First Look: 101 Beer Kitchen

Written by on October 2, 2012 in Bars - 4 Comments

A new gastropub, 101 Beer Kitchen, officially opened its doors to the public yesterday, bringing high-quality food and beer to Dublin.

“Imagine if Northstar and Bob’s Bar had a love child… that would be us,” joked bar manager Bradley Koinis in an email.

101 Beer Kitchen is located in the corner of a strip mall on Sawmill Road, but offers a charming and rustic bar and restaurant. A large metal Ohio bearing the “101BK” moniker and water-filled growlers set on each table are just some of the touches that add to the ambiance.

Craft beer lovers will be delighted to learn that the new bar delivers on its promise of an excellent selection. The 20 taps are currently occupied by Bells Amber, Delirium Tremens, North Coast Brother Thelonius, Palm Speciale Belge, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Two Brothers Cain and Ebel, Stone Sublimly Self-Rightous ale, Green Flash West Coast IPA, Four Strings White IPA, Reissdorf Kolsch, Brooklyn Gold Standard Lager, Stoudts Pilsner, Rivertown Roebling Porter, Iron Fist Spice and Desist, Victory Festbier, Ommegang Scythe & Sickle, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout and Wittekerke Witbeir.

The impressive bottle selection of another 50 offerings is helpfully divided on the menu into categories hop head heaven, belgian excellence, rich malty favorites, refreshing saisons, crisp clean lagers and “walk on the wild side,” the designation for sours, fruit beers, ciders and specialty ales. They also have a handful of wines and local favorite liquors Watershed Gin, OYO Whiskey and Buckeye Vodka, alongside a fine lineup of bourbons, whiskeys and scotches. Stop by on weekdays for happy hour from 3-7pm featuring half price drafts and $5 wine pours in the bar area.

I was there for the soft opening last week, which is never a good time to properly review a restaurant, as the servers and chefs are just getting used to everything. That said, I really enjoyed the butternut squash perogies and rich pumpkin cake topped with vanilla ice cream. As for our entrees, I give the forest pizza (roasted garlic, alfredo, onions, mushrooms and fontini cheese) and shrimp and grits a solid “a-OK.” With an additional five appetizers, five sandwhiches, four salads, two pizzas and eight entrees to round out the menu, there are plenty of dining options for any palate.

101 Beer Kitchen is located at 7509 Sawmill Road in Dublin.

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

4 Comments on "First Look: 101 Beer Kitchen"

  1. Sage Wolfe October 2, 2012 at 8:39 PM · Reply

    My thoughts on 101BK (from Oct 1):
    1) “Gastropub” made me think the place would be overly pretentious. It’s not. I enjoyed the atmosphere. Bob’s Bar + Northstar is accurate.
    2) Tap list is very good.
    3) My server said they had 80 bottles but I didn’t count. Bottle selection seems good but I didn’t read every entry.
    4) I didn’t eat, but the menu looked good. Pretty good vegetarian options. The owner also told me not to be shy if you want to order something made slightly differently, e.g. gluten free, vegetarian. They don’t mention that on the menu, though.
    5) Good happy hour…..BUT it’s only valid if you sit at the bar! If you are seated at a regular table, your drinks are regular price. They were nice enough to comp my party the difference since we didn’t know, but perhaps they should post this.

  2. Jessica October 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM · Reply

    We went last Friday and we’re greeted by a nice hostess, however we almost walked out after our server took us to our table dropped our menus down and didn’t come back for over 10 minutes. It was 4:30pm and only a few tables were full so I wasn’t sure what this server was up to but it was pretty bad on the 5th day after opening to not have attentive service.
    My husband went up to the desk to see if we could be served, a nice guy (we think the owner) ended up becoming our waiter for the rest of the evening. He was very attentive. We were impressed with our food and the beer was delicious. I had the wedge salad and butternut squash pierogies, my husband the had the pork schnitzel sandwich, our kiddo the mac and cheese, vege chips and donut dessert.
    We were pretty happy by the time we left. They still have a few kinks to figure out (especially with that rude server) but we are happy to have a place close to come and kid friendly that offers unique menu items and craft beer.

  3. Food Club December 15, 2012 at 6:39 AM · Reply

    Good luck if your party has more than 6 people. We went for a friend’s birthday and had 10 people in our party. The host staff seemed completely unable to manage tables and we were actually told by the red-headed manager that a 3-top was seated ahead of us because they got angry at her! Waited 3 hours and left. Dumb move, poor management.

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