Clintonville's Lineage Brewing plans soft opening in coming weeks

Nicholas Dekker, Columbus Alive contributor

Clintonville's first brewery, Lineage Brewing, is getting ready to open at 2971 N. High St. in early April.

Co-owner and brewer Mike Byrne announced the brewery's received its license and has begun brewing. His goal is to open with six house brews on tap, with possible room for guest taps. Thus far he's brewed a cream ale, a Berliner weisse and has a porter aging on coconut. He's working on a seven-barrel system, built in part from old dairy equipment from Plain City and pieces previously owned by Four String Brewing.

The brewery is owned by a four-person partnership: Byrne and his wife Jessica, Carey Hall and Jessica Page. Mike Byrne previously served as the brewer for Buckeye Lake Brewery for three years.

The taproom seats about 64, and eventually a patio will add another 17 seats. A small menu of hand-held or shareable items will complement the house brews, including a salad and a shareable appetizer, and four selections of hand pies: bahn mi, spinach, samosa and duck.

Byrne said the brewery takes its name from multiple sources, including the two couples' backgrounds living in Clintonville, the history of their equipment and the classic styles they'll brew.

Lineage is planning a soft opening in the coming weeks, and is aiming for a grand opening the first weekend in April.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming spring 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.