Westerville, or the former Dry Capital of the World, officially has its first brewery by the way of Temperance Row Brewing, housed inside Uptown Deli and Brew. True to its name, the front end of new State Street establishment-which soft-opened in late December-is an old-school-style deli with high-top tables, glass display cases and white-tile walls. Walk to the back of the deli, and the space gives way to a dusky tavern with a long wooden bar.

Westerville, or the former Dry Capital of the World, officially has its first brewery by the way of Temperance Row Brewing, housed inside Uptown Deli and Brew. True to its name, the front end of new State Street establishment-which soft-opened in late December-is an old-school-style deli with high-top tables, glass display cases and white-tile walls. Walk to the back of the deli, and the space gives way to a dusky tavern with a long wooden bar. Belly up, and you'll have a clear view of Temperance Row's tanks, visible through a glass panel. No matter where you plant yourself, you'll get full service-whether that is a sandwich at the bar or a beer in the deli.

Deli and Brew owner Tony Cabilovski tapped local beer vet Scott Francis (formerly of Columbus Brewing Co. and Barley's Brewing Co.) and his son, Alex, to run the brewery-and Francis' experience translates to the end product. Try a flight of all six beers ($9), or go for a pint of the best bets: the crisp Pilsner and the "anti-West Coast" IPA, as Cabilovski describes it. Temperance Row's IPA is tapped on nitrogen, not carbon dioxide, and you'll taste the difference in your first sip. It has a smooth, velvety body, similar to Guinness, but still offers a hoppy punch. Even non-IPA drinkers will enjoy the fresh take on this popular, if not tired, style. Bonus: It's only 6 percent alcohol-by-volume.

"Everything we do here is kind of reserved," Cabilovski says of Temperance Row's beer. "We're a little more traditional, which is maybe the trend now. We definitely don't want to beat anyone up with hops."

Food-wise, start things off with a giant soft pretzel ($8), which is warm, airy, light on salt and served with an IPA-spiked house mustard. Deli and Brew also offers a host of deli-style sandwiches served mostly on ciabatta and baguette. Go for the State & Main ($11) served on rye with pastrami, coleslaw and corned beef.

Like the ingredients in your sandwich? In about four weeks, Cabilovski says, you'll be able to handpick any of them from the deli display case, like meat, cheese and olives. Cold shelves are also reserved for eggs and milk-better than what you'll find at big box grocery stores, Cabilovski says. Deli and Brew is trading spent beer grains with Bellefontaine-based Blue Jacket Dairy, who, in return, will be supplying products to the deli.

Cabilovski is planning to hold a grand opening sometime in the next month or so, after the deli is fully stocked and the food menu is finalized.