The Heart of the Neighborhood (Origins of the Local Gastropub)

August 2012: Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary gets updated. Amongst the new additions are words like man cave, sexting, and . . . gastropub. Say what? Don’t worry, the only “Excuse me” that will be needed here is in reaching your table without bumping into fellow patrons.   From dictionary.com: [gas-troh-puhb] noun 1. a bar that serves good food and high-quality alcoholic beverages.   In simple terms that’s all there is to it. But as any good foodie knows, there is more to it than that. Let’s go back to the 1980’s, when ...

The Story Behind Fish n’ Chips

Do you support the North or the South? No, it’s not an American debate of Blue versus Grey, but rather, a debate of where the first fish and chip dish was served in England. Some folks vote for 1860, at the East London shop of Joseph Malin, while others back John Lees and his fish hut in the Mossley market during 1863. However, all agree that the first restaurant dedicated to the dish was opened by Samuel Isaacs in 1896. Located in London, the menu offered fish and chips, bread, and tea for a few pence. The shops’ posh decorations—including carpets, flowers, ...

What Makes an Excellent Craft Beer?

With over 300 restaurants serving up handcrafted brews, Arch City Tavern included, from a selection of about 25 local breweries, it’s no surprise that Columbus, Ohio is proud of our reputation for hoppy concoctions. Enough to host an annual beer week. But what makes craft beer so special? Why are patrons willing to spend their hard-earned dollars for a glass, or pint, of the tasty treat? For starters, when consumed in responsible amounts (one to two glasses per day), assorted university studies have found several health benefits to craft beer over the years: ...

For the Love of Craft Beer

Columbus Craft Beer
During Columbus’s Craft Beer Week, we all celebrate one of the greatest inventions and master crafts of modern man; Craft-Brewed Beer. There’s something majestic and respectable about a well-brewed beer and many would be surprised at how beautifully simple and yet highly complex the brewing process can be. For those who may not be an expert already, let’s walk through the brewing process so you can come into the bar and enjoy these malted miracles with a fresh perspective. All brewers are working the same basic ingredients; malted barley (sometimes wheat or other ...

The Belgian Tripel

We're big fans of all the varieties of craft beer but one that we're featuring more prominently this spring is the Belgian Tripel.  There are currently five beers available here at Arch City Tavern that feature the signature style of the Belgian Tripel craft brew, including:   Victory Golden Monkey 9.5% Alcohol, Available on Draft in Flight or Pint Piraat 10.5% Alcohol, Available in bottle Chimay White Label 8% Alcohol, Available in bottle La Fin Du Monde 9% Alcohol, Available in bottle Weyerbacher Merry Monks 9.3% Alcohol, Available in bottle We also ...

Andrew J. Ginther Fundraising Bash on April 15th

In case you haven't heard the news, Columbus City Council President Andrew J. Ginther has announced his Candidacy for Mayor of Columbus, and we're eager to support his run. The Fundraising Bash will take place Wednesday, April 15th 6:00-7:30pm Right Here at Arch City Tavern 862 North High Street Columbus, OH 43215 Come out and join us for food and drink specials and get the chance to rub elbows with some prominent figures in local government, including: Mayors Ray DeGraw (Grandview), Don Leach (Upper Arlington), and Kim Maggard (Whitehall) Council Members ...

The Arch City

In the 19th Century, a city’s nickname was not only well-defined but it was widely known and used.  If someone mentioned “the Twin Cities,” it was understood that they meant Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Mentioning “the Big Apple” was clearly a reference to New York City.  It was more in fashion then that it is now but, in those days, Columbus was well known as “The Arch City.” Most of the locals in Columbus are used to the street-spanning metal arches that line the Short North, West Broad, and a few other locations around the city.  Even today with the ...

How to Properly Appreciate Wine

Wine is a staple of sophisticated dining and often carries more of an allure than any other beverage.  Fine wines can cost thousands of dollars per bottle and the craft of winemaking has reached the status of high art the world over.   Of course, there are the cheap wines too but they’re never quite as satisfying.   So what makes wine so great and how do you sip it like a pro?   There are 3 sensory experiences that wine offers and each is a part of the tasting process.   Each is important to properly appreciate wine.   Clarity & Color All ...

Celebrating the Short North Arts District Gallery Hop

Not every city gets to truly appreciate the richness of its local artists.  Far too often the cultural expression that lives in the heart of a city gets lost in the sea of banks and businesses.  Fortunately for Columbus, we have the artsy Short North District and its monthly Gallery Hop. Famous across the Midwest, the Short North Gallery Hop takes place on the first Saturday of every month and draws thousands to High Street and surrounding avenues.   Visitors come downtown to celebrate local art with gallery exhibitions, street musicians, special promotions, ...

The Taste of Scotch Whiskey

“The proper drinking of Scotch whisky is more than indulgence: it is a toast to civilization, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of man’s determination to use the resources of nature to refresh mind and body and enjoy to the full the senses with which he has been endowed.” -  David Daiches   One of the most prime examples of luxury and sophistication is the drinking of scotch whiskey.  It’s a staple of kings, artists, and business tycoons, capturing the imagination of Hollywood where the iconic image of the Sean Connery type sipping ...