Bourbon Affair

Nikki Potz (center) of RNDC hosts an evening of Bird Dog whiskeys at Bourbon Affair in Findlay with owners Ryan Leonard (left) and Dave Spridgeon.

Ohio Wholesaler Elected NBWA Vice Chair

Published: 10/18/2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A beer wholesaler from Newark was among those elected officers of the National Beer Wholesalers Association for the 2016-17 term during the association’s recent 79th annual convention in Chicago.

Columbus Distiller Has 'Best' Whiskey

Published: 10/18/2016

NEW YORK — A Columbus distiller won three awards, including a best of category, at the recent New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.

Middle West Spirits’ OYO Dark Rye Pumpernickel Whiskey received a double gold medal and was named “Best Rye Whiskey” at the competition.

The Columbus distiller also won gold medals for OYO Wheat Whiskey and OYO Bourbon Whiskey, Michelone Reserve.

Ohio Minimum Wage To Increase In 2017

Published: 10/18/2016

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on Jan. 1 for most hourly employees.

For employees of companies with annual gross receipts of more than $299,000 per year, the minimum wage will increase to $8.15 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.08 per hour for tipped employees. The current minimum wages are $8.10 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.05 for tipped employees.

Best Ingredients, Down To The Ice, Key To Quality Cocktails

Published: 10/18/2016

The rocks in your cocktail make a difference to the overall quality of the drink, experts say. So it should come as no surprise that the desire for all natural juices, hand-crafted ingredients and out-of-the ordinary spirits are trending throughout Buckeye State bars and taverns.

Cris Dehlavi, master mixologist and president of the Ohio chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, said she’s having a lot of fun using sherry, rhum agricole and unique vermouths in drink recipes at the loungy, high-end bar-restaurant M in Columbus.

And don’t forget the ice.

Legislation: OVI Suspension Would Start After Jail Term

Published: 10/18/2016

COLUMBUS — It’s back to the Ohio House of Representatives for a measure that looks to park some of the most serious drunken driving offenders after a jail sentence.

The Ohio Senate last month unanimously passed House Bill 300, which would ensure that the suspension of the driver’s license begins at the time an offender convicted of OVI-related aggravated vehicular homicide is released from prison.