Many cocktails can be made without alcohol at Watershed Distillery and High Bank Distillery. | Photos via High Bank + Watershed
Now more than ever, data shows that consumers are experimenting with what it means to be “sober curious.” The result has been a spike in sales of non-alcoholic beverages and a declining interest in alcoholic drinks.
Here are a few stand-out stats:
Total dollar sales of non-alcoholic beverages grew by 20.6% between August 2021 and 2022. Non-alcoholic beer accounted for 85.3% of those sales.
36% of US consumers reported to have “lost interest in drinking alcohol in general” while 13% reported to be “interested in alternative non-alcoholic beverages.”
Sales of non-alcoholic beer, wine, and spirits rose from 0.22% of total alcohol sales in the US in 2018 to 0.47% in 2022.
Global Market Share predicts that the non-alcoholic drinks market will grow to $30 billion by 2025.
Wanna know where you can enjoy a mocktail in Columbus? These are some of the local spots we love + what to drink there:
Horchata Masala | Watershed Distillery Kitchen & Bar | This local distillery’s menu takes you around the world and we recommend this rich and creamy drink with inspiration from India. It’s made with Himalayan-infused horchata + elderflower.
Gin-free Blood Orange G&T | High Bank Distillery Co. | Seedlip Grove 42, a spiritless gin, provides earthy and pine notes while blood orange adds a juicy and sweet kick. It’s finished with house made tonic, proof that quality goes into everything here.
N/A Colada | Getaway Brewing | Sip on a cold brew made with pineapple, coconut cream, and lime + spice it up with 1 ml of CBD oil.
Meet the Winemaker | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6-9 p.m. | Bubbly Hall, 6065 Central College Rd., New Albany | $25-$30 | Meet Sue Shay, an Oregon-based winemaker and owner of Bluebird Hill Cellars.
Drew Parker | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 6 p.m. | Flannagan’s, 6835 Caine Rd., Dublin | $15-$150 | Listen to this rising country star who has co-written songs for industry giants like Luke Combs and Jake Owens
Friday, Sept. 15
El Mercadito | Friday, Sept. 15 | 5-8 p.m. | Global Gallery Coffee Shop, 3535 N. High St., Clintonville | Cost of purchase | This “little market” offers Latin food, drinks, and culture for the family.
Olivia Rodrigo announced she is bringing her “Guts” tour to Nationwide Arena on Friday, March 22. Fans can register for tickets now through Sunday, Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. The trending pop star will be joined by Remi Wolf, The Breeders, Chappell Roan, and Pinkpantheress.
Two projects held groundbreaking ceremonies in Grandview on Tuesday. The suburb is welcoming a new parks and recreation center + a new facility for police, fire, and EMS. The recreation center is expected to be completed by 2024 and the new first-responders facility will be done in 2025. (NBC4)
Dublin City Council approved a development agreement for a roughly $15 million project along the riverfront. The 15,000-sqft building includes office, retail, and residential space. If the mixed-use development receives full support, construction would begin in 2024. (Columbus Business First)
Party like it’s 1899 with the Ohio History Connection’s “All Hallows Eve” at Ohio Village. The weekly event runs every Saturday next month starting on Oct. 7. Get tickets and hear spooky stories around the bonfire, meet fortune-tellers, and interact with colorful characters.
Sierra, an affordable outdoors and activewear retailer, is opening a new location at 1275 Polaris Pkwy. The store opens Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m. with 18,000+ sqft of space.
The Far West Side is dancing after Bojangles opened its first Columbus restaurant in the area. The popular fried chicken chain is located at 831 Hilliard Rome Rd., and more could be on the way. Franchisee owners say another 15 restaurants are planned for central Ohio. (The Columbus Dispatch)
Is the Mayor of Flavortown returning to his humble roots? A Guy Fieri restaurant could be on the way to Scioto Downs, according to recent permit filings. Of the 17 concepts Fieri operates, which one would you like to see most in CBUS? (614now)
The local festival announced it will now take place on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 2024 in Ohio Stadium after high demand. Fans can register for presale tickets now, as well as hotel and VIP packages. Presale tickets will become available starting Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.
Here’s a quick look at the lineup of artists, plus their most popular song on Spotify.
Happy Thursday, CBUS. I won’t lie — I can’t stop thinking about the coconut and lime cold brew mocktail from the first story. You can’t tell me that doesn’t sound like the perfect drink for an island vacation.