Columbus Food News: Bye-bye, Stone Brewing. Hello, Land Grant and local pumpkin brews!

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Well, in case you didn't hear, Stone Brewing Co. has opted to build their new facility in Richmond, Virginia, and not Columbus. Stone founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner penned a letter to Columbus - especially to the hard-working Stone2Cbus group - to thank everyone for their enthusiasm. As another thank you, Stone is brewing a special beer to be released only in Central Ohio.

Good news for beer lovers, though! The beer will begin flowing at Land-Grant Brewing in Franklinton this Saturday, Oct. 18. They're opening their taps with four offerings: the Stiff-Arm IPA, Greenskeeper Session IPA, Son of a Mudder Brown Ale and the American kolsch 1862 Ale.

The MEATbarpop-up began its temporary lunch and dinner run downtown at 122 S. High St. Brought to you by Yavonne Sarber, owner of de-NOVO, Oliver's and Manifesto, MEATbar focuses on meat + starch bowls. Customers choose a meat from pork cheek, beef ribs, chicken, ahi tuna, or others, then combine that with a base of mashed potatoes, basmati rice, quinoa, mac & cheese, or spaetzle. It earns pop-up status because it's only open through Nov. 9 to coincide with the touring run of "The Lion King" at the Ohio Theatre next door.

The Short North Mojoe Lounge/Cup O' Joe closed this past Sunday. Cup O' Joe President Mark Swanson cited lack of traffic due to construction, parking meter limitations and the loss of a nearby surface lot, as one of the big reasons for the close.

While one shop closed, another is close to opening. The Roosevelt Coffeehouse at 300 E. Long St. has begun hosting pop-up hours. The coffee shop serves coffee with a conscience; proceeds from sales will go to organizations working to provide clean drinking water, fighting hunger or combatting human trafficking. Keep an eye on them on Facebook for exact pop-up hours.

The Circleville Pumpkin Show runs through Saturday, Oct. 18. Fans of all things pumpkin should make the trek south for any and all of the following pumpkin items: pie, donuts, cake, chili, waffles, fudge, ice cream, and well, everything else.

Speaking of pumpkin … finally some local pumpkin beers are hitting bottles and taps. Sideswipe Brewing launched its Squashing Pumpkins ale, made with butternut squash and pumpkins. It's available in 750- milliliter bottles at local shops and on tap at the taproom. Wolf's Ridge Brewing is serving up a slice of Pi, its oak- and vanilla-flavored pumpkin ale. And Smokehouse Brewing rolls out Punkt on Oct. 31; they've even loaded some pumpkin ale into bourbon barrels and named it Banshee.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus." He's a regular contributor to Columbus Crave, and leads breakfast tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.