Lineage Brewing is 1 Year Old!

A Year in Review

It is hard to believe that it’s been a whole year already for our brewery. The year flew by so fast for us. We’ve put it all out there and are thrilled that Columbus has had such a thirst for more. In total, Lineage Brewery has produced 37 different beer styles this year, not to mention some fun casks every Thursday.

Where did we start?

With 8 taps, 2 beer engines, 4 fermenters, and one brewer.

Where are we now?

14 taps, 2 beer engines, 5 fermenters (plus 1 more on its way), a brewer and assistant brewer.

We’ve been excited to bring a larger food menu and brunch hours to the brewery in 2016 and we plan to bring even more delicious beers to the table as well.

A Full Year Beer List

1) Spaceship # 6 :American IPA

2) Grab It by the Husk: Coconut Porter

3) Shoot-the-Chutes: Cream Ale

4) Bricky Briffon: English Bitter

5) Ole Willy McClane: Scottish Ale

6) Scàrale: Blackberry American Wheat

7) Arm Buster: American Stout

8) Ryemora: Rye Pale Ale

9) Aunt Bernice: Berliner Weisse

10) Mr. Manager: American Pale Ale

11) Touche De Gris: Grisette

12) Allumé: French Farmhouse Saison

13) Exosphere: Double IPA

14) Benrath: Düsseldorff  Altbier

15) Eldrax: Foreign Extra Stout

16) Beechwold Brown: English Brown Ale

17) Strunk & Witte: Belgian Style White Ale

18) Fiddle & Fife: American Style Bitter

19) Trail Day APA: American Pale Ale

20) Ombres Noir: Black Saison

21) Peter’s Propensity: Pumpkin Ale

22) Mrs. Baylock: Robust Porter

23) Kimmy Gibbler: San Francisco Lager

24) The Utah: English Mild

25) Midnight Sickle: Russian Imperial Stout

26) FestCbus: Holiday Ale

27) Vilkati: Baltic Porter

28) Wholly Cran: Citrus Cranberry Wheat

29) Loughran’s: Dry Irish Stout

30) Rory’s Rayge: Red Irish Ale

31) Walhalla at Me: American Pale Ale

32) Going Ham: DIPA

33) Passionate Bernice: Berliner Weisse with Guava and Passion fruit

34) Stop 18: German Pilsner

35) The Mother of Summer: American Wheat with Lemon, Coriander, and Peppercorn

36) Bertok: Oatmeal Stout

37) Anniversary Brett Beer

Check out our year in review…

The Brewery

The Brewery

Third Thursdays with the Clintonville-Beechwold CRC

Third Thursdays with the Clintonville-Beechwold CRC

Beer Festivals and great volunteers

Beer Festivals and great volunteers

Homebrew competitions and beer judging

Homebrew competitions and beer judging

Helping our neighbors celebrate milestones

Helping our neighbors celebrate milestones

Sharing some Kimmy Gibbler with the real Kimmy Gibbler

Sharing some Kimmy Gibbler with the real Kimmy Gibbler

Freshly roasted just for the beer

Freshly roasted just for the beer

Ray Ray's hogs enjoying our spent grain

Ray Ray’s hogs enjoying our spent grain

Our brewery spokesdog

Our brewery spokesdog

The brewery's new van

The brewery’s new van

Beer documentary series

Beer documentary series

A silver medal for our English Mild

A silver medal for our English Mild

Barrel Aging

Barrel Aging

Celebrating St. Paddy's Day at the brewery

Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day at the brewery

A visit to Anderson Farms

A visit to Anderson Farms

Bikes and beer, COMBO brew day

Bikes and beer, COMBO brew day

Beer classes at the brewery

Beer classes at the brewery

International Womens' Collaboration Brew Day

International Womens’ Collaboration Brew Day

Central Ohio Craft Beer Brewsters unite for International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day

Historically, women have brewed beer for the masses for centuries. Despite this, the craft beer industry is vastly associated with the male gender.

Historically, women have brewed beer for the masses for centuries. Despite this, the craft beer industry is vastly associated with the male gender.

Women in the Ohio Craft Beer Industry Unite

Don’t be fooled by the boys’ clubs or advertising messages that disregard the female market. Today, women make up a 1/3 of all craft beer drinkers across the United States. The number of women involved in the craft brewing industry is growing by the minute. In fact, 21% of U.S. breweries now have at least one woman in a top ranking role of brewmaster, head brewer, or CEO.

