Is it really surprising that Lineage Brewing was an instant hit when it opened last spring? Lineage is a smart and fashionable craft beer brewery in Clintonville - a neighborhood enamored with things that are smart, fashionable and involve craft beer.

Is it really surprising that Lineage Brewing was an instant hit when it opened last spring? Lineage is a smart and fashionable craft beer brewery in Clintonville - a neighborhood enamored with things that are smart, fashionable and involve craft beer.

If Lineage were a lazy business, I suppose it could coast on its reputation as 1) the only place of its kind in the area and 2) one of the best new breweries in America, according to the January 2016 issue of BeerAdvocate, a respected and influential boozemag.

As a recent visit proved, Lineage isn't lazy. For example, its food has improved with the roll out of an expanded menu starring sandwiches, sides and starters that deliver more bang for your buck than the brewery's opening-day snacks.

First things first, and that means beer here. If you're here Tuesday through Friday between 4 and 7 p.m., you'll enjoy happy hour savings, when drafts are $4 a pop. Other beery inducements: suds-themed movies, sip-n-play board games and Cask Thursdays. The last of these recently featured a cask-conditioned, caramel-colored "Mango Going HAM," an amusingly named double IPA ($6) whose powerhouse 9.1 ABV and 88 IBUs were held in check by tropical fruit flavors plus a creamy, smooth texture.

Soup's on now, too, and the peppery, hearty and healthy lentils ($5) accented by chopped fennel-seeded Italian sausage, diced potatoes and kale - but kale snipped so thinly that haters won't be discouraged - was a delicious first slurp of Lineage's tempting menu additions.

I was also a big fan of two sandwiches I sampled. Arriving on good and warm toasted ciabatta rolls and served with chips, the sandwiches have enough personality to warrant their titles: the Don Miguel Italian Pork ($9) and the Miss Dixie Southern Style Meatloaf ($10).

With its careful execution and ingredients taken from the bold-yet-comforting, Philadelphia-Italian playbook - lotsa shredded pork (warm, sporting long-cooked character), sharp provolone (blistered and melted) and broccoli rabe for contrast - the Don Miguel is a sure thing. The Miss Dixie is also inspired. Pickled green tomato offsets the richness of a generous layer of tangy and sharp pimento cheese spread plus a couple slices of tender, flavorful meatloaf.

With winners like these, I look forward to checking out Lineage's other new dishes. Stay tuned.