Meet the Team: Mike

At Kindred, we strive to make great beer but we feel that the best attribute of our brewery is our people.  An avid artist, activist, and major craft beer enthusiast, Mike is certainly one of the best reasons to stop by for a drink and some conversation.  Get to know him below:

Special Talents or Hobbies:  Drawing and painting is something that I've picked back up in my late 20's/early 30's which has lead me to really enjoy the creative process. I appreciate novelty, so traveling to new places, camping, hiking and exploring things I've never been to is something I try to do on a consistent basis. I also love to read (if i can sit still long enough), exercise, and follow all Cleveland sports teams.

Beer you’re loving/drinking right now:  I honestly don't have a favorite right now but I'm seeking out light session beers so anything from a lager to a table beer is what I'm into. That, and Jameson. 

Favorite Kindred Beer ever: I'd have to say it's a tie between the the Brune and the Saison. From day one I loved the Saison here but the Brune was my first exposure to a Belgian brown ale and I loved the blend of malts and Belgian yeast we used for that beer in particular. It was delicious. 

Best beer you’ve ever had: Too hard to answer because there is so much good beer being made today, however, if there was one that just made me look at craft beer in a different way, it was a one-off by Dogfish Head called Ta Henket. They called it an ancient ale, and basically tried to revive an ancient Egyptian beer through a recipe they found in Cairo, I believe.

Favorite Ohio beer: Again, so hard to answer. Seventh Son's strong ale is up there along with Four String's pilsner. I can't say Jameson again, can I? 

People might also know you from: I worked at Seventh Son and Strongwater in Franklinton for a while and still currently tend bar at Four String's taproom in Grandview. I was also a full time community organizer in Northeast Ohio and have met a lot of people through my activism over the years.

How did you end up working in craft beer? I kinda fell into craft beer as I initially worked at Homage when I first moved to Columbus three years ago. I met an outstanding human being there named Tony Collinger who left there to manage Seventh Son's taproom and got me a shift barbacking on Friday nights and eventually left Homage to work in the service industry full time. 

Reason you love your job:  Balance of life is very important to me and tending bar gives me more time and opportunity outside of work to do things that bring me joy and satisfaction. I really enjoy working in craft beer not only because I have really grown to appreciate the brewers and the work that they put into making beer but the fact that I also work for a small business. I think it's a beautiful thing that craft beer is growing in Columbus and that people have their local favorite breweries to support. A community is evolving right in front of us. 

3 Things I'd save if my house was on fire: My girlfriend, her cat, and my sketch books.

Who I would want to have a beer with, living and deceased: Martin Luther King Jr. is one of my heroes and I'd love to have a beer with him to pick his brain and be in the presence of a human being that changed the course of history for the better. Living, a Vietnamese monk named Thich Nhat Hanh, who was exiled to France during the Vietnam war because his poetry and art became so powerful and also was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.

Perfect vacation:  I'd really enjoy backpacking through Central and South America and seeing things like Machu Picchu but equally spending time on beautiful beaches relaxing. I love the water.

What’s playing on my iTunes:  An awesome Canadian jazz band called Badbadnotgood

Meet the Team: Pants

He can probably beat you in trivia, makes some of the best cocktails in the city, and wears a fedora better than anyone.  Not only is he a master mixologist, he is one of the reasons why the atmosphere at the Kindred taproom is so damn inviting.  The man, the myth, the legend: Pants.

Name:  Pants

The obvious question:  Why does everyone call you Pants?  Everyone calls me Pants for the same reason people call each other anything- that’s how I usually introduce myself, or am introduced based off a previous introduction. In other circles I’m known as John, Jack, Sergio, Chris and the Mayor. Someone called me Paul at a party, but they had mistaken me for someone else.

Special Talents or Hobbies:  As far as hobbies, there’s not a lot I’m not interested in. Except not ending sentences with prepositions. And the somewhat-antiquated prohibition on double-negatives. And the temperate-use of hyphens. So maybe grammar-in-general. But everything else I’m pretty into.

Beer I'm Drinking Right Now: Right now the beer I’m most in love with is Yellow Springs Brewery’s Zoetic, but I have a feeling it will be a fun but fleeting affair. I’m still looking for the kind of beer I can take home to my mother.

Favorite Kindred Beer: My favorite Kindred beer was definitely the vanilla cinnamon coffee porter. It’s one of the best beers I’ve ever had, period. I wish we could have it all the time. Hint, hint.

Best Beer I've Ever Had: The best beer I’ve ever had was just called Pilsner. It’s comparable to Miller Lite but of the Ecuadorian persuasion. I drank it one night down there and ended up making out with one of the prettiest girls I have ever met... Sometimes context is everything.

Favorite Ohio Beer:  My favorite Ohio beer is whatever home brew friends drop off. I love the joie-de-vivre and creativity homebrewers bring to the table. Anything done for passion as opposed to profit seems to taste better. Enthusiasm definitely has its own flavor profile and you can’t beat the price.

People Might Also Know Me From: Bars, bingo halls, brothels, bocce courts, basement shows, back alleys and the occasional bush... Any place that begins with ‘B’, really.