Jessica Byrne and Jessica Page, owners of Lineage Brewing, are teaming up with Lineage Account Rep, Nichole Endicott to host their first International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day on March 8, 2016. These women are brewing craft beer in collaboration with another female brewer and brewery owner, Lori Wince from Weasel Boy Brewing Co. in Zanesville, OH. Lineage and Weasel Boy collaborated to craft the recipe, and they are excited to offer it on-tap in both of their tap rooms this Spring. Both breweries will announce the dates of both tapping parties on their Facebook pages.

“There aren’t too many of us (professional women craft brewers) in the Central Ohio area. We’d like to make it known that we are women-owned breweries. We are proud to carve out a place for women in this industry,” says Jessica Byrne.

They have also invited other women from the Central Ohio craft beer industry to take part, including Jennie Koeper, Account Rep from Zaftig and Jennifer Hermann, Assistant Brewer for Weasel Boy. These ladies all started as home brewers and now these great minds and muscle will participate in the craft brew day on March 8, 2016, mashing in at 8:00am.

“I’m really excited to work with the women at Lineage Brewing on this collaboration,” said Lori Wince, assistant brewer and co-owner of Weasel Boy Brewing Co. “It will be a wonderful sharing experience. I look forward to learning more from the women at Lineage, other women working at Central Ohio breweries, and local female home brewers on brew day. It will be nice to talk to them about our craft beer industry and share experiences and successes.” says Lori.

What is International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day?  IWCBD

International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD) was started by Sophie de Ronde in England in 2014. IWCBD was designed for camaraderie and to encourage women to brew craft beer together socially on March 8th each year. Participants from across the globe all brew on the same day and upload and tag their photos on the IWCBD Facebook page.

See who is participating from around the world on this map

Lineage plans to donate a portion of each pint sold in their pub to the Pink Boots Society. The Pink Boots Society empowers women beer professionals to advance their careers through beer education. This society also offers scholarships and other opportunities so that women can achieve their dreams. 

The ladies will brew an American style wheat ale with lemon zest and peppercorn. This collaborative craft beer will be ready to drink this Spring, just in time for warmer weather.

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Craft beer brewers pictured: (left) Jessica Byrne, Owner of Lineage Brewing, (top right) Nichole Endicott, Account Rep for Lineage Brewing, (bottom right) Lori Wince, Owner of Weasel Boy Brewing Co.

 Weasel Boy Brewing is owned by husband and wife team, Lori and Jay Wince. They are located at 126 Muskingum Ave, Zanesville, OH 43701 weaselboybrewing.com

Top 5 Reasons we are THANKFUL for Clintonville

Clintonville: gem of Columbus, OH

Clintonville: gem of Columbus, OH

We LOVE Clintonville! This Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for the people, places, history, kindness, and charm that Clintonville brings to its inhabitants and neighbors. We are also thankful that Lineage Brewing can share in the local tradition by putting down roots in the heart of this community. Here’s our list of the top 5 reasons we are thankful for Clintonville, Ohio: 

  1. Homemade, homegrown, and local is what we live for.
  2. Quiet city living with strong community ties.
  3. Backyard brewing and gardening is where we got our start.
  4. Parks, trails, and trees remind us to stop and smell the roses and enjoy life.
  5. Big hearts and minds that bring together many talents in order to give back to others.

We send many thanks out to our Clintonville friends, family, and neighbors who have supported us through many obstacles. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our roots in this thriving community that we are proud to call home. Today is a reminder not to take for granted where your life has taken you, who you are able to share it with, and how you can continue to give back to others.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lineage!

BREWER’S WORD: What can be accomplished in half of a year? 6 Months, 23 Brews, 27 Casks= 50 different beer options

Mike Byrne, Brewmaster

Mike Byrne, Brewmaster

Mike Byrne’s Brewer’s Word

I brewed my first batch of beer almost nine years ago in my driveway. As a pretty serious home brewer, I had three goals: To learn as much as I could about brewing, brew as many different styles as I could, and brew the best beer possible.

When I took my first professional brewing position, I had two goals. First, I wanted to continue learning as much as I could. Second, I wanted to brew the best beer possible. I read more books, attended a workshop in Colorado Springs on yeast microbiology, attended professional conferences, and joined professional organizations. Slowly, I began to feel more comfortable in the brewery. I started tweaking recipes, brewing techniques, and procedures to improve beer quality and efficiency.

