Yesterday was Earth Day; to celebrate, the team took a trip to rural Ohio to reclaim siding from a barn that had been tagged for demolition. The barn was raised way back in 1884 (just 22 years after the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862), but was recently struck by lightning and had to come down. The wood will be reused on the exterior of the brewery, and we were also able to salvage some other awesome pieces that we’ll share with you a little later. Check out the short time-lapse video above to relive our day.
Last week the Land-Grant team took a little field trip to one of America’s craft brewing mecca’s: Denver, Colorado. We headed west to attend our second Craft Brewer’s Conference, we learned a lot, met a ton of awesome people, got a little time on the slopes and generally had a blast.
For those who are unfamiliar with CBC, there are essentially three aspects to the event:
1. The Conference CBC provides educational seminars on everything from Sustainability to Distribution to “Selling your Beer in Sweden using the Systembolaget.” No matter your role in the brewing process there is knowledge to be gleaned at CBC.
2. BrewExpo America Throughout CBC, a brewing trade show runs concurrently to the conference It gives brewers a glimpse of all the latest toys for making, packaging, selling, and serving their beer. Leave your wallet at home.
The Trade Show floor
3. The Events Once the convention show has closed its doors for the day, that’s when the real fun starts. Breweries save some of their best stuff for tapping during CBC, and love throwing parties to celebrate the occasion. For instance, Lagunitas and Left Hand joined forces and hosted a blow-out bash at the Fillmore Auditorium and booked the Funky Meters to provide the soundtrack. There’s no shortage of things to do—or beers to try—after hours at CBC.
Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Tapping Event at the Falling Rock Tap House
Beyond the official events, the real highlight of CBC is the opportunity to meet your fellow brewers—from the midwest and around the world—in person. We were thrilled to meet folks from Mad Tree, Country Boy, Braxton Brewing, Seventh Son, 4String, Elevator, Wolf’s Ridge, Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Co., Columbus Brewing Co., Vitruvian, Brewery X, Grist, and a whole bunch more.
Speaking of Grist Brewing, on Wednesday night our brewhouse manufacturer, Sprinkman, invited us to visit their brewery and taproom. We hopped on a bus to their facility, and spent a few great hours sampling their beers and checking out their setup. Their brewhouse was of particular interest to us, as it is, essentially, the same Sprinkman system that we will be brewing on here in Columbus. They brewed a batch of their tasty Berliner Weisse while we were there and it was a joy to see the system in motion in a real brewery setting.
Grist Brewing’s Bar
Grist Brewing’s Sprinkman Brewhouse
All in all, it was an amazing week that began sunny and 70° and ended atop Vail Mountain in a blizzard. We had a fabulous time in Denver, and are already looking forward to CBC 2015 in Portland, Oregon.
That’s a wrap! The tournament has come to an end, and so has the 2014 Land-Grant Bracket Brawl. Exactly zero people had UCONN bringing hoe the hardware, but someone has to win, here are your champions:
1st Place: Z Money
2nd Place: Libby Gierach
3rd Place: Rob Johnson
4th Place: Big Dave T.F.M.
We’ve notified the winners via ESPN with instructions for claiming your prize. If you did not receive a note, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to everyone for participating. We’ll all make better picks next year…
The Land-Grant team is spending the week in glorious Colorado at the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference. This is our second year attending, and it’s a truly great event. Follow along with us all week over on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Now that the building has been secured and the site plan has been approved by the East Franklinton Review Board, we can finally start getting our hands dirty. While we wait to receive our permits to begin construction proper, we’ve pulled a Removal Start permit which allows us to start some interior demo to get the old building ready for its facelift. It’s amazing to see the transformation taking place, even so early on. We’ve been documenting the whole process, and we’ve got some photos to share.
We were awfully excited to pull this sign down.
One of the first things we did was strip back the wallpaper and drywall to see what kind of condition the original façade was in. To our great surprise, not only was the brick in great shape, but the original windows were still intact.
We’ve been careful to pull out any materials we think we can reclaim and salvage for various uses throughout the facility.
We’ll be sure to post more photos as we move forward to give you a sense of our progress and give you a look behind the curtain of assembling a brewery. So, stay tuned…