S.I.P. Local opens this week in Clintonville

Written by on October 8, 2019 in Bars, Beer, Taprooms - No comments

Clintonville will get a new brewery this week with the opening of S.I.P. Local.

S.I.P., which stands for “Somewhere In Particular,” opened its first brewpub in Northwest Columbus in October of last year with acclaimed “Nowhere In Particular” gypsy brewer Pat Sullivan behind the brewing operation. (A gypsy brewer is one who brews their beer using other brewery’s equipment, rather than at their own dedicated brewery.)

S.I.P. Local takes over the space that briefly housed Actual Brewing Clintonville before the brewery shut down earlier this year amid allegations of sexual assault from Actual’s owner Fred Lee.

“This location came available and we jumped on it immediately,” said Frankie Heath, one of the partners behind S.I.P. “It was only open [as Actual] for three weeks and most of the work for the buildout — plumbing, electric — was already done. We were already looking for a spot to do a small sour beer facility, so that’s our goal here.”

Along with updated paint, lighting and furniture, the most notable change to the 2,200 square foot taproom is the massive tree made of silver and gold chains located in the center. The tree was crafted by local welder Neil Loemker, who also designed the tree installation behind the bar at the Northwest S.I.P. brewery. Heath says the brewery plans to sell locks for $20 each that will hang from the tree with proceeds benefitting Friends of Lower Olentangy Watershed to help them plant trees.

“Local” is in more than just the name; behind the bar at S.I.P. Local are 24 taps all pouring Ohio beer — six from the Northwest Columbus S.I.P. brewery — as well as all Ohio liquor.

“When you’re able to draw from the whole world you can pick up mixers from the whole world, but with the local focus we won’t be carrying champagne or tequila or anything that isn’t made in Ohio,” said Heath. “Over the past decade, Ohio has really come into its own with spirits and beer so we want to focus on that.”

That local focus carries over to the “upscale brewpub food” menu with meat from Butcher & Grocer, dairy from Laurel Valley Creamery, bread from next door at Lucky’s Market and more Ohio-sourced ingredients featured among the sandwiches, small plates and salads.

S.I.P. Local’s 3.5 barrel brew system, which won’t be installed for another 2-3 months, will be used for collaborations with other Ohio breweries.

“Our goal is to do little side projects with everybody, ingredients be damned — we don’t care about the cost,” said Heath. “We want to do nano brews of fun stuff.”

S.I.P. Local will have its soft opening this Thursday, October 10 and officially open the following day. S.I.P. Local is located at 2808 N. High St in Clintonville.

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

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