 As Lineage Brewing began to take shape, I reflected on two things. First, my experience in art school. I used to spend hours in the studio with my ear phones on creating study after study and experimenting with techniques and different mediums. Eventually my ideas would come together into the final piece for formal critique. (One of these works now hangs on the wall in our pub).

Second, I thought about all the places my wife, Jess, and I have traveled and the beer culture we have experienced. One city that really stood out to me was Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The beer culture there is incredible. There is a pride about local beer that can only be understood by experiencing it. It was so exciting to try the wide variety of styles found at many of these small breweries. Sure, everyone brewed an IPA, but why order that when I could try a mango gruit or potato lager or a well-brewed English mild. If you really want your mind blown, attend the Michigan Winter Beer Fest.

There are some pretty neat beers at that fest…Just make sure to wear your Sunday-best Carharts.

Lineage’s Brewing Philosophy

At Lineage, I have gone back to my original goals from nine years ago as a home brewer. I wanted to focus on different styles I’ve experienced in Grand Rapids and my practice from art school. To me, this is really the only way to learn about the nuances of yeast strains, flavor of raw materials, and the effects of different brewing techniques. beerlistphoto

So far, we have brewed 23 different styles (6 more scheduled), using 7 different yeast strains and a strain of bacteria at Lineage Brewing. If you are a frequent visitor to the brewpub, you will commonly see beers brewed in a series. What this means is that when I get a new yeast strain, I tend to brew at least 2-4 different styles with that strain. I do this to learn how the yeast changes over generations, how it performs at different temperatures, and how the flavor profile reacts with the ingredients.

This week marks our 6 month semi-anniversary, and in total, we’ve made 23 different styles and have had 27 different casks= 50 different beer options. Have you tried all 23 Lineage Brewing styles? How many can you name? Keep up by checking our website and following us on Facebook.

Cheers!

Mike

Happy IPA Day from Lineage Brewing!

The India Pale Ale, or IPA, clearly deserves its own holiday. This is one of the most popular beer styles in the U.S. The India Pale Ale is over 180 years old and despite its name, the style originated in England.

A Brief History of the IPA

In the 1500s, the first hopped beers appeared in England, originating from Flanders. Hops contained preservative properties, and since water quality was often deemed unsafe, beer became the preferred beverage for every meal. Beer also became a necessity for survival on long sea voyages. In the 1700’s, exportation of beer rose as global exploration expanded. The route to the Indian colonies from England was a particularly difficult trip. During this time, many brewers attempted to ship beer on this 6-month voyage and failed.

In the mid-1700’s, brewers tested overly-hopped beer with high alcohol content and found it could survive the journey and still meet all quality standards. George Hodgson of Bow Brewery crafted a Pale Ale recipe that successfully made the trip, although it is unclear if he actually invented the India Pale Ale. Regardless of who actually made the discovery, the term “India Pale Ale” was not officially used in print until 1835. Burton Ales recorded one of the first accounts of this beer style. According to the 1843 statement, “the Indian Pale Ale is free from sweet characteristics and was dry with double the usual quantity of hops.”

Today’s Craft Beer

The American Craft Beer industry has taken quite a hold on the IPA style, giving way to the three big categories: American IPA, Double/Imperial, and American Pale Ale. The craft beer industry has brought even more variations to the table over the years: Black, White, Belgian, Double, Triple, Session, and pretty much whatever you could think up next. Variations of ingredients in these create the right fit for anyone with a love for hops. Hops alone can give you anything from floral aroma and flavors to citrusy grapefruit or a piney and resiny dank finish. This beer style has earned its place in the history books and surely a full day of celebration. CHEERS to this hoppy world we live in!

 

– Beer Librarian

Spaceship #6 IPA (left) and Exosphere IPA (right)

Spaceship #6 IPA (left) and Exosphere IPA (right)

 

REFERENCES:

Routson, Ashley. IPA Day Returns August 6, 2015. Craftbeer.com. Retrieved Aug. 3, 2015 http://www.craftbeer.com/news/ipa-day-returns-thursday-august-6

Steele, Mitch. IPA Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale. Brewer’s Publications, 2012.

IPA 101. IPABEER.com. Retrieved Aug 3, 2015. http://www.ipabeer.com/ipa101

A Collaboration Brew Pub

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Credit: Ryan Benyi Photography

Lineage Brewing is a true collaboration.

