Lineage Brewing (Facebook / T: @lineagebrew / IG: @lineagebrew)
2971 N. High St. (map it!)
Columbus, OH 43202
Open Tues-Thurs, 4-11p; Fri, 4p-1a; Sat, 11a-1a; Sun, 11a-10p (brunch served Sat & Sun, 11a-2p)
Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free? Y/N/N
Visited: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 11 a.m.
A few months back I wrote about the beer offerings at Lineage Brewing. It’s our neighborhood brewery, closing in on their one-year anniversary, and it’s safe to say they’ve been warmly embraced by Clintonville. Over the past year, they’ve brewed a big range of beer, expanded their food menu, and now: added brunch.
On a beautiful March Sunday morning we headed to the brewery for their new brunch. It was one of those early spring days that hints at a wonderful season to come.
Lineage’s space has been beautifully designed: lots of natural wood, light blues and creams, and lots of windows. I still remember the day they soft opened last spring, when the garage doors were open and those first tastes of warm breezes drifted through.
This makes Lineage one of those wonderfully comfortable places to hang out, enjoy a couple beers and some good food, catch up with friends and family. In short: a neighborhood bar.
And we can attest that their brunch is just as warm and welcoming. Honestly, we were really wowed by it. The menu is simple, but it’s been one of our more memorable brunches in recent memory.
First, you can’t have brunch at a brewery without some beer, right? That day I had their Loughran’s Irish Stout, a dry Irish stout brewed for St. Patrick’s Day. Their beer selection usually includes eight or so offerings, and includes everything from IPAs, stouts, a lager, a pale ale, a sour, and everything in between.
They feature wine and cocktails in addition to their beer, and on weekends they make a solid Bloody Mary with a house mix.
The official brunch menu is only four items, so we ordered it all!
The whole food menu is available at brunch: hand pies, sandwiches, salads, snacks. We zeroed in on the English mushrooms on toast as a starter, and it set the scene for what was to come. The mushrooms are sauteed with garlic and truffle oil. They packed a wonderful earthy punch, served on a crispy toast. We could have ordered another plate or two of it.
Like I said, we ordered the WHOLE brunch menu.
Item #1: a breakfast handpie. A big, flaky crust filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, potatoes, and sausage gravy. The handpie is built well – it didn’t get all mushy or fall apart, even with the gravy in there. It’s served with a side of chilled cooked apples with cinnamon.
And then the chilaquiles, made with braised chicken on tortilla chips with sliced radishes, crema, and two runny fried eggs. Chilaquiles are one of my favorite breakfast dishes, and Lineage really nails it. I love the hint of spice and earthiness from the mole sauce.
Next, a giant slice of asparagus and mushroom quiche. Creamy eggs, tender vegetables, flaky crust. Came with a little side salad that needed a tad more dressing.
And then our boys’ favorite: a big slice of banana bread pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. “Forget the French toast!” the menu says. With this giant custardy slice of goodness, there’s really no argument.
It’s great to see where Lineage has been over their first year, and even more exciting to see where they’ll go. Already they’re a neighborhood institution, and additions like their stellar brunch menu give us more and more reasons to keep going back.