Lineage is a fantastic brewery down in Columbus. The tasting room is almost as awesome as the beer they produce. A little birdie also told me that the owners are from Akron. So let's welcome these dudes back home on Saturday. My current favorite from Lineage is the Passionate Bernice, though don't overlook their Kimmy Gibbler a California Common either. Make sure to get your ticket to the Akron Ale Fest in order to get to check out breweries like his first hand!
Who are you and what is your role at the brewery?
Mike Byrne, Head Brewer and Co-owner of Lineage Brewing
What is the name of your brewery and how did it come about?
Lineage Brewing. It took us years to get our little brewery going. As we were working, we actively sought out used equipment and stored it all in our garages. We soon, realized that each piece of equipment had it's own story, or "lineage". For fun, we created a family tree of our equipment (its actually on our website blog). Lineage kinda just stuck after that and we all really felt it stood for our brewing and business philosophy.
What is your favorite beer that's been released at your brewery?
Passionate Bernice, our Passion Fruit/Guava Berliner Weiss. It is tart and refreshing. It is also low gravity, so I can drink multiple without worrying about the next morning.
What is your favorite thing in your brewery?
My mash paddle. I used to brew for Buckeye Lake Brewery and the owner Rich, presented it to me on my last day. He had the logo, my name and years burned into it. I still use it to this day, and still love seeing the engraving. It reminds me of how lucky I was to work there.
What is your most recent milestone?
We just celebrated our 1 year anniversary in March. As a business owner, that felt great.
What is your next major goal for the brewery?
Our next major goal is to upgrade our glycol cooling system, so we can expand capacity. We really want to brew some more experimental type beers, but we just don't have the tank space right now. Hopefully that can be fixed soon.
Bear vs. Shark who would win and why?
Bear. I think having arms and claws is a huge advantage.
Drink of choice? (this doesn't have to be one of your beers but it can be)
I love our beers, but since we don't can or bottle, I still drink quite a bit of other central Ohio beers. Right now, I've been crushing Four String's Pay Back Pils at BBQ's and late night bon fires.