Sideswipe Brewing is collaborating with Arcade Super Awesome to add about 40 arcade and pinball machines to the latest expansion of the West Side brewery.
“It’s a great way for adults to be kid-like again,” Sideswipe owner Craig O’Herron said.
Sideswipe, located at 2419 Scioto Harper Drive in Columbus, is hosting a grand opening from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the collaboration and expansion.
Sideswipe is adding 1,500 square feet to its taproom by expanding into space next door, allowing the brewery to put in a second bar. The business has tripled in size since opening five years ago. The taproom originally was in front of the brewery and and the first addition took place about three years ago.
“We’re frequently pretty cramped on a busy night, so a little extra bar seating and some extra table space is very welcome,” O’Herron said.
Arcade Super Awesome preserves pinball machines, video games and arcade games. The business has had a couple of its games at Sideswipe in the past, so the collaboration was a natural fit. The new pinball machines at Sideswipe have different themes, including Ghostbusters, Batman, AC/DC, Popeye and the Munsters.
“When I go in there, it doesn’t seem like a bar or a taproom. It feels like a clubhouse,” Arcade Super Awesome owner John Geiger said.
Arcade Super Awesome collaborated with the Melt Short North location in December, bringing more than a dozen pinball games to the restaurant. It had operated above Yellow Brick Pizza on the East Side for three years before shutting down that operation in October.
O’Herron said he wishes he could have told his college-self that one day he would be running a brewery with an arcade attached to it.
“We’re expecting a lot of cross-traffic,” O’Herron said. “A lot of my beer people will get into pinball, and a lot of (Geiger’s) pinball people will get into my beer.”
Coincidentally, Sideswipe’s Arcade, an American pale ale, will be hitting the shelves next week in six-packs at Giant Eagle Market District locations.
“It’s really nice and easy drinking,” O’Herron said.