Reason I Love My Job: What’s not to love? I get my mornings free and spend my evenings helping people have a good time.

Three Things I Would Save if My House Were in Flames: The three things I’d save if my house was on fire would be the walls, floor and ceiling.

Who Would I Want to Have a Beer With, Living and Deceased: The person alive who I’d most like to have a beer with is the one who is buying the next round. I don’t like drinking with dead people. They’re poor conversationalists and they smell weird.

My Perfect Vacation:  I would have to say Columbus from May to August. The weather is warm, I can sit on my porch, and everyone else is away on vacation.

Playing on My iTunes Right Now: I’m not a fan of any of Apple’s practices so I try not to support them or their products. I do, however, enjoy going to shows and supporting local talent. Cafe Bourbon St, Ace of Cups, Rumba, Rambling House, Dick’s Den – there are tons of places just in my neighborhood to see great live, local music. 

Meet the Team: Patrick

With the much-anticipated Kindred Beer sours nearing their release, it's critical that the barrel-aging process is run and supervised by capable hands.  Not only is he a Kindred brewer, he is the resident expert of all things funky (and he even makes his own maple syrup!)  Get to know Patrick Gangwer.

Name:  Patrick Gangwer

Special Talents or Hobbies:  Carting my kids around for sports and events, maple syrup making, cooking and homebrewing.

Beer I'm Drinking Right Now: I am really into Trappist ales right now.

Favorite Kindred Beer: Golden Strong Ale

Best Beer I've Ever Had: Farewell My Friends by Jackie O’s

Favorite Ohio Beer: The last one in my glass!

People Might Also Know Me From: Teaching nursing.

Reason I Love My Job: I make beer, play with barrels, yeast and bacteria, and get to talk about beer a lot.

Three Things I Would Save if My House Were in Flames: My Family, my Dog and my beer cellar.

Who Would I Want to Have a Beer With, Living and Deceased: Living: Jean Van Roy, the Brewmaster at Cantillon.  Deceased: My grandma and grandpa.

My Perfect Vacation: Anywhere spending time and laughing with my family and good friends.

Playing on My iTunes Right Now: Run the Jewels and Blue October

Meet the Team: Eddie

If you have been in to the taproom lately, you have probably had the pleasure of meeting our new taproom manager, Eddie Miller.  A seasoned veteran in the service industry, Eddie takes a lot of pride in providing exceptional service and educating customers on Kindred's many beer styles.  Get to know him a bit better below!

Name:  Eddie Miller

Special Talents or Hobbies:  I’m a big golfer and within the last few years have really gotten into cycling. Neither competitively, but both things make me feel like a kid when I’m doing them. I’ve got a bunch of guitars that I don’t play enough, but have been playing since high school. I’m a HUGE Cleveland sports fan. The Browns (unfortunately) are probably my favorite team in any sport to any capacity. I grew up within walking distance of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so football has always been a big deal in my family.

Beer I'm Drinking Right Now: Bell's Hopslam because it’s seasonal. Not on the bandwagon though, been drinking that since 06’.

Favorite Kindred Beer: Probably the Waves, but I haven’t had a chance to try the Golden Strong yet. Once the sours come out I’m sure that will change again. Pat, our mad scientist, is brewing up gold back there!

Best Beer I've Ever Had: Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout from 2012. I’ve had a lot of really good beers, but that’s the only time I’ve had it and I can still remember it.

Favorite Ohio Beer: This is a tough one because I love Ohio beer. There’s great stuff all over the state. Maybe one of the reserves of Hoppin’ Frog or Thirsty Dog. Bourbon Barrel Siberian Night or a Barrel Aged BORIS. I’m biased because I’m a Northeast Ohio kid, so I love anything that comes from my neck of the woods. From Cleveland to Cincinnati and all the little towns in between, you’re all doing great things for the beer community not just in Ohio, but everywhere you reach out to. Keep keepin' it real!

People Might Also Know Me From: I worked for Mad Mex for 9 years through college and some time after. I credit most, if not all, of my bartending knowledge from that place.

Reason I Love My Job: I love my job for the free beer. Kidding. I studied people for 6 years at OSU. I double majored in Sociology & Criminology so being in a setting that I can meet new people every day and pick their brains is always something I’ve enjoyed doing. I’ve never met anyone that I didn’t have some sort of common ground or shared interest with. Bartending is more of a passion to me than a job. So, being able to do that while managing the taproom and making it my own was very appealing to me. I’ve worked very hard over the years managing a bunch of different venues, but this is the first time that I’m THE manager and not the assistant to the manager. So, given the opportunity and responsibility to not only keep the taproom running efficiently, but also challenged to make it better is something I’ve worked towards for a long time.

Three Things I Would Save if My House Were in Flames: Guitar, my framed Bernie Kosar autographed shirt, and my girlfriend's cat since I know she’ll be reading this. 

Who Would I Want to Have a Beer With, Living and Deceased: Living: Nick Offerman; Deceased: Papa (my grandpa)

My Perfect Vacation: Middle of nowhere with no supplies. Kill to survive! ….Or a beach with no tourists.

Playing on My iTunes Right Now: Rebelution