Barley's Smokehouse & Brewpub in Columbus is changing its name. Well, it's not much of a change. It's dropping the "Barley's" to distinguish itself from Barley's Brewing Co. in Columbus. (Both operations were started by the same ownership group but since have split.)
"Our new name, Smokehouse Brewing Company, reflects perfectly what we do -- award-winning microbrew and barbecue," owner Lenny Kolada said in an email. "Our logo ties our two passions, while retaining a piece of our old logo. As the founder of Barley's, it's scary and exciting to birth our new identity. Sixteen years in, it feels great to refresh."
He noted that the reason for the change was that "we constantly have to tell the community that we are not associated with Barley's downtown. It's not good for Barley's Brewing Company, and it's not good for us."
He added that the Smokehouse is releasing a new menu along with the name change.
Brewmaster Angelo Signorino Jr., who pulls double duty at Barley's and Smokehouse and is the longest-serving brewer at any location in Ohio, will continue to brew at both locations, he said.