Last week, Middle West Spirits was awarded the inaugural Innovation Award at the American Craft Spirits Association’s (ACSA) 2019 American Craft Spirits Awards. In the whiskey category, Middle West won the award for its OYO Sherry Finished Bourbon, a three-grain bourbon whiskey first matured in American white oak barrels and finished in sherry casks.

The Daily Growler holds the grand opening of its Polaris location 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The growler-fit spot and bar is locatedin the upper-level food court of Polaris Fashion Place. The Daily Growler now has four locations, including Upper Arlington, Powell and the Brewery District.

Dublin’s Bridge Park continues to court Columbus restaurants and bars. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants’ The Pearl, which first opened in the Short North, and Rise Brands’ Downtown members-only bar, No Soliciting, are expected to add second locations in the Bridge Park development. CMR’s The Avenue Steak Tavern and Cap City Fine Diner and Bar already have second locations in the Crawford Hoying development, and Rise Brands’ 16-Bit Bar + Arcade and Pins Mechanical Co. are part of Bridge Park as well.

A trio of Central Ohio breweries claimed hardware in the 2019 Best of Craft Beer Awards, which took place last weekend. Combustion Brewery & Taproom’s Brasky ale took home gold in the Scotch Ale category. In the American-Style Brown Ale category, Land-Grant Brewing Co. took home silver for its Son of a Mudder brew. North High Brewing Co. took home silver for its specialty honey beer, Honey Wheat.

Girl Scout Cookies season is here, which means the return of Seventh Son Brewing’s cookie and beer flights, now through Monday, Feb. 25. Try four beers paired with Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, Do-si-dos and Samoas for $12; proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland.

ThisWeek Community News reports that General Tso’s Chinese restaurant on the Northwest Side will close Saturday, Feb. 23, after 25 years in operation. 

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Beer of the Month: Pretentious Barrel House Truculent
Style: Sour Blonde Ale
ABV: 5.1%
Pretentious Barrel House opened in late 2017 as the city’s first brewery dedicated solely to sour beers. One of its base sours, Truculent, is available in 500-milliliter bottles and on tap at the Near East Side brewery. The hazy, bright yellow brew features a subtle tartness and a light fruitiness—think pears and mangos layered with a bit of funk. Bonus points if you can find Truculent variations infused with cucumber and lime or augmented with tropical Cashmere hops. —Nicholas Dekker

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