A botanical brewery from Chicago will be the newest addition to Easton Town Center.

Forbidden Root plans to open its second location in the popular central Ohio shopping destination in November.

The bar and restaurant is part of a $500 million project that will culminate in several new buildings at Easton’s north end. The establishment will be located near Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant.

Forbidden Root, which opened in Chicago in 2016, features eclectic beer flavors such as Strawberry Basil Hefeweizen and Sparkling Rose Ale, but also offers traditional favorites such as New England style IPAs.

The founders cite nature as their inspiration, and give their brewers unconventional titles such as “rootmaster” and “alchemist.” Rootmaster and founder Robert Finkel said the brewery likes to experiment and is constantly adding new beers to its extensive menu.

“In Chicago, we put on two new beers a week,” Finkel said. “We’ll be looking at putting on new beers constantly in Columbus.”

Forbidden Root frequently rotates seasonal and temporary beers, he said.

If a customer were to come back a month or so after their first visit, “half the board may be different,” Finkel said.

He said his quest to come up with the perfect recipe for a root beer-flavored beer gave him the idea for Forbidden Root. When he and his fellow brewers develop a new beer, he said, they start with a flavor or key ingredients and work their way from there.

While the brewery isn’t expected to open until the winter, it already is hiring for several food-service positions.

 

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