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.