It feels great to open our brewpub and finally share our unique space with the Clintonville community. Lineage was brought to life through collaboration between Compton Construction, Tim Lai ArchitecT, local artists, craftsmen, and our brewing team.

Like the Lineage brand, all the materials used to build the space have a local history.

The Lineage Brewing owners hand-built the bar top and all the table tops. Materials for these pieces came from a bowling alley in Lexington, KY. They were purchased and then hauled back to Ohio for custom finishing. You’ll notice that the community tables in the center of the bar still proudly show off the old bowling arrows.

Local Clintonville neighbor and owner of Clawhammer Designs designed and built the bar stools. The bar stools also incorporate reclaimed materials. Each one is formed from old barn beams and steel, and each retains its own unique character. You can also check out some of Clawhammer’s other works on Instagram @clawhammerdesigns.

bar stools

Credit: Ryan Benyi Photography

A reclaimed array of white chairs invites guests to relax in the dining area space at Lineage. Each has its own life-story, some known and unknown. If you look closely, you will notice that several of the chairs are reclaimed from the old OSU library.

Compton worked closely to source the talent of a local Franklinton artist for the bar face. Andrew Lundberg designed and created the metal work for this area. You can also check out Andrew’s other work and artistic services at www.lundberginc.com.

Columbus Artist and Dean of the School of Arts at CCAD, Tom Gattis, designed each of our tap handles. Also using naturally reclaimed materials from a fallen ash tree, Tom etched each tap handle with the Lineage Brewing logo.

Lineage taphandles

Credit: Ryan Benyi Photography

SAMPLER

Credit: Tiffany Baruah

Another good friend of Lineage, Justin Hickey, created the sampler boards. He designed the boards to fit the custom taster glasses securely, ensuring safe transportation of this precious cargo to one of our dining area tables.

Illustrator and Designer at MarxVisual developed the beautiful logo that you see today, and Tonic Studios have turned this logo into comfy, wearable art.

Vibrant and artistic photography decorates our website, also thanks to good friends at Ryan Benyi Photography and Jessica Miller Photography.

We also thank all the skilled contractors for their hard work in bringing the Lineage Brewing space to life. They helped to shape our space into a unique brewpub in the Clintonville community for our customers to enjoy. Last but certainly not least, thank you to all our friends and family who volunteered during our renovation. Our friends and family helped to do everything from washing windows to sanding tables and spreading the word about our grand opening. 

We love to see the creativity of Columbus talent shine through in our space, and it really gives Lineage its own unique identity. And we hope it feels like a place that beer drinkers across Columbus can call their own, too.

From Headmaster to Brewmaster

How did you get your start in brewing?

The question comes up a lot. Sometimes a career path can take you in many directions, amassing a set of skills that seem unrelated at first glance. That was the case for Michael Byrne, brewmaster at Lineage Brewing. However, it has all worked out in the end.

Mr. Byrne's art class bulletin board

Mr. Byrne’s art class bulletin board

Mike spent high school, college, and his post-grad years working with his hands in the commercial concrete trade. His love of building things and sharing those experiences then led him to pursue a BA. in Art Education. Mike expanded his love of making things using clay, oil paint, and even concrete as his favorite mediums.

With this degree, he taught art to Columbus students from kindergarten through high school. As a teacher, Mike’s greatest reward was being able to share his excitement for learning, experimentation, and pushing boundaries. These same characteristics are what led Mike to start home-brewing in his Clintonville driveway over 9 years ago. Eventually, Mike followed his passion for experimentation by becoming a brewer at Buckeye Lake Brewery.

Mike represents Buckeye Lake Brewery at GABF. Photo with Charles Papazian, author and president of the Brewer's Association.

Mike represents Buckeye Lake Brewery at GABF. Photo with Charles Papazian, author and president of the Brewer’s Association.

Through brewing, Mike has combined his various skill sets into a single role that he loves. He is able to build and fix things, create recipes, study and improve his brewing techniques, and of course share his love and passion with anyone who will listen.

This blend of experiences in construction, art, teaching, and brewing resulted in the hands-on and free-thinking philosophy that embodies Lineage Brewing. Our brew pub is a space built around creativity, learning, and sharing with those who want to learn more about beer.

