As we pull up to the three-year mark, we are reflecting back on the very beginning. So, this month, we caught up with Quintin “Q” Jessee, one of our fearless founders. Q takes us way back to 1999 when he first fostered a love of craft beer, reminds us of a time when Land-Grant was Oval, and reflects on his happiest time at LG. Ahhh, memories!
Name: Quintin “Q” Jessee
Position: Co-Founder / Director
How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I met (Co-Founders) Walt Keys and Adam Benner during the Oval Brewing Kickstarter in 2012 when their college roommate introduced us. I was in the process of starting a brewery too. After meeting Walt and Adam, we decided to join forces and build a brewery together. I am very blessed to have met Walt and Adam and be part of the Land-Grant family!
What is it you do here?
I am fortunate to get to do a lot of different things at Land-Grant. I am a board member at Land-Grant, and I also serve on the Quality and Safety committees. That means I work on special projects, help our President, Adam, with business strategy, foster investor relations, visit accounts with the sales team, help brew beer every once in a while, develop policy and execute HR functions–I even deliver beer occasionally! A little bit of everything!
Your background is in pharmaceuticals, so what about the craft beer industry peaked your interest?
My chemistry background in pharmaceuticals is what got me interested in brewing. I like the science that is involved. My wife and I made beer for our wedding back in 1999, and had a lot of fun creating something for our friends and family. In the mid-90’s, we not only fell in love with each other, but with brewing too. (Awwwwww!)
As we approach the third anniversary, looking back, what is your best memory at LG?
I can truly say that I have so many great memories at Land-Grant that it is hard to pick just one. But if I have to choose, it would be cutting the ribbon on Opening Day, October 18, 2014, with Walt and Adam. All the dreams and hard work by our team, family and friends came to life that day.
Q raises a toast before the first tapping of Land-Grant beer.
What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
Every day of the week is my favorite day! Our food truck line up is one of the best in Columbus, so I get to try different food every time I’m at the brewery. It is especially fun experimenting with food and beer pairings. I also love a good beer and Jeni’s Ice Cream pairing. I highly recommend our 1862 Kölsch with Jeni’s Wildberry Lavender Ice Cream.
I can also honestly say that we have amazing bartenders every day of the week at Land-Grant. I’ve been at national conventions wearing some of Walt’s amazing design work, and people chase me down to tell me that our bartenders are the best they have ever met.
Every day of the week, you can also encounter some form of community empowerment at the brewery. Adam had a vision to give back and support our local community from the outset. In fact, it is incorporated into our mission statement! Many of our events are actually specific to helping improve the community–from Community Happy Hours to special fundraising events. My favorite is the efforts to help with Pelotonia fundraising. Being a pharmacist and being able to help support cancer research at Land-Grant is truly amazing.
Want to catch up on our previous ‘People behind the Pint’ entries? You can do just that right here.