Proud to be Small Independent Craft Beer

It’s America, we know people like to celebrate BIG, but we want to take some time to celebrate SMALL independent craft beer. We are proud to be one of the small businesses locally owned by the people and faces you see working there every day. We call that being Indy Craft Beer.Lineage Brewing Independent Craft Beer

At Lineage Brewing, we are a team of 13 – no suits, no big investors. Our close knit Lineage team is like family. We are just 4 owners and we all live, work, and play in our Clintonville neighborhood. As owners of a small brewery in Columbus, OH, we also brew every batch of beer that hits your lips. This is our love and our craft. Staying small means we get to continue to do what we love and grow at our own pace.

Independent craft beer owners of Lineage Brewing

Lineage Brewing Owners

We are a 7 BBL brewpub, which means we can brew a lot of styles, the beer is always fresh, and we can see our customers’ reactions across the bar. People ask all the time, “Will you ever package”? Someday we might, but when the time is right.

We make all our food from scratch. We use fresh ingredients and develop all recipes with the same heart and soul that we put into our beer. We make everything to order and slow-baked to deliver unique comfort food that pairs well with beer.

Why are we so proud to be small and independent craft beer?

We love being involved in our community and neighborhood.

We know your name and you know ours.

We make what we are passionate about and what our customers want.

We like change. Change, for us, happens constantly. We don’t ask permission, we just make it happen.

Everyone has a voice. All team members provide input into what we do and how we do it every day.

We grow at our own pace and in ways that make us stronger.

There is a lot of BIG craft beer out there. Let’s celebrate SMALL beer too. Celebrate Indy Craft at Independent’s Day Festival this weekend, and as you do so, feel good that you are supporting your own local culture, friends, artists, craftsmen, neighbors, and city.

Independently Owned.

Carefully Crafted.

…and staying Small and Beautiful since 2015

Not a SPORTSBALL fan? How about Books, Board games, and Banter

It’s that time of year…Sportsball season. It’s an exciting and fun time to support our Buckeyes and it does seem like the entire city turns scarlet and gray this time of year.

There are some of us that need to escape the crowds once in awhile though. We are in search for a slower pace and the company of good conversation. It is unfortunate to be sitting at the bar with a friend, and answer “What?, I’m sorry I was distracted by the 3 football games, and the 1997 movie classic, Anaconda, that is playing above the bar and I didn’t hear you.”

There are so many distractions in life these days. From the overstimulation of traffic and the mass crowds on High Street to the constant buzzing, dinging and the need to

Books and Battleship

Books and Battleship

document your life experiences on your smartphone. We all need some time to relax. It is Labor Day weekend, which means take a break. Take a break from the noise, the fast-paced bustle, and for some of us, Sportsball.

We are Buckeye fans, Crew fans, and Blue Jacket fans, too, but sometimes when you want to have a good beer you need your senses in tack. Lineage Brewing keeps the beer flowing but a chill atmosphere for books, board games, and banter. No flashing TV lights and Sportsball noise, just good beer and good fun.

Beer and Jenga

Beer and Jenga

For those Sportsball fans out there, we are still rooting for our teams and enjoy the celebration before the games and after. You can even get your Lineage Beer TO GO for your tailgates. Weekender Happy Hour is on Saturdays from 11am-2pm, get $12 growler fills. 

 

Cheers! And no matter what your affection, stay Ohio proud. O – H… I – O

Summer Belgian Beer Series (Trappist, Abbeys and Farmhouse, Oh My!)

It’s been a nice hot summer and we are introducing our Belgian beer style series. The series, which will roll out throughout the summer, began with Hall Pass, our Abbey Single, and now Nova Scuti, our Belgian Blonde. Still to come will be a Belgian Tripel and our Belgian Wit, Strunk and Witte.   

