Sampling beers at 101 Beer Kitchen
Last week I finally had the chance to check out a new gastropub here in Columbus – 101 Beer Kitchen. If you live in the area and can make a trip to try it out, you’re in for a real treat!
The theme of the restaurant is rustic food and craft beer. The food is quite tasty – it’s made from scratch with fresh (and often local) ingredients. Customers have 101 beers to choose from – 20 on tap and 81 bottles (with maybe a few more here and there if you sit at the bar and chat up the bartender). The bartenders, by the way, really know their stuff. I found them very attentive and knowledgeable, and they humored my tasting requests when I initially couldn’t decide what type of beer I was in the mood for that evening.
The Dining and Drinking Experience
Housemade Mac & Cheese with Andouille Sausage
Friday night proved to be the happening time to show up at 101 Beer Kitchen. My friend and I arrived around 7pm, and by then there was quite a line out the door, and a fairly long wait. Luckily we scored a couple seats at the bar (which is the best seat in the house for a beer blogger anyway!). Menus of beer and food were readily available, and the bartenders were attentive and helpful at suggesting what to order both from the beer and food menus. After much debate I decided on their Housemade Mac & Cheese with Andouille Sausage for my main course. As you can see it was a pretty large serving, but all of my leftovers definitely got eaten. Aaron was our primary bartender that evening and kudos to him for all of the suggestions!
My beer line-up for the evening consisted of:
- Sixpoint – Sweet Action (Cream Ale 5.2% ABV)
- Three Floyds – Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale (Scottish Ale 6.5% ABV) Great with spicy food! I had this with the tater tots.
And at this point the beer drinking turned into an informal Evil Twin Brewing sampling event. For those of you that have never had a beer from Evil Twin Brewing – each beer you try is going to be a very unique taste experience.
- Evil Twin Brewing – Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett (American IPA 6% ABV)
Fruity, sweet and hoppy. The fruity, sweet taste hits upfront and there is a prominent sour finish.
- Evil Twin Brewing – Evil Twin Christmas Eve At A New York City Hotel Room (2011) (American Double / Imperial Stout 10% ABV)
Lighter body than you may experience with other stouts, and poured with a decent head. Carbonated, and fruity like a cherry as well as woody/oaky.
- Evil Twin Brewing – All Occasions IPA (American Double / Imperial IPA 8% ABV)
Definitely a hoppy aroma like an IPA should have. Had a strong bitter finish.
- Evil Twin Brewing – Evil Twin Hop Flood (American Brown Ale 7% ABV)
This reminded me of a Märzen. The name implies it would be hoppy but tasted primarily malty over all else.
The Story Behind 101
Wondering what the 101 stands for? The name “101” has several meanings behind it – the couple that owns the restaurant (Jessica and Thad Kittrell) were married on 10/1, the restaurant opened on 10/1, and 101 also matches the concept behind their brand – a simple, back-to-basics educational approach to beer and food.
The owners dreamed of opening their own restaurant for several years, and I have to say now that it’s here, it’s turning out to be quite the success story. If you go on a popular night out and don’t want to deal with crowds, I do recommend waiting until after 8pm. 101 Beer Kitchen is open until 11p on Friday and Sat nights (10pm on weeknights) so you’ll still have several hours to peruse the booze. You can also call ahead which will give you priority seating (but you’ll still probably have a wait at prime times).
Housemade Tater Tots
If you aren’t sure what to order once you get there, just ask – you’ll get some good recommendations. I also highly recommend ordering the loaded housemade tater tots as an appetizer – you won’t be disappointed!
I’ll definitely be making my way up north again to check out what they have on tap at the moment, and to try out more of the great food on the menu!
To visit 101 Beer Kitchen, head to Dublin (they opened in the spot that used to be a Hoggy’s if you’re familiar with the area).
7509 Sawmill Road
Dublin, Ohio 43016
Hours of Operation
Mon. – Thurs. | 11am – 10pm
Fri. -Sat. | 11am – 11pm
Sunday | 11am – 9pm
If you have a chance to check them out – let us know your thoughts (or what was good on the menu!).