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1 big thing: Making beer with the help of AI

Species X uses AI and machine learning to make some of its beers. Photos: Tyler Buchanan

Columbus' newest brewery has a futuristic way of crafting its beer menu and even has its sights set on outer space.

Why it matters: Species X Brewery is the latest local business to experiment with artificial intelligence, developing drink recipes that founder Beau Warren admits he could have never come up with.

State of play: The brewery touts itself as "part taproom, part research hub" that is "exploring uncharted territory to craft visionary beers."

  • The menu features two beer series, Carbon and Silicon, representing the duality of humans and computers.
  • Warren created all the Carbon beers while making the Silicon series "to spec" from the work of AI models.

Yes, but: AI still requires a human touch and "tight guardrails" to keep the drinks palatable, Warren notes.

  • Though AI tries to predict what humans will like, Warren holds veto power if it generates anything too unusual or beyond the brewery's physical limits.

Zoom in: Model "Chr15 P" is designed to focus only on lagers, while "Darw1n" mixes algorithms to make fruited sours.

  • Then there's "Behemoth," which operates without these guardrails and is not limited to any specific type of beer.
  • Behemoth's latest work: A Baltic porter with 10% ABV and hints of lactose, marshmallows, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and three types of fruit.

What they're saying: "I would never even have thought of making a beer like that. It's absurd," Warren said during a recent launch party tour.

  • "But when I sat down and looked at the numbers ... it just all made sense. I was like, 'You know what? This is crazy, but let's do it.'"

What's next: Warren is not content with beer experimentation in Columbus, or even on planet Earth.

  • He created the Lunar Base blonde ale with genetically engineered yeast that he hopes to eventually brew in outer space.

Tyler's take: I liked the Lunar Base but hope I don't have to someday leave the atmosphere to get it.

Want to go? 408 N. 6th St. Open Wednesday-Sunday, hours vary.

Beermaking equipment in the Species X brewery.
Brewery equipment inside the 6th Street location.

2. 儭 Picturing CMH's future

A look inside the future CMH terminal. Renderings: Courtesy of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority

Plans for a new terminal at John Glenn International Airport are progressing, with a new website to track updates and check out renderings.

Why it matters: Our region's soaring air travel demand is driving the $2 billion project to replace the current terminal, which opened in 1958.

What to expect: The modernized terminal will feature one large, streamlined concourse instead of three separate ones. It'll add seven gates, for 36 in all, with room for expansion.

  • New food and beverage options are planned, along with a 5,000-car parking garage.

Between the lines: Local labor unions are pushing for a community benefit agreement to ensure area workers are hired at fair wages for the project.

What's next: Construction is expected to start later this year atop two parking lots. The parking garage is planned for the current McDonald's site.

  • The expansion's targeted opening is 2029 the airport's 100th anniversary.
A rendering of the new Columbus airport terminal with plains flying in and out.
An overview of the new CMH terminal, which will feature additional gates.

3. Nutshells: Your local news roundup

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Ohio's new law limiting children's access to social media will be on hold indefinitely as its constitutionality is decided in court, a federal judge ruled yesterday. (WCMH-TV)

An Iraqi man living in Columbus was sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison for plotting to assassinate former President George W. Bush. (Dispatch)

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will search for a new leader to replace former CEO/president Joanna Pinkerton, who resigned yesterday. (WSYX-TV)

Bexley, Columbus and Gahanna will receive a combined nearly $1.5 million from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for walking trail improvements. (ODNR)

儭 Quote du jour

" my skyline has completely changed. I'm still like, my eyes are still adjusting."
Artist Eric Vacheresse, to WOSU, on the rapid development and gentrification happening in Franklinton.

Worthy of your time: "A tale of two Franklintons: Development and affordability spar in central Ohio's oldest community"

New jobs to check out

See who's hiring around the city.

  1. Senior Commercial Strategy & Operations Manager at Willowtree.
  2. Leasing & Marketing Manager at Article Student Living.
  3. Global Practice Leader at ADP.

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4. Last-minute Valentine's Day dates

Illustration: A簿da Amer/Axios

Just because you forgot to make a dinner reservation doesn't mean Valentine's Day must be a disappointment.

Be smart: Skip the crowded restaurants and impress your date with one of these ideas tomorrow evening and make it look like you planned it.

Of note: Prices are per person.

Hearts and crafts:

Paint a pine tree on side-by-side canvases at Brush Crazy.

  • 5:30-8pm. 1299 Bethel Road. $35.
  • Bonus: BYOB!

Create heart-themed art with Craft Your Night at BrewDog's Short North location.

  • 6:30-8:30pm, 1175 N. High St. $40.

Outside-the-box entertainment:

Take a sound bath at The Sanctuary. Includes desserts, mocktails, tarot readings and typewriter love poems.

  • 6-9pm. 618 Neil Ave. $55.

踝 Test your pop culture prowess during Ten Pin Alley's romantic comedy trivia night.

  • 6:30-8pm. 5499 Ten Pin Alley, Hilliard. Free!

Drinks and desserts:

Enjoy four unlikely pairings of cookies and beer on a self-guided tasting tour at Taft's Brewporium.

  • Reservations available 5-8pm. 440 W. Broad St. $20.

Raise a glass to love during a sommelier-guided wine tasting at Bristol Republic.

  • 6-9pm. 1124 N. High St. $50, includes 10 samples.

Three more ideas

5. The Buckeyes are on a roll

Madison Greene, a native of Pickerington, drives with the ball against Indiana last week. Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

The OSU women's basketball team is on fire.

State of play: The Buckeyes (21-3) are on an 11-game winning streak since Jan. 5 and have sole possession of first place in the Big Ten.

What's next: OSU hosts Nebraska at 7pm tomorrow and has four more conference games after that to close out the regular season.

What we're watching: The finale against Iowa on March 3 could be a doozy.

  • Iowa sits a game behind OSU in the conference standings and wants revenge for last month's defeat.

This newsletter was edited by Shane Savitsky and copy edited by Art MacMillan and Carolyn DiPaolo.

Our picks:

Tyler hopes the new CMH terminal will have a Tim Hortons.

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