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BBQ and beer make for a great week at The Pigskin
What goes better than beer and BBQ? How about a full-blown pig roast?
Each year, the Pigskin Bar & Grill hosts the aforementioned porcine cookout, and their regular menu is always full of fantastic BBQ. Since this is Ohio Brew Week, you know there’s plenty going on there every day.
As the traditional home of Willoughby Brewing Company during Brew Week, fest goers flock to The Pigskin for their annual favorite brew, Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. And of course, they’ve got tons of other brews ready to go on draft and in cans.
A great place year-round, The Pigskin is the premier bar and grill restaurant in Athens, located in the heart of uptown.
They pride themselves on the ability to please every customer every day. Whether you come in for a meal or just drinks and good times with friends, they’ll treat you right.
The Pigskin elevates the idea of ordinary bar food. Their preparation and ingredients make the old favorites into something special again.
Don’t miss out on the annual Brew Week favorites. Make it down to The Pigskin Bar & Grill while you’re in Athens this July.
Little Fish making big splashes
Little Fish Brewing Company’s anniversary falls right before Ohio Brew Week, and every year they have much to celebrate.
Besides having one of the most amazing farmhouse ale bottle selections of any small brewery, they’ve hit a few other big milestones over the years.
In 2016, Little Fish won “Best New Business” in The Athens News Best of Athens Readers’ Choice Awards. They were named “Best New Brewer” in Ohio by the RateBeer Best awards, TWO years in a row. Which is saying something, because, you know, a ton of new breweries opened in Ohio.
The young facility kept racking up the acclaim, with their Barrel-Aged Woodthrush taking home gold in the “Belgian and French style ale” category at the World Beer Cup in 2016, and Petit Poisson winning bronze in 2018.
Some achievements are even more impressive than shiny gold medals and plaques. In their three years, Little Fish installed a foeder, planted hops, added solar panels and massively expanded their space with a new kitchen, increased production capacity and even a coolship. If you know Sean and Jimmy, you know how much these developments mean to them and their vision.
Land-Grant Brewing Company is a commercial brewery and taproom, located in the East Franklinton neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. It is a production facility producing kegs and cans of craft beer for the Ohio market, with an onsite taproom and beer garden that serves fresh beer in a comfortable atmosphere.
“We Make Beer For You.”
Land-Grant brings craft and Columbus pride to Brew Week
Land-Grant Brewing is named for the Morrill Act of 1862 which set aside federal land in each state for public universities. The love of a certain Columbus-based school inspired the name, and the love of the city itself led the owners of Land-Grant to set up shop in the area.
Luckily for us they don’t hoard all of that good beer up in Columbus!
Now boasting a half-decade of brewing, Land-Grant has cranked out a huge range of beers. Their core line (1862 Kolsch, to name one) are dependable go-tos. There’s always a Land-Grant six-pack you would feel great reaching for in a grocery store. But you don’t want to miss the exciting collaborations they get into, such as their yearly partnership with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. 2019’s collab beer is “Splendid Berry Brut” inspired by the annual Strawberry harvest and brewed to pair with Jeni’s Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream. Or just nice, fresh strawberries in general.
From kolsch to a strawberry brut, needless to say Land-Grant can produce fantastic examples in a wide variety of styles.
If you’re looking for a great taproom experience in Columbus, check out Land-Grant’s location in Franklinton, right across from BrewDog. Land-Grant vastly expanded their outside patio area in order to host outdoor events. This is a serious summer hangout spot.
Land-Grant even has a taproom at John Glenn International Airport. It’s arguably the best place to wait for your flight.
Of course, you can find a range of Land-Grant brews in six-packs and on draft around Columbus, and right here in Athens for Ohio Brew Week.
Make sure to follow Land-Grant and Ohio Brew Week on social media and check our beer list for where to find them around Athens this year.
Head to Columbus Road for Devilishly good brews
For years, Devil’s Kettle owner and brewer Cameron Fuller won award after award at the Ohio Brew Week Homebrew Competition.
As the accolades piled up, Cameron kept being pushed in one direction– open his own brewery.
Thankfully for Athens (and Ohio) he did just that in June 2015. He took his recipe book and worked to scale up those decorated brews on a state-of-the-art system, while creating some new ones in the process.
While the brewery’s name is somewhat sinister, Fuller is also fan of understated and approachable beer styles such as English Milds and dark lagers, providing a refreshing respite from the world of extreme brews. But he can do those too. Just watch for the range of unique offerings and barrel-aged beers he’s sure to release this year.
Since opening, Devil’s Kettle has added a beautiful patio, installed a solar panel array beside the brewery and added more beer taps (including two nitro) along with nonalcoholic offerings such as house-brewed ginger ale.
It’s the perfect spot to escape uptown, enjoy the patio and try out The Kitchen at Devil’s Kettle, a restaurant by Pork & Pickles, a local Athens gourmet food company.
If you come into town on Columbus Road, Devil’s Kettle will be the first brewery you see. Just look for the devilishly red building. And make sure to follow them on social media so you don’t miss any special releases during the week!