a local organization that pairs middle school students with songwriters to empower students to discover their voice through songwriting.

“We are really excited about this and plan to try and do it year after year, making it bigger and bigger with more bands and breweries participating,” said Jenny Hauck, Event Operations Coordinator for Wolf’s Ridge. “We want music and craft beer to come together as a positive force in Columbus, and this seemed like a good place to start.”

Doors open Saturday, May 26 at 2pm. Ace of Cups is located at 2619 N High Street.

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Breckenridge Brewery has hit the road for their second annual Breck Trek culture tour, next stop: Columbus.

Columbus is the second stop on the brewery’s six-city tour, which started last month in Houston and is heading next to St. Louis, Indianapolis, Tucson and Orange County. Breckenridge will be sharing their beer throughout the week via bar crawls, concerts and food pairings, with the first event taking place tonight, May 15. See below for the full schedule of events.

Pub Crawl (May 15)

Join the Breck Trek crew for beers, VR mountain views, and a first look at our collab work with Columbus artist Adam Brouillette. No ticket necessary.
6pm at Beck Tavern (284 E. Beck St.)
7pm at 16-Bit Bar + Arcade (254 S 4th St.)
8pm at The Walrus (143 E. Main St.)

Beer Dinner (May 16)

The chef at Hubbard Bar and Grill has created a special menu for our collaborative beer dinner. Four courses, five beers and amazing culinary combinations. Enter to win at breckbrew.com/breck-trek-cities/columbus.
5:30pm at Hubbard Bar and Grill (793 N. High St.)

Intimate Show with Castlecomer (May 16)

This is your chance to get up close and personal with this edgy, alt-pop crew. This is a free event but tickets are limited. Reserve tickets at breckbrew.com/breck-trek-cities/columbus.
10pm at Fourth Street Bar & Grill (1810 North Fourth St.)

Raffle-rama Happy Hour (May 17)

An important element of Breck Trek is making a positive impact and leaving behind some goodness. Breckenridge is partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to conduct a raffle at Park St. Tavern. The Breck Trek crew will spend the morning helping unpack and organize the Ronald McDonald House warehouse. Afterwards they’ll head to Park St. Tavern for a beer and to give away some awesome prizes, including Clippers tickets, a TV, swag and more. The grand prize is a commissioned Breck-inspired framed painting by Columbus artist Adam Brouillette. 100% of raffle ticket sales benefit Ronald McDonald House.
6-8pm at Park St. Tavern (501 Park St.)

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Watershed Distillery is bringing home high honors from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

The distillery won the “Best Flavored Gin” category for their Guild Series Chamomile Flavored Gin, which was created in collaboration with The Guild House in 2015. The gin also earned the Double Gold designation, which is awarded to entries that receive gold medal ratings by all members of the judging panel.

“One of the coolest things we get to do as distillers in Columbus is work with other amazing people and businesses in the community,” said Watershed co-founder Greg Lehman in a statement. “We had a great time working with the team from Cameron Mitchel’s on a signature gin for their Guild House restaurant. Seeing it win double gold in San Francisco makes us feel great about what we are doing and the caliber of people in this industry here in Columbus, Ohio.”

The 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was held from April 13th through April 15th. The 2018 Competition featured a record-breaking 2,469 spirit entries from all over the world.

Guild Series Gin is available for purchase at The Guild House in the Short North and at Watershed Distillery’s bottle shop, located at 1145 Chesapeake Avenue.

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Drink Up Columbus by Cheryl Harrison - 1M ago

The upcoming Kale and Ale Festival is combining farm-to-table fare with local craft beer on June 2 at Genoa Park.

“I want to offer people a way to get involved in the community, experience new music and discover new local beers and how amazing food prepared from fresh, whole ingredients can taste,” said festival founder and director Amie Sparks. “I don’t think there’s another festival quite like it.”

The inaugural Kale & Ale Festival will feature beers from BrewDog, Four String, Homestead, Ill Mannered, Knotty Pine, Land-Grant, Lineage, Loose Rail, Multiple Brewing, Platform, Rockmill, Seventh Son, Sideswipe and Wolf’s Ridge, as well as cider from Blake’s and Mad Moon.

Food for the event will be provided by Local Roots, Banana Leaf, Freedom a la Cart, Knotty Pine, Rockmill Tavern, Portia’s Cafe, The Crest and Westies Gastropub. Local musical talents Hebdo and Doc Robinson will also be performing.

General Admission tickets, which include up to 84oz of craft beer samples as well as food from the seven participating restaurants, are $75. VIP tickets are available for $100 and also include reserved seating, and designated driver tickets are available for $35. All tickets are available online. A portion of proceeds will benefit Freedom a la Carte, which provides employment opportunities to survivors of human trafficking.

The Columbus Kale & Ale Festival will take place Saturday, June 2 from 2-6pm at Genoa Park, which is located at 303 W Broad St. Additional Kale and Ale Festivals are planned in Cleveland (July 7) and Cincinnati (July 21).

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