When one of your favorite breweries rolls out a brunch menu and you write a column called “Drunk Brunch,” you’re pretty much obligated to check it out during its debut weekend. It helps if you had a few too many drinks to drive home from said brewery the night before, so your car is still sitting in their parking lot waiting to be claimed. Ahem.
This weekend Lineage Brewing added a limited brunch menu with four new dishes offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The kitchen at the Clintonville craft brewery specializes in handpies, empanada-esque flaky pastries filled with savory or sweet seasonal ingredients, so the new brunch menu includes a breakfast handpie, stuffed with scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and cheesy potatoes. It’s basically an awesome-r version of one of those Toaster Strudel Toaster Scramblers, served with a side of caramely cooked apples ($9). There’s also a delightful – if a bit small – asparagus muchroom quiche ($9), and an amazingly decadent banana nut walnut bread pudding topped with rum sauce and served with a side of vanilla ice cream ($9). Lineage’s final brunch offering, chicken chilaquiles, is the only dish I did not try — braised chicken in mole sauce topped with two fried eggs and crema ($11).
In addition to their own rotating lineup of craft brews — the chocolatey/coffee-rich Midnight Sickle Russian Imperial Stout currently on tap is my top recommendation — Lineage offers a small selection of cocktails for your drunk brunching like a Moscow Mule with local vodka and ginger beer; a twist on a Manhattan using absinthe; and a house-made Bloody Mary. They also serve One Line Coffee, which was the only drink calling my name after my previous night out.
Lineage Brewing is located at 2971 N. High St. in Clintonville. Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 11am–2pm.