All of the local high priests of hops, masters of malts and titans of taps will be on hand this Sunday for Barley's 14th-annual Homebrewer's Competition and Afternoon with the Brewers. So meet the beer-oscenti from Barley's, Gordon Biersch, Elevator Brewing Company, Columbus Brewing Company, Hoster's and Zanesville's Weasel Boy and rub elbows with them while you bend your own over their handmade sudsy products.

Barley's Afternoon with the Brewers

All of the local high priests of hops, masters of malts and titans of taps will be on hand this Sunday for Barley's 14th-annual Homebrewer's Competition and Afternoon with the Brewers. So meet the beer-oscenti from Barley's, Gordon Biersch, Elevator Brewing Company, Columbus Brewing Company, Hoster's and Zanesville's Weasel Boy and rub elbows with them while you bend your own over their handmade sudsy products.

But along with all the hoisting and toasting, that esteemed group will be tasting, judging and officially crowning the newest royalty of homebrew from this year's batch of worthy competitors.

Last year's champ - Matthew Boehn (who in his spare time works at DeepWood and Stauf's) - will be going out with a bang by having a keg of his first-place Black Bicycle Bier (a schwarzbier, which is a dark German lager) ceremoniously tapped and available for sipping.

The party and competition takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Barley's Downtown. Visit barleysbrewing.com/downtown for info. -G.A. Benton

Thrilla at the Grilla

On the previous day, Saturday, June 13, and only a few yards away from Barley's, the 2009 Baron of Barbecue will be chosen from the professional chefs battling it out at the North Market's Thrilla at the Grilla.

That high-noon fierce competition will be one of the highlights of the Market's Grillmasters Festival, a daylong celebration of the onset of summer.

There will also be an amateur barbecue sauce-off judged by local high-Q experts at 10 a.m. (with the winner taking home $50 in Market certificates); lots of Father's Day-appropriate outdoor cooking tips and demos (free food!); face painting for the wee ones; a series of strumming musicians; and, of course, a panoply of locavore delights and artisanal treasures from the Market's outdoor-fresh Farmer's Market and its renowned vendors. -G.A. Benton

So long and farewell

The current economy (yes, there's that ugly word again) is like a cruel storm that spares no one in its vicious path. So from haute cuisine restaurants that have been awarded four stars by AAA and been named the best place to eat in Ohio over and over again by Zagat, to the smallest, Mayberry-est, get-your-own-drinks-hon, mom-and-pop shop, all businesses are at risk.

Witness the sad, sad ends of both Handke's Cuisine and Nancy's Home Cooking.

Citing a 40 percent drop in business after the economy tanked in October, Handke's will be serving its last suppers on June 20. So if you've never gone, you should go while you still have the chance.

Nancy's closed at the end of May, after decades and decades of serving the community with the kind of old-school, blue-plate, retro-American specials that make people weep with nostalgia. While there's hope it may reopen soon, for now the place is shuttered. Both it and Handke's are irreplaceable and will be sorely missed. -G.A. Benton