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

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

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!

Lineage Brewing’s India Pale Ales

Spaceship #6 is West-coast inspired with complex tropical fruit aroma and flavors along with a resiny finish.
HOPS: Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra

Exosphere is a Double that melds nice piney flavors with a malt backbone.
HOPS: Galaxy, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo

– 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

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.

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.