I’m lazy. Kindred’s taproom opened in Gahanna in April, and here we are in October and I hadn’t been yet. I mention going about once a week…but it’s not the most convenient place to go and I never go to Gahanna. Wahhh, Gahanna’s like TWENTY minutes away on the other side of town. I’d been meaning to get off my butt and go, but things kept popping up, like every bar between my house and Gahanna. Well, I finally made it, and I’m glad I did, because it’s a beautiful place to drink some tasty beer.
The space is great. The room is dominated by a long L-shaped bar with a big rounded bump-out on the corner to maximize seating. The wood top is smooth and pristine, indicative of the new-ness of the taproom. A few tables are scattered next to the bar, and there is a row of tables along the side wall, if you’re not a bar sitter. There is also a nice patio out front of the large glass garage door dominating the front wall of the taproom if you want to take advantage of the remaining warm days and have a beer al fresco.
You might say Kindred has capitalized on every modern trend in capturing the taproom’s style. The menu over the bar is made from pallets painted with chalkboard paint. The bar back is all gleaming white subway tile. Edison bulbs affixed to more pallets light the bar, while string lights illuminate the table area. The industrial door handles are made from pipes. This isn’t a bad thing, as I like many of these trends, and Kindred did a great job putting all these things together with a sense of style.
The back of the taproom is lined with windows providing a glimpse into the barrel room. Kindred doesn’t brew the majority of its beer on site, but they do store their barrels here, and there is row after row of barrels stacked three high to the ceiling. In time, we’ll get to try some delicious wild ales that will become a cornerstone of Kindred’s beer lineup.
Which brings me to the beer! I started with a flight, trying to focus on beers I have not seen around town. The Standard Operating Procedure is a saison. The traditional flavors of the style are kicked up a notch with a rye spice and a hoppy bitterness on the finish that add a refreshing twist on the standard saison. The Hawaiian Shirt is simultaneously floral and fruity with notes of hibiscus and mango. Light and tropical tasting, but still complex and interesting. The Farmhouse Pale is very bitter at first, but finishes with just a slight citrusy tartness. The Waves pale ale similarly starts off bitter, but finishes slightly fruity. When the flight was gone, I enjoyed a Kindred Wit, which is nice and crisp and has all the wit spices you would expect. Laura had the Salvage Porter infused with coffee, which was a fantastic addition and possibly my favorite beer of our visit.
I’ve heard several of my beer friends say that they’ve been meaning to check out Kindred, but just haven’t made it over there yet. Do it. Get yourself an Uber and get out to Gahanna. The beer is delicious and the atmosphere is very pleasant. You’ll be glad you got off your butt and went.