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Q: When & how was Kindred Artisan Ales established?
We were established in the fall of 2014 and opened our brewery and Tasting Room in April 2016
Q: What inspired you to start Kindred?
Kindred was a collaboration between myself, a local investor group and Patrick Gangwer who manages our sour barrel-aging program.
Q: Why did you choose Gahanna as the home forKindred Artisan Ales?
Gahanna had the real estate required for our operation as well as a vibrant community of folks who we are proud to serve our beer to. The citizens and City Hall have been very supportive of our mission since day one.
Q: What sets your ales apart?
We brew many different types of ales at Kindred but what we bring to the area that is a little different is a focus on Belgian brewing tradition and mixed fermentation ales. The latter are typically aged in wine barrels through a secondary fermentation from wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria. These beers offer a pleasing tartness and complexity and are often refermented with fruit and spices. The various barrels come together as a unique blend, much like wine, before going through a natural carbonation process in the bottle. This process can take anywhere from 6 months to a few years but we hope to release a small number of bottles by the end of 2016.
Aside from these specialty ales, we produce a plethora of different beers in our production brewery such as our Kindred Wit, Farmhouse Pale Ale and Salvage Porter. We have just started filling six packs, so keep an eye out for Kindred on store shelves in the coming weeks.
Q: Any recommended chews to go with those brews?
We believe that good beer should always go well with food so we strive to create balanced and refreshing beers at all costs. Our Kindred Wit pairs especially well with lighter fare like greens, fish and chicken. Farmhouse Pale Ale, or “FPA” as we affectionately call it, has a lot of floral and citrusy hop character that pairs nicely with spicy food. Our Salvage Porter pairs well with smoked meats, chocolate and crisp fall weather.
Q: Since Kindred is located in “Ohio’s Herb Capital,” have you created any ales or cocktails that celebrate this designation w/ herb infusions?
For special occasions we have infused some of our beers with various herbs like thyme and basil. This tends to work well with our Belgian-style beers that already possess nice spicy characteristics from our yeast. We have talked pretty seriously about brewing an herb-centric beer next summer to commemorate Gahanna as our state’s herb capital.
Q: What’s on tap for fall?
Salvage Porter has just been released in kegs around Columbus with six-packs right around the corner. This dark ale is brewed with three types of English roasted malts to create a subtle earthy bitterness with flavors of dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Right now at the Tasting Room we have some coffee infusions on tap with plenty more variations to come. Salvage is a fun beer for us to play around with.
Q: What’s YOUR favorite Kindred ale?
My personal favorite is the Kindred Wit. It’s a very refreshing and bright beer. As I mentioned earlier, I feel it goes well with many different food dishes. It is brewed with coriander, orange peel and chamomile and possesses balanced flavor and soft mouthfeel.
Q: Where else can people find Kindred Artisan Ales?
Visit KindredAles.com for more information about us and our beer. Also, wee are active on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram. And Kindred will soon be sending six packs of Kindred Wit, Salvage Porter and Farmhouse Pale Ale to bottle shops and grocery stores in the central Columbus area.
Visit Kindred Artisan Ales:
505 Morrison Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230 (614) 528-1227
Tuesday – Friday: 4pm-12am
Saturday: 12 noon-12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon-10pm
(Happy Hour Everyday from 4- 7pm)
To learn more about the breweries, restaurants and eateries in Gahanna, Ohio, check out our Dine-Drink listings.
It you've driven through Gahanna Ohio's Creekside District any time during the past several months, you've likely noticed the large shiny Airstream trailer that sits in front of 167 Mill Street. It's the home of locally owned and operated, Blank Slate Coffee ... a small haven filled with great coffee, good people and inspiration. The business is taking the next step in its mission to build community by hosting, "Art at the Airstream" on September 17. We chatted with owner Matthew Robertson to learn more. What’s your basic business philosophy?
As residents of Gahanna, my wife and I believe in the importance of community. We ascribe to the philosophy that, “A rising tide lifts all boats” and working to build up our community will be beneficial to all. We use coffee to build community.
Tell us about your upcoming event, “Art at the Airstream.”
Art at the Airstream (7-9 pm, Saturday, September 17th) will feature local visual artists as well as live musicians from the Greater Columbus area. Several of the artists are current Gahanna residents. Attendees are encouraged to view the work from each artist, enjoy the live music and consider supporting our growing art community by purchasing from a local artist.
What inspired you to offer this event?
We were inspired by the glimpses of incredible local talent we were seeing, and motivated by the fact that currently there is not a solid, grassroots platform to allow those artists to be more visible. We see the value in highlighting that aspect of our community and are happy to make the investment.
