Although North High Brewing is a young microbrewery, its building is filled with history. The brewery's building housed a Ford dealership in 1917 and is currently filled with gleaming copper equipment and repurposed architectural elements from throughout the country, including doors and windows from old Ohio State University buildings, post offices, and an 1870s-era distillery. In addition to sampling the stouts and ales at the wraparound bar, visitors can also brew their own custom beer with North High Brewing's brew kettle.
When you think of places known for fashion, a tight clique of hot spots comes to mind—Paris, Milan, whatever city Labyrinth took place in, and Columbus, Ohio. Today's deal gets men and women the best of the latter: for $29, you get $60 of "clothing for fashionable savages" at Milk Bar in Short North. Milk Bar is single-handedly putting America's heartland on the style map, using those big colorful push pins to reveal an ominous houndstooth pattern. The store's impressive collection of independent and contemporary brands, along with its laid-back, holistic approach to fashion, gave Columbus Alive no choice but to name the establishment Best New Store in 2009. Prices and selection in-store may vary from online (this Groupon is valid for in-store only). Parking is free.
Brady Konya and Ryan Lang aren't from Ohio, but they loved the area for its business-friendly community and rich natural resources, and decided Columbus was where they had to build their distillery. The duo's passion for the Midwest colors everything about Middle West Spirits, from the name down to the Ohio-grown soft red winter wheat in their whiskey and award-winning vodka, which they also infuse with honey and vanilla beans or stone fruit. Inside the distillery, which sprawls over 10,000 square feet of open air, Brady and Ryan craft these artisan OYO spirits—named after the original word for the Ohio River Valley, pronounced o-y-o—in 600-liter pot-and-column stills. Hand-built onsite by German craftsmen using copper, stainless steel, and bits of Saturn's rings, these stills earned Middle West Spirits a place on Popular Mechanics' 5 of the World's Most-High-Tech Distilleries list.
For the minds behind Brothers Drake Meadery, being a truly local business doesn't just mean making a product with local ingredients. In an effort to support the local economy, each Brothers Drake batch?crafted from local wildflower honey, as well as local fruits and spices?is exclusively sold in Ohio. These days, the meadery specializes in more than 10 varieties, from semidry traditional meads to meads mixed with apple cider.
Brothers Drake's barkeeps even incorporate the honeyed libation into specialty cocktails, including the Meadarita, a blend of vodka, orange liqueur, and freshly pressed lime juice. Local and organic ingredients flavor the cocktails, too, and beers made by Ohio breweries make up the beer selection. Japanese bar bites, such as deep-fried tofu, complement drinks, which patrons can enjoy amid almost daily live music that ranges from jazz to reggae to whale song.
Racks of obsidian and golden bottles line the monolithic wine wall of Camelot Cellars's rustic boutique, bringing together varietals crafted by the winery and selections from around the world. Beneath chandeliers and brick facades, guests clink glasses of aromatic vintages and play favorite xylophone songs on themed tasting flights served atop the smooth contours of the locally hewn wooded bar. Small plates of cheeses, meats, and bread also gather nearby, cleansing palates and bringing out the wine’s subtler tones. Nearby, the convivial sound of good cheer emanated from the Tuscan Table and the private Tuscan Room, which house large groups and may be rented out for gatherings.
Not satisfied to fill their casks with only their own brews, the winery also aids clients in handcrafting their own artisan wines. With the help of a resident expert, prospective vintners assemble their preferred style of wine, leaving it in the capable hands of the winery for 6–12 weeks. Each bottle is then identified with a custom label, making perfect keepsakes for weddings, parties, or obedience-school graduations.