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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.

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.

 

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.