Belgian Beer

Belgian Beer

Uniquely Belgian

Belgium is a relatively small country that has created a diverse selection of beers. Take for example the following Belgium beer styles that have come out of Belgium.  There are Trappist Beers (Singles, Dubbels, Tripels), Abbey Beers (Blondes, Pales, Golden Strong Ales, Dark Strong Ales), Farmhouse Beers (Saisons, Grisettes) and Sour Beers (Lambics, Gueuzes, Flanders Reds, Oud Bruins). It’s a country where until recently brewers brewed to their region’s palates and, perhaps because of this regional focus, these varied styles have persisted.

Map of Belgium

Belgium Map

For this post,we are focusing on our Belgian Abbey/Trappist series along with a quick plug for the  Farmhouse/Wit beers we’ve done.  Let’s sit down on the grass, crack a growler of Hall Pass, and get down to business.  

So what are Trappist, Abbey and Farmhouse beers?

Abbey Style Ales

Trappist beers aren’t so much of a style as they are an AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée aka controlled designation of origin).  Clear as mud, right?  Well, you know how Champagne can only be called Champagne if it comes from that region in France?  Same thing is true for Trappist beers, but Trappist beers must be brewed within the boundaries of a monastery. Up until recently, there were seven Trappist breweries: six are in Belgium and one is in the Netherlands. With the rising tide that is craft Belgium beer, we have seen four more open around the world. So what’s a brewery that’s not in a monastery to do when they make a Trappist-style ale?  Call it an Abbey style ale.

Abbey style ales are not a single style but a category of Belgium beer that is brewed by commercial breweries but share properties of Trappist beers.  Just to clarify, Trappist breweries can and do brew what were once considered Abbey-style beers like Blonde Ales and commercial breweries brew Trappist styles like tripels.  Confused yet?  

Farmhouse Ales

Our Belgian Summer series of beers all fall into the Abbey category, while our Saisons (Allumé and Ombre Noir) and our Wit (Strunk & Witte) fall into another category, the Farmhouse ale.

Generally when someone says “Farmhouse Ale,” what they probably mean is “Saison.”  I feel like Saison is a style that people like to put in a corner. (Nobody puts Saison in the corner!).  There’s really so much more to Saison than being straw colored and highly effervescent with spicy/citrus notes.  Saisons can be straw colored, amber hued, or black as night.  They can be citrusy and spicy, dark and spicy, or oddly fruity.  It’s not so much a style as it’s a catch-all. Enough on the styles: let’s crack open that other growler of Nova Scuti and talk about what we are offering this summer.

What’s coming to the Lineage Pub?

Belgian Beer: Hall Pass

Belgian Beer: Hall Pass

Abbey Single –  An Abbey single, aka Patersbier, is a table beer meant for monks to drink on daily basis.  Most Trappist breweries make one that is a lower alcohol version of their flagship beers.  For example, Chimay’s Abbey Single’ called Doree’ is a lower alcohol version of their Dubbel. Westmalles Abbey Single is a lower alcohol version of their tripel.  Lineage Brewing’s Hall Pass follows Chimays route by using a Dubbel as a blueprint, but using the Ardennes yeast strain instead of the Chimay strain.  It’s malty, slightly fruity and infinitely drinkable on a hot summer day. 

Belgian Beer: Nova Scuti

Belgian Beer: Nova Scuti

Belgian Blonde – A Belgian blonde is golden colored, has light spicy mixed with light fruity aromas, and is lower in alcohol and sweeter than a tripel. Our Nova Scuti uses pilsner and Munich malts and a small amount sugar to dry out the beer. We deviated slightly from the norm by adding a bunch of Australian Galaxy hops at flame out. The hop addition didn’t add bitterness but it did add some wonderful juicy tropical fruit notes that work well with our Ardennes yeast.

Belgian Tripel – The Belgian tripel was first created and popularized by Westmalle. It’s straw in color, high in alcohol (close to 10%), yet easy to drink due to the sugar added to lighten the body. The last beer in our summer Belgian series will be a traditional tripel with the exception that our yeast is different than what Westmalle uses. The beer is almost entirely Pilsner malt with sugar added to lighten the body and if the stars align should come in a little over 10% ABV.

