This hero of husbandry did some fine fieldwork.
First off, he brought back a good number of beers: 12 drafts, 13 American microbrews and 23 imports. Domestic bottles start at $2, drafts at $3 and craft concoctions at $4.
That pack of his had room for food, too.
Lost Shepherd's menu includes interesting appetizers like a BBQ Chicken & Chorizo Sausage Pizza ($9), a selection of entrees like Portuguese Paella ($15) and a burger called the Royale with Cheese ($8).
If you go Wednesday night, be sure to pick up a Beer & Basket special, which is in the running for best bar bite in town. For $5, you get a delicious piece of fried fish, fries, coleslaw and a pint of Smithwick's or Miller Lite.
Whatever you choose, enjoying it is easy in a relaxed interior lined with gray stone and accented by dark hardwood, vintage-looking sconces and sprigs of holly. Designers seemed to understand that you can evoke a nation's charm without littering a space with flags and trinkets.
It's a place you could get used to, and many locals clearly have.
Those coming from Columbus will want to avoid rush-hour traffic along Rt. 315, but this place is definitely worth a drive. There's no better time than this month, with Powell's nearby town square draped in a delightful holiday icing.
The Lost Shepherd has an extensive selection of beer from the United States and beyond, including these 12 on tap:
Bell's Two Hearted Ale
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager
Great Lakes Burning River
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
Sam Adams Winter Lager
St. Bernardus Abt 12