Kindred Artisan Ales Brings Belgian Brewing (and a cool Tasting Room) to Gahanna

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Just six months into their opening in Gahanna, Kindred Artisan Ales has already established a strong reputation for its craft beers and (really) cool tasting room. We caught up with KAA’s Head Brewer, Max Lachowyn, to find out what’s on tap for fall.  

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Q: When & how was Kindred Artisan Ales established?

We were established in the fall of 2014 and opened our brewery and Tasting Room in April 2016

Q:  What inspired you to start Kindred?

Kindred was a collaboration between myself, a local investor group and Patrick Gangwer who manages our sour barrel-aging program.

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Q: Why did you choose Gahanna as the home for Kindred Artisan Ales? 

Gahanna had the real estate required for our operation as well as a vibrant community of folks who we are proud to serve our beer to. The citizens and City Hall have been very supportive of our mission since day one.

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Q: What sets your ales apart? 

We brew many different types of ales at Kindred but what we bring to the area that is a little different is a focus on Belgian brewing tradition and mixed fermentation ales. The latter are typically aged in wine barrels through a secondary fermentation from wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria. These beers offer a pleasing tartness and complexity and are often refermented with fruit and spices. The various barrels come together as a unique blend, much like wine, before going through a natural carbonation process in the bottle. This process can take anywhere from 6 months to a few years but we hope to release a small number of bottles by the end of 2016.

Aside from these specialty ales, we produce a plethora of different beers in our production brewery such as our Kindred Wit, Farmhouse Pale Ale and Salvage Porter. We have just started filling six packs, so keep an eye out for Kindred on store shelves in the coming weeks.

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Q: Any recommended chews to go with those brews?

We believe that good beer should always go well with food so we strive to create balanced and refreshing beers at all costs. Our Kindred Wit pairs especially well with lighter fare like greens, fish and chicken. Farmhouse Pale Ale, or “FPA” as we affectionately call it, has a lot of floral and citrusy hop character that pairs nicely with spicy food. Our Salvage Porter pairs well with smoked meats, chocolate and crisp fall weather.

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Q: Since Kindred is located in “Ohio’s Herb Capital,” have you created any ales or cocktails that celebrate this designation w/ herb infusions?

For special occasions we have infused some of our beers with various herbs like thyme and basil. This tends to work well with our Belgian-style beers that already possess nice spicy characteristics from our yeast. We have talked pretty seriously about brewing an herb-centric beer next summer to commemorate Gahanna as our state’s herb capital.

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Q:  What’s on tap for fall?

Salvage Porter has just been released in kegs around Columbus with six-packs right around the corner. This dark ale is brewed with three types of English roasted malts to create a subtle earthy bitterness with flavors of dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Right now at the Tasting Room we have some coffee infusions on tap with plenty more variations to come. Salvage is a fun beer for us to play around with.

Q: What’s YOUR favorite Kindred ale?

My personal favorite is the Kindred Wit. It’s a very refreshing and bright beer. As I mentioned earlier, I feel it goes well with many different food dishes. It is brewed with coriander, orange peel and chamomile and possesses balanced flavor and soft mouthfeel.

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Q: Where else can people find Kindred Artisan Ales? 

Visit KindredAles.com for more information about us and our beer. Also, wee are active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And Kindred will soon be sending six packs of Kindred Wit, Salvage Porter and Farmhouse Pale Ale to bottle shops and grocery stores in the central Columbus area.

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Visit Kindred Artisan Ales:
505 Morrison Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230
(614) 528-1227

Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 4pm-12am
Saturday: 12 noon-12 midnight
Sunday: 12 noon-10pm
(Happy Hour Everyday from 4- 7pm)

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Gahanna Ohio Draws Craft Beer Lovers

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Word is out: Gahanna is becoming known as more than just the Herb Capital of Ohio. It’s quickly gaining recognition as a great destination for craft beer lovers.

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101 Beer Kitchen. The latest brew house to adopt Gahanna as its new home is 101 Beer Kitchen. Owners Thad and Jessica Kittrell launched their first 101BK location on the northwest side of Columbus about two years ago. That success soon had them seeking an ideal spot on the east side of town. That’s when they discovered the 5,000 sq. ft. storefront at 397 Stone Ridge Lane—which will open later this year.

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“We chose Gahanna, and this location in particular, because in a sea of chains we wanted to bring some fresh local flair and an option for the young professional, family or empty nester who simply enjoys eating and learning about great food and beer to pair,” Jessica said. “Every 101BK staff member is passionate about our products and the education thereof and we are looking forward to bringing something different to the east side.”

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In addition to the many great craft beers that patrons will find on tap at 101BK, all of the food is made from scratch. The menu changes quarterly, incorporating great seasonal flavors.  A few signature items stay on the menu year-round (due to customer demand). Favorites include house-made pretzels (baked fresh, topped with sea salt and caraway and served with a beer cheese spread) and 101BK’s amazing tater tots—fresh potatoes, deep fried and topped with cheddar, pork croutons, Sriracha cream and scallions. “Sinful and delicious little nuggets of happiness,” according to Jessica.

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Pigskin Brewing Company Central Ohio craft brew buffs are anxiously awaiting the September opening of new startup beer brewery, Pigskin Brewing Company at 81 Mill St. in Gahanna’s Creekside Entertainment District.

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The sports/football themed brewery will feature a Taproom with many of Columbus’s best local beers, and will showcase several house recipes. According to the owners, “It will be the ideal spot to come watch the game, celebrate after a day of dominating work, or just to kick back and enjoy the high quality beer you deserve.” Fans will be able to wear their PBC devotion by purchasing authentic Pigskin gear.

Local Cantina, Signatures & More Currently, Gahanna offers several other nice spots to unwind with friends over a great beer and good food, including …

Creekside Local Cantina, (101 Mill St. at Creekside Plaza) offering a wide variety of craft beers, finely crafted tequila and hand crafted tacos (fish, chicken, beef, carnitas, BLT, shrimp, veggie & “truck style”). Check out Taco Tuesday (all tacos $2, all day) or a Happy Hour 4-7pm Monday-Friday.

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Signatures Mill Stone Tavern, ( 94 Mill St.), a long-time local favorite, has recently become an even better place—thanks to new owners Tim Latorre and Corey Pearce. On nearly any given day, Signatures has at least 30 beers on tap—not to mention a variety of specialty shots and cocktails. (“Signatini,” anyone?) Add into the mix a nice menu featuring great pizza, wings, burgers and more; plus live music and a popular patio–and you have all the ingredients for a fun night out with friends. Check the Signatures website for event info including 80s Ladies Night Thursdays and other fun happenings.

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So what does all this mean for Gahanna? We asked Cheryl Harrison, editor of Drink Up Columbus, for her take on it.

“It’s exciting to see Gahanna coming into its own as a craft beer destination,” she said. “With Dublin’s acclaimed 101BK and a brand new brewery joining established beer bars and events like the Gahanna BrewFest, Central Ohioans who love craft beer are sure to flock to Gahanna.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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~Post by Mary Szymkowiak, Communications Manager
Gahanna OH Convention and Visitors Bureau

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