Clintonville's latest growler-fill shop has been open almost two months now, and while the High Street location is waiting for a license that will allow you to enjoy a pint on-site, bartender Adam McFadden is more than happy to offer samples or simply fill your growler. I talked to Adam recently in the beautifully adorned beer shop about a few of his favorite things. For the full list, head to columbusalive.com.
Clintonvilleís latest growler-fill shop has been open almost two months now, and while the High Street location is waiting for a license that will allow you to enjoy a pint on-site, bartender Adam McFadden is more than happy to offer samples or simply fill your growler. I talked to Adam recently in the beautifully adorned beer shop about a few of his favorite things. For the full list, head to columbusalive.com.
Skilletís [brunch] is top-notch, the best Iíve ever had. Skillet stands out because you have the whole package: Local food made by genuinely nice people in a small establishment. I donít have a go-to dish, which is what I love about Skillet. They change their menu daily, weekly, whenever they get new ingredients. Half the time Iím there I ask [waiter] Craig [Long] whatís good and he tells me and I eat it. Iím always impressed with what they can do with a simple pancake. They had a paw-paw pancake once; stuff you donít see anywhere else.
Wine, cider, beer ó I brew my own, but I canít say Iíve brewed as much as I wished. But I have friends who are really into it and turning out new brews consistently. I think thatís what I like about homebrewing, I can enjoy it and talk to my friends and be there when theyíre making it. Iíve had some homebrews that are just as good as some beers I can buy, and Iíve had some that arenít quite as good, but you always get a good story out of it. My first beer I brewed was an espresso stout. I think I might try to do a gose or some kind of German-style next.
I canít say I personally use it that much, because I have a few bikes of my own that I use. But I really like the idea of it, that you have this really connected network throughout the city and you can go from station to station. It raises a lot of awareness for biking because you see them all over the place now. I think itís putting biking and commuting by bicycle into the light of a viable means of transportation. It makes it more accessible and is reaching people who didnít before think that would be a mode of transportation theyíd use.
My dog, Willow
I adopted my dog about half a year ago from the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Theyíve had some bad press recently, but my dogís a wonderful dog. She kind of just caught my eye. I had in mind I wanted to get an older dog ó sheís five years old ó but beyond that I knew I wanted the dog to weigh more than 10 pounds. I take her down to the dog park at the Audobon every once in a while, and walk her around the Olentangy trail a lot. I had to start putting her on the leash more often when she started chasing deer down there. I take her out climbing with me in Kentucky and West Virginia. Sheís pretty good about that, as long as she doesnít follow me up the cliff, which she somehow did once. That was interesting, but it all worked out.
Mission Coffee Co.
Itís a dog friendly place, and besides that the people are truly nice. Good coffee, nothing too crazy about it. Just a really good straight pour-over. Thatís what Iím looking for when I go for coffee. I like the atmosphere a lot, too. Itís been my Saturday morning place of choice.