The Beard and I had a pretty marvelous happy hour the other afternoon at Kindred Artisan Ales in Gahanna. We were invited to sample a few of their new brews that are being released this Saturday (June 3rd) to the public. They’ll be releasing the limited amount of bottles of Wanderlust and Spring Thaw at noon at their brewery. It’s going to be quite the shindig with live music, yummy food (see below!), and definitely delicious beer. Babies, puppies, and beer lovers are all invited to attend.
We actually tried to visit Kindred a few weeks ago but their food truck wasn’t open and we were in the mood for some late night snacks. Lucky for us (and you), their food truck is now an official establishment with opening hours the same as the brewery.
Kindred has a Production Brewery located in a little business park in Gahanna, just a few miles down the road from their Barrel House and Tasting Room. Not only is the lighting amazing in the Tasting Room, it’s a great size with a few TV’s, beer barrels on display and just a few board games to enjoy with family and friends. You can even rent it out for pretty reasonable price for private parties. Is it appropriate to have a one-year-old’s birthday party at a brewery? Asking for a friend…
I know we were invited to learn about the beer and don’t’ get me wrong, it was amazing and I’ll get to that eventually. But, oh my goodness, this burger. Before it arrived, our host described it as a “really good, juicy, piece of meat.” That’s exactly what it was, but even better. But, be wary if you aren’t a mustard lover because it has a smothering of super seedy mustard on the bottom bun.
Okay, okay, here is the reason you came to this post. The year-long passion project from Barrel House Manager Patrick Gangwer was totally worth the wait. The enthusiasm radiating off of this beer loving fella was so captivating. He knows his stuff and it shows through each brew that Kindred has in their wheelhouse.
They’ll be releasing two bottles at their party on Saturday, Wanderlust and Spring Thaw. While these two bottles can be labeled under the “sour” description, Patrick refers to them as wild fermentation ales, which I think is way cooler. Wanderlust ($15 a bottle) is a “mixed fermentation Saison with peaches and Riesling must.” When asked about the name, he said that it really named itself because this beer took on its’ own journey and let him know when it was ready for more and when its’ journey was complete.
The second bottle they’ll be releasing is Spring Thaw ($13 a bottle) which is a “mixed fermentation golden ale with Pinot Noir grape skins.” The grape skins are actually from Slate Run Winery in Canal Winchester, which is pretty darn awesome. I loved this beer. I felt like you could actually taste the semblance of the grape skins, but it wasn’t too sweet and didn’t leave me with that icky feeling after you drink too many sweet alcoholic beverages. Plus, it was a little bubbly and I love that – hence my obsession with LaCroix.
Make sure you get there early on Saturday because there are only 900 bottles of each variety. They’ll be limiting the numbers of bottles, but that’s to be determined at the event. In addition to buying the bottles, you’ll also be able to snag a pint on draft at Kindred. Sorry, no growler sales quite yet! You never know how long these babies are going to last, so take my word, grab your pup, your friends and make it a Saturday that everyone will enjoy.
We received the beer and food in exchange for sharing information about Kindred’s upcoming sours release party. All opinions and thoughts are our own.