The craft beer industry is like none other.
What other industry links up “competitors” to collaborate and build a culture TOGETHER? The 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.