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Taking Flight

Taking Flight

Mark Gaerke of the Wooden Shoe Inn in Minster serves up a Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey flight.

WBWAO Winners

WBWAO Winners

The team from PDI of Ironton — (l-r) Jeff Sandlin, Roy Burton, Eric Mason and Randy Osborne — celebrate their victory earlier this month at the 2022 Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio annual golf outing at Moraine Country Club.

Fretboard Brewing

Fretboard Brewing

Fretboard Brewing COO Kevin Moreland (left) and brewer Mike Walle, along with partner Joe Sierra and Account Manager Chris Ellison, celebrate the Cincinnati brewery’s silver medal at the recent World Beer Cup competition.

4th of July Brewdog USA

4th of July Brewdog USA

Employees at BrewDog’s U.S. headquarters in Canal Winchester, as well as those at BrewDog bars in Ohio and around the world, are being offered an opportunity to participate in a new profit-sharing program that will make them employee-owners.

Keith Jackson at Combustion Brewery

Keith Jackson at Combustion Brewery

Combustion Brewery co-owner and brewmaster Keith Jackson will be pulling double duty this summer when the Pickerington-based craft brewer opens a second location in the Columbus neighborhood of Clintonville.

Lobos Up North

Lobos 1707 investor, Akron native and NBA All-Star LeBron James (left) celebrates last month’s launch of the tequila and mezcal brand in the Canadian market with brand founder and Chief Creative Officer Diego Osorio (center) and special guest Drake.

Board Members Welcomed

Board Members Welcomed

Julie Novak (center left) of Hail Mary’s Restaurant & Bar in Westlake and Liz Valenti (center right) of Wheat Penney Oven & Bar and Meadowlark in Dayton, were two of three new Ohio Restaurant Association board members elected at the group’s recent first-quarter board meeting in Worthington. Welcoming the new additions, which also included Laurie Torres of Mallorca in Cleveland, are (l-r) ORA Vice Chair Gary Callicoat, External Affairs & Government Relations Director Tod Bowen, Board Chair Sheila Trautner, and President and CEO John Barker.

Jackie O’s on Fourth

Construction underway at Jackie O’s on Fourth will bring a bar and patio to the Athens-based brewer’s carryout-only location in Columbus.

Extra Special Debut

Extra Special Debut

Four-time NBA champion LeBron James sports all four of his championship rings for the debut of the new bottle for Lobos 1707 Tequila and Mezcal’s Extra Añejo tequila. James, who won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, is an investor and shareholder of Lobos 1707.

Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

Quinn Allen is congratulated by his mother, Sandy Allen, after she presented him with the 2021 Ohio Tavern News “Permit Holder of the Year Award.” The presentation, delayed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, took place Jan. 31 during the annual membership meeting of the Ohio Bar Owners Association at The Walrus in Columbus.