Our Facebook page is a good source of information.
Using cast-off license plates in unique ways, Gahanna Ohio resident and artist Floyd Appleman has created a thriving business called Rustic Apple Art that is capturing international attention. As fans of his work (after he participated in ourGahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau events including theCreekside Blues & Jazz Festival and Holiday Lights Celebration) we chatted with Floyd to learn more about his journey …
What is Rustic Apple Art and when was it established?
We create and sell license plate signs, art, and other rustic pieces. I created it in early 2015 and we have grown a lot in a short time.
What inspired you to start creating this kind of art?
My mom was an avid crafter and decorator when I was growing up (and she still is). She decorated our house, at first for every holiday, and has moved into a theme for every month. (June features cows for national dairy month.) My dad LOVES cars and I have been to many car shows with him over the years (’56 Chevy Bel Aire is his favorite). The combination of my hobbies through the years and my mom and dad’s influences helped inspire me to create Rustic Apple Art.
What is your background?
I have degree in Finance from The Ohio State University and a “masters” in enjoying colors, travel, and people, which go along nicely with collecting and creating with license plates. I enjoy creating pieces for people when they bring me their plates. To hear the stories of a family’s travels and life experiences when they had those plates along for the ride makes the art piece—made with those plates—mean so much more to my customers. I love being able to help customers create a nostalgic art piece out of something that was previously stored in a box in the garage or basement. For customers who don’t have their old plates tucked away somewhere, I have plenty of plates to create something that will be meaningful for them.
How do you find your materials?
I have been a license plate collector for years and after running out of room to store them, I started creating pieces to sell to support my habit. Flea markets, eBay, Craigslist, and donations have helped me build my collection of plates. I love the nostalgia that goes with each of my creations. I think it’s pretty cool knowing that an old Ohio plate, say from 1966, once traveled and was destined to be put in my hands to create a custom Ohio sign for someone.
What inspires your designs?
How I live my life inspires my designs. I’m a very positive person and that leads to many license plate signs that have a positive message such as “Dream Big” and “Be Epic.” My love of World War II aviation history has led to plane designs and my love of animals led me to “FIN,” my 6 foot long license plate shark, plus the cardinal–which is my wife’s favorite piece.
What’s the most unusual piece you’ve ever created?
I often do customized pieces in which I add a family name or phrase by request. Occasionally I take on more complex commissioned work. A piece I just completed was the Pathfinder badge for a military family. It was a little outside my comfort zone design-wise, but I like to take on projects like this every once in a while, to help me grow as an artist.
How has your business grown over the past few years?
My brother and I started out in a few flea markets and really received great feedback from customers. Columbus has a strong Made Local community and we were fortunate enough to get accepted in several local retailers specializing in locally made products. We are now in 9 locations around Ohio and continue to do festivals and Ohio arts and crafts shows. Country Living magazine even contacted us recently and featured one of our pieces in the July/ August issue. That really increased our online and social media presence.
What makes Gahanna a good place for your business?
Gahanna festivals have been getting bigger and bigger every year. We moved to Gahanna 14 years ago and are so happy to be raising our family here. The Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival in 2015 was our first big show and the Visit Gahannateam that put on the show could not have been any more supportive. We had the pleasure of participating in the festival again this summer, as well as the Holiday Lights Celebration last November. I love sharing my work with the community that I call home! I buy a lot of my supplies locally from Gahanna Hardware. Twyla and the staff there are amazing. They have assisted me with supplies for my business and many home improvement projects. They even started telling customers they can drop off license plate donations for us, which makes for a great example of Gahanna businesses supporting each other.
What’s the furthest your art has ever “traveled” to find a new home? (As far as you know.)
I sold a piece to couple from Norway who were visiting Ohio, and I have shipped a sign to a pub owner in England. The pub owner ended up emailing me and wanted to know what state each letter was from so he could tell his patrons when they asked.
Where can people find your art?
Online: RusticAppleArt.com or my Etsy shop: RusticAppleArt.Etsy.com
Social Media: Rustic Apple Art on Facebook, @RusticAppleArt on Instagram and Twitter
Anything advice for those who are looking for follow their creative passion? I love passionate people and I want to reassure people that they really can achieve anything they want in life with hard work. One of my favorite quotes is from Denzel Washington: “Dreams without goals remain dreams.” (There’s a great YouTube video also). Write your goals down, then read them every day and go after them with discipline and consistent action. My current success is due to others giving me this same message that nothing is impossible and you don’t fail unless you give up. Never give up!
