Like it or not, Columbus is getting a casino in less than two weeks. I happen to be in the “like it” camp – I lived in the Wheeling area before moving to Central Ohio, and when the casino opened there a few years ago it provided a lot of my friends with jobs, and now it gives me something to occupy an hour or two when I visit home. But at the casino in Wheeling, my best bet for satiating my thirst is an overpriced Miller Lite. Bleh.
I didn’t have high hopes for Columbus’ casino to fare much better (it’s almost impossible to find craft beer in Vegas, too – is there something about gambling and good beer that don’t mix?) but I was pleased to see that the standard BMC and import lineup will be joined by tap handles Bell’s Two Hearted, Great Lakes Burning River, Columbus Brewing IPA, Founders Porter, Strongbow Cider, Sam Adams Octoberfest and Rogue Dead Guy Ale. There’s nothing great in the beer bottle selection, and the cocktail list (below) isn’t particularly inspiring, equipped with kitschy names like “Double Down Martini” and “Lucky Lemon Drop”, but at least I know I can drink one of my favorite IPAs while I’m losing my car payment on the black jack tables.
Hollywood Casino Columbus opens October 8.
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