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SIP Local Takes Over Actual Brewing Space in Clintonville

Susan Post Susan Post SIP Local Takes Over Actual Brewing Space in ClintonvillePhoto provided by Local Cantina
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Somewhere In Particular Brewing has found a particular spot in Clintonville.

In collaboration with the Local Cantina family, SIP Local has opened its doors at 2808 N. High St.

The Local Cantina family took over the space when its original occupants, Actual Brewing, filed for bankruptcy and eventually closed following sexual assault and rape allegations against Founder Fred Lee. An in-depth article from Columbus Alive detailing the allegations was published just weeks after the brewery had opened the location in Clintonville.

While the Local Cantina family consulted and help with the opening of Somewhere in Particular’s flagship location at 5053 Dierker Rd. in Northwest Columbus, Operations Manager Leanna McKenney-Heath says the new Clintonville spot is more of a partnership between the two.

SIP Local pulled from the Local Cantina family, which not only includes the nine local taco joints, but Local Bar in Short North, Old Skool in Clintonville, the recently-opened Jonys Sushi in German Village, and its neighbor, South Village Grille, to bring the concept together.

SVG Executive Chef Josh Wiest was heavily involved in creating the menu which features primarily Ohio-sourced ingredients. Partnerships with local food purveyors also make appearances all across the menu.

In the C-Ville Poutine, hand-cut fries are topped with Laurel Valley cheddar curds, peppadew peppers, caramelized onions and brown gravy, with the option to add a brat from the Butcher & Grocer. The brat is also featured on the Sausage Plate with sweet pickles, house mustard and braised cabbage. The wings get a dousing in Gallo’s Cockfight Sauce, while the Last Meal Sammie is built on thick-cut Falter’s bologna, bib lettuce, American cheese, Duke’s mayo and a potato bun from SIP Local’s grocery neighbor, Lucky’s.

It’s a more robust and different menu than SIP’s northern digs.

Photo by Susan Post

Everything behind the bar is from Ohio as well. Although the space came with a brewing system, SIP is not producing beer onsite yet, but has big plans for the future.

McKenney-Heath says the brewing system in the space when they took over was actually CBC’s original system. Having changed hands a few times, the older system became too difficult to work on and has now found new life as an art installation at Jackie O’s Taproom in Athens.

SIP Local will look for a smaller brewing system they’ll use for unique one-offs brewed through collaborations with other local breweries, or even by its own customers. They’ll also look to partner with local distilleries for some unique barrel-aged creations.

The 2,220 square foot space seats about 70 inside. Local artist Neil Loemker is responsible for the centerpiece of the restaurant – a metal “Tree of Life.” Patrons can purchase a lock to hang on the tree, with proceeds supporting Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW).

SIP Local opens at 3p.m. daily, serving until 1 a.m. during the week and 2 a.m. on the weekends. Brunch hours for Saturday and Sunday will debut soon.

For more information, Follow SIP Local on Facebook.

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