New York Times: The New Hangout in Columbus? Distilleries.

I photographed the booming booze biz in Columbus for The New York Times. Stops included Watershed Distillery and Kitchen, Middle West Spirits and Service Bar, Noble Cut Distillery, and 451 Spirits. Below is an excerpt of the story, written by Nicholas Gill.

Columbus, Ohio, is no longer the meat-and-potato city of decades ago. Yes, there are the big restaurant chains. Wendy’s, White Castle and Sbarro, to name a few, have national headquarters here. But the state capital is now one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, and it has dynamic art projects, good restaurants and a revitalized riverfront. Recently, it also has been getting buzz for its spirits, with a fresh crop of homegrown micro distilleries elevating the city’s drink scene.

Click here for the full story and scroll down for some of my favorite photos that did and didn’t make the cut.