When and where will the Vettes, Rods & Classics Car Show be held? The show is Saturday, August 6 from 12-9 pm. at Creekside in Gahanna. The rain date is Sunday, August 7 with the same times.
How many years has the show existed?
This is our 15th year for the show, however only the last three have been held at Creekside.
Why Gahanna? I’m a lifelong resident of Gahanna. I love our community and the City of Gahanna has gone out of their way to help support our car show. Plus, Creekside is a great location for a car show.
What can visitors expect to find/see/ do there? Visitors can expect first class customer service and beautiful cars on display. The band Nightfall will perform at 5 pm. There are about a dozen restaurants at Creekside, and there will be some vendors, as well.
How many people do you expect? Where do most of your visitors/ entries come from? Weather permitting, we expect to have 275 cars on display. We will have cars from all over Ohio and even surrounding states.
What makes this show unique? This show is known for our awards, door prizes and the quality of vehicles on display. Everyone comments on what a beautiful setting we have for our car show.
What is one thing that most people might be surprised to learn about the show?
100% of the money raised is for the children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Is there a cost to attend? There is no charge for spectators. The cost to enter a vehicle into the show is $15. ALL MAKES AND MODELS ARE WELCOME.
Where can people go to learn more?
People can visit capcitycorvette.com or contact Mark Thomas at 614.329.1717
Visitors will find Gahanna hotels located just 5 minutes from Creekside Gahanna. Call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at 614/418-9114 for package information or go HERE to book your hotel now.
We (The Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau team) were pretty sure that we smelled the barbecue before Barrel & Boar officially opened in the heart of Gahanna, Ohio’s Creekside District. They didn’t really need a sign to let locals know they had arrived. Word is out and, oh. my. We’re so glad that B&B has landed in the Herb Capital of Ohio (and that they are just a stone’s throw from our offices)! What’s B&B all about? We wondered, too. So we asked Ben Mooney, General Manager of Barrel & Boar Gahanna.
1) What’s the history of Barrel & Boar?
Stan Riley began at YOHO’s Café in Westerville, working his way from part-time dishwasher to owner of the space in the early 2000’s. The company was then re-branded to Holy Smoke BBQ as a reflection of his dream to run a quick serve, slow-smoked BBQ restaurant. After opening in the North Market and finding a home on North Hamilton Rd, it was decided that we should develop a brand around the inspiration and blend of styles that Riley wanted to feature on his menu, while promoting and supporting the craft BBQ that made the growth possible. Barrel & Boar was created to reflect our passion and craftsmanship for the finest smoked meats, scratch side dishes, cocktails, and local beer.
2) When did Barrel & Boar open at 121 Mill St. in Creekside Gahanna?
We opened on May 24, 2016.
3) What can visitors expect to find at B&B Gahanna?
Our “Gastro-cue” concept features traditional and unique southern inspired dishes, paired with carefully crafted smoked meats.
4) What makes B&B stand apart from the competition?
Put simply, our product and our roots here in Ohio. The “low and slow” style of smoking meat is a practice we have loved and developed for the past three decades, all taking place in Ohio. Whether it’s Westerville, Newark, downtown Columbus, and now here in Gahanna, the support of our products and people have driven our business to neighborhoods we call home.
5) Gahanna is recognized as the “Herb Capital of Ohio.” As a member of the Visit Gahanna Herbal Trail, what kinds of herb inspired goodness can visitors find on your menu?
Our herb inspiration seamlessly blends into our specialty cocktail list. Our “Southern Hospitality” features fresh mint, Carolina-made Sweet Tea vodka, and lemonade. We also incorporate smacked basil in our Gin-based “Agave Cooler.”
6) We understand that B&B offers a nice Sunday Brunch. What do you offer? Sweet southern-style pancakes drive our brunch menu, along side smoked meat skillets and omelets, and “life changing” biscuits and gravy, paired with a variety of other breakfast items.
7) Does Barrel & Boar ever feature live entertainment?
We feature live music on both Thursdays and Saturdays of each week. Will Freed headlines our Thursday night entertainment in the bar area from 6-9pm, while Brian Peters of “Deuce and a quarter” plays every Saturday night from 7-11pm.
8) What else is unique about Barrel & Boar Gahanna?
We have space available for private events, parties, and get-togethers throughout the restaurant. We will be hosting beer dinners, cigar and bourbon events, added live entertainment, and fantasy draft-day promotions ALL COMING SOON! Also, curbside carryout will be available in the coming months.
9) Where can visitors find B & B online?
All new visitors to Barrel & Boar can find information, menus, calendars and hours of operation, and make online reservations through: barrelboar.com or visit us on Facebook.
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