Belgian Beer: Strunk & Witte

Belgian Beer: Strunk & Witte

Belgian Witbier- Who doesn’t love a good wheat beer with some citrus and coriander added to it?  Wit (or witte) was originally brewed in Hoegaarden and nearly disappeared until a postman named Pierre Celis brought it back from the grave. Belgian Witte is a hazy straw colored beer that has wonderful spicy yeast aromas/flavors mixed with citrus from either crushed coriander or citrus zest. Our version, Strunk & Witte, is relatively traditional, except that we use some acidulated malt to tart up the beer along with crushed coriander and the zest from oranges and lemons.  Look for it sometime in mid-August.

Belgian Beer: Allumé

Belgian Beer: Allumé

Saison- Last year we did a black saison called Ombres Noir and a more traditional Saison called Allumé. Ombres Noir was dark like a stout but had a nice floral/mineral quality derived from the yeast. These yeast flavors and aromas were then paired with black cardamom to add an alluring smokey-spicy quality to the beer. Allumé, our more traditional Saison, was straw in color, effervescent with the same floral/mineral quality found in Ombres Noir.

 

If you want to try out a few, come in for a sampler, or get a nice tall beer. These are thoroughly enjoyable after a hard day’s work or on a hot Ohio day. You don’t have to be in Belgium to appreciate what the Belgians have done for beer.

 

References

“BJCP Style Guidelines.” 2016. Beer Judge Certification Program.  http://www.bjcp.org/stylecenter.php.

Hieronymus, Stan. 2005. Brew like a monk: Trappist, Abbey and strong Belgian ales and how to brew them : culture and craftmanship in the Belgian tradition. Boulder, Colo: Brewers. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/474704435

“The History of Belgian Beer.” 2012. Global Beer. http://www.globalbeer.com/content/history-belgian-beer.

Markowski, Phil. 2004. Farmhouse ales culture and craftsmanship in the Belgian tradition. Boulder, Colo: Brewers Publications. http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/689920626

Rajotte, Pierre. 1992. Belgian ale. Boulder, Colo: Brewers Publications.  http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/27187478

 

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!

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.

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.

 

There is no other industry quite like CRAFT BEER

The craft beer industry is like none other.

What other industry links up “competitors” to collaborate and build a culture TOGETHERThe craft beer industry is such an incredible business. It’s the only industry where your competitors are also your colleagues and support system. Everyone encourages each other to push the envelope and set the bar just a bit higher.

Across Ohio, 90+ and counting breweries have been established. Many of these are now nationally recognized and are bringing home medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Cheers! Columbus, Ohio is just starting to catch up to other parts of the country like: San Diego, CA; Denver, CO; Portland, OR; and Grand Rapids, MI. The energy, pride, and camaraderie in these communities inspire us all at Lineage. 

December 2013 marked the first time that the U.S. surpassed the number of breweries that existed in the 1870s. Ohio is just starting to make a name for itself in the industry. We hope that Lineage will help Ohio jump from a 33rd ranked per capita beer state to the top 10 list. We are definitely on our way! Recently, Columbus received recognition as one of the Top 10 emerging beer towns.

Across brewpub, nano, or production brewery business models, we know that we can get there by pulling together. Ohio-proud brewers collaborate and support each other with the help of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association. We are already thankful for the support given by our predecessors. We can’t wait to work together to build an Ohio-proud craft beer scene. Michigan is currently ranked 14th. Since when does Ohio let Michigan beat us!?! 

For more, check out some of these inspirational stories:

Suds County USA – The story of the San Diego beer scene http://youtu.be/MtZIYkB3_5Y

The Michigan Beer Film http://youtu.be/1XjCG3R7zLs

Special thanks go out to all the central Ohio breweries that have been so supportive of our journey.