At Lineage, we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty, work hard, be creative, and try something new and exciting. If you see Mike sitting at the bar at Lineage Brewing, feel free to go over to him and talk some shop. 

You can follow Mike on Twitter @mikebyrnebrew. You can also follow @Lineagebrew on Instagram to see some of our current projects.

The Lineage Equipment Family Tree

Lineage Brewing has the equipment to brew something great.

Recently, Lineage Brewing purchased a collection of equipment from across the country and abroad. Blending pieces with their own history, each one now has a place at home in our new brew pub.

Our new gear includes a reconfigured dairy tank – now mashtun, a grundy tank – Spaceship #6, and beer engines from Manchester Brewery in England. Tradition and experience varies among each piece of equipment. We are bringing them all together to create our vision. Look for more progress on our website as the brewery will be assembled in the coming months. You can also follow our Instagram page for equipment and construction photo updates.

Lineage Brewing's equipment was purchased from breweries around the country and abroad.

Lineage Brewing’s equipment was purchased from breweries around the country and abroad.

Lineage Brewing brew pub storefront rendering by Tim Lai Architect.

Brew Pub Under Construction

Oh the sweet sounds of jack hammers… With designs and permits in hand, it is full speed ahead here at Lineage Brewing. Demo is underway in our brew pub and construction is right on its heels. Soon enough we will have a wonderful new space to brew our craft beer, celebrate happy hour, and share pints and grub with friends.

Our plans include a 60-seat brew pub, a 20-seat patio, kitchen, and 7-barrel brewhouse. We have been working closely with Tim Lai ArchitecT and Compton Construction in order to make our vision a reality.

Follow Lineage on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for photos and progress updates. You can also look for more information about our 2015 opening date on our website.

We are looking forward to trading in those sweet sounds of construction for the buzz of good conversation over some delicious brews.

Design and construction of our brand-new brew pub.

Design and construction of our brand-new brew pub.

Bikes and Beers

Bikes and beers are a staple of Columbus, Ohio.

Bikes and beers are a staple of Columbus, Ohio.

My bike story started around the same time that I started brewing beer at home. It began when I bought a Kona mountain bike and did the occasional trail ride. It wasn’t until I did my first tour on a borrowed road bike that I started to catch the cycling bug. The idea that I could travel under my own power for miles felt liberating. I also gained a different perspective from the seat of my bike. It made me aware of things that I would have never noticed had I been driving. Soon after getting into doing tours, I started doing organized rides with Yay Bikes! and going to the weekly Tuesday Night Ride.

I started to realize that a bicycle is an instrument of connection with my Clintonville community. When I rode from point A to point B, I could feel the transition between different neighborhoods, seeing the change in styles of houses, and feel the differences between different geographical regions of Columbus.

So what does this have to do with craft beer? Cycling as a form of transportation means experiencing your community around you. You leave that insulated bubble of a car and start observing everything in your environment. You can stop and smell the roses or the sewer gas or a particularly ripe trash can on some side street. It also means interacting with people whom you would otherwise pass by. A local craft brewery represents a part of the fabric of your local community, too. Its beer names may relate to where you are. The ingredients and flavors of beers can also be specific to the place they are brewed. Both bikes and beers allow you to slow down and enjoy life and meet new people. Otherwise, life speeds past too quickly.

With so many great reasons to cycle, it is hard to think of a reason not to. In Columbus, there are many occasions where bikes and beers pair well. There’s the Tour de Fat sponsored by New Belgium, traveling festivals, and the Bike the Cbus event right here in town. You can’t swing a classic steel-lugged bicycle without hitting something or someone that has the “bikes and beers” bug.

At Lineage Brewing, we support cycling in our community because we believe that riding your bike is a better way to connect with the environment around you. Lineage is located right off the Olentangy bike path and we will be installing bike racks in the new lot. We encourage you to jump on the saddle, work up a sweat, and quench your thirst by taking life in a bit slower. We’ll see you out there, riding bikes, experiencing the community, and looking forward to a pint of Lineage-brewed beer. -Carey

Drink responsibly.

Bike responsibly.

Ride on.

 
We at Lineage Brewing do not condone riding bicycles under the influence of alcohol. We encourage everyone to drink responsibly as well as bike responsibly, which means NOT operating a bike while intoxicated and always wearing a helmet and obeying the rules of the road. We are also pro-public transportation, so… grab COTA when you need to and load your bike on the front of the bus.