“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.