Archive | 2017

Merry Christmas from Land-Grant!

We’d like to take a moment and wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! Thanks for enjoying so many great brews with us in 2017, and we look forward to raising a glass in 2018. The taproom is CLOSED today, but will resume regular hours tomorrow.

New Brew: The Last Red-Eye

Sometimes it feels like you woke up a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, and a little pick-me-up would do you some good. The last Red-Eye was brewed in collaboration with our friends from the Rogue Squadron Podcast with Columbus-roasted espresso from our Franklinton neighbors, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters. In addition to Stauf’s Odarrec espresso, this beer was brewed with Kiln coffee malt, creating lighter drinking porter with rich, roasty flavor that will open your eyes and leave you with a sense that perhaps the dark side isn’t so bad after all.

THE LAST RED-EYE STATS


STYLE: COFFEE + ESPRESSO PORTER
ABV: 6.2%   IBU: 18
HOPS: CHINOOK, CASCADE
MALTS: 2 ROW, KILN COFFEE, CARAMEL, PALE CHOCOLATE, GOLDEN NAKED OATS
INGREDEINTS: STAUF’S ODARREC ESPRESSO
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: BELGIAN

New Year’s Eve at Land-Grant!

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?! We suggest that you say “so long” to 2017, and count down to 2018 with your friends at Land-Grant!

Your all-inclusive ticket includes:

  • Land-Grant Beer
  • Cider
  • Wine
  • Lyft Code for ride home (up to $20)
  • Ray Ray’s Finger Foods Buffet (Wings, Sliders, Etc)
  • Midnight Toast

Be sure to wear your best dancing shoes because–we won’t be doing this often, but–we’re transforming the production brewery into a full-fledged dance party, and we’re keeping this LIMITED TO JUST 125 PEOPLE–meaning you’ll have plenty of room to bust out your best moves.

Tickets are SUPER limited, so don’t delay! Round up your friends and make those plans. It will be the best decision you make in 2017. Cheers to New Year’s!

*Liquor and Cocktails available for purchase at bar
**ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE 21+ YEARS OLD**

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New Brew: Ned

Accustomed to a land-locked existence, Ned finds itself in uncharted territory–with the hop punch of an IPA and the clean crisp finish of a lager. Sorachi Ace, El Dorado, ID007, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops bring a unique perspective and fresh outlook to the team while Vienna Malt provides the backing for your hoppy adventure.

DEEP SEARCH STATS


STYLE: India Pale Lager
ABV: 5.5%   IBU: 40
HOPS: SORACHI ACE, EL DORADO, ID007, MOSAIC, GALAXY
MALTS: 2 ROW, VIENNA,CARAMEL
AVAILABILITY: LIMITED
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

People Behind the Pint: Jackie Kemble

Jackie Kemble is the gift that keeps on giving! In her role as Land-Grant’s Community Partnership Manager, Jackie spends a lot of time listening to the needs of our neighbors and the community at large, and makes sure to give back to the best of Land-Grant’s ability. Jackie is as smart as she is generous–so, pop into the brewery on any given Sunday and pick her brain on every topic from philanthropy to Cicerone Certification. Cheers to Jackie!

Name: Jackie Kemble
Position: Community Partnership Manager

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I’ve been here for a little over 2 years!

What is it you do here?
Here at Land-Grant, I steward our philanthropic giving and community engagement. I’m lucky to be able to work with a lot of amazing organizations. I listen to people in our neighborhood and community about the different issues that affect them, and work with individuals and organizations to see how we can assist them. I also coordinate our Community Happy Hours, which are days that we open the taproom (Mondays through Wednesdays) to nonprofit initiatives under the tiers of Education, Community Building and Sustainability. We give groups dedicated, cost-free space to educate people about their initiatives, and then donate up to 20% of the proceeds from the evening to their cause. I have the best job here (I think so, anyways).

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
My favorite aspect of my job is meeting so many people who do amazing things in my hometown. I love Columbus – I grew up here, went to OSU and have worked here ever since. It’s an amazing city, and that’s because of all of the amazing people that work and live here. From the community initiatives to the Columbus Crew (#SaveTheCrew!), there are always people willing to listen, work hard and lend their collaborative spirit to get things done. Also, beer. I’m Cicerone Beer Server Certified and this place is a like playground for beer nerds and domestic lovers alike.

You have had the privilege of working with a lot of amazing non-profits/community groups, what have been some of your most rewarding community collaborations?
I would have to say that the work we do with Pelotonia is extremely rewarding. We’ve donated over $20,000 in our three short years to an issue that seemingly affects everyone – whether it’s you or someone you love. If I had to pick one thing though, it would be working in Franklinton. All of the passionate people that make this neighborhood great by waking up every day and serving the community – they’re the best. We’ve donated the outside sales from our Anniversary Party to Franklinton Gardens (now Franklinton Farms) for the last 2 years, and the direct community impact that they provide is almost immeasurable. In fact, Franklinton Farms is one of the sole providers of fresh produce to low-income communities like Franklinton. We are so proud to work with them.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
That’s a toss-up between Friday and Sunday. Friday because everyone is so happy to be here – they’re not at work, they get to eat Ray Ray’s Barbecue, we almost always have something new on tap, and our bartenders are hands-down the nicest, most knowledgable bar staff in Columbus. It’s the best place to start your weekend!

Personally though, I love Sunday. This is a perfect spot to have a lazy Sunday afternoon beer with (more!) Ray Ray’s. We see people in here playing cards or board games, catching up with friends or watching football. The vibe is so relaxed, but still fun. It’s really nice to want to hang out where you work – you’ll see a lot of us in here even though we don’t have to be.

Want to catch up on our previous ‘People behind the Pint’ entries? You can do just that right here.

Land-Grant Welcomes Ray Ray’s to Franklinton

We, along with our good friends, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, are excited to announce that we are partnering up to offer Ray Ray’s BBQ as our anchor food truck at our Franklinton taproom. In order to give you more opportunity to pair their award winning barbecue with our tasty craft beer, we’ll be extending our taproom hours and opening up at 11:30 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Beginning on Saturday, November 11th, Ray Ray’s will be Land-Grant’s dedicated foodtruck from Thursday through Sunday. Land-Grant will now open at 11:30 am on these days, offering both lunch and dinner services. All of your Ray Ray’s favorites will be on the menu, including smoked ribs, jerk chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork, and more! Plus, Ray Ray’s will be rolling out some new, delicious specials that will be exclusive to their Land-Grant location. Beyond sitdown lunch and dinner services, Ray Ray’s and Land-Grant will accommodate carry out customers, party platter preparation, as well as catering services for events taking place in the taproom. A complete menu is available below.

Land-Grant will be home to Ray Ray’s third location. Ray Ray’s Owner, James Anderson, also operates a foodtruck in Clintonville, and a walk-up window in Westerville. “I’m really excited to cook and serve my food down in Franklinton, right beside the best craft beer,” says Ray Ray’s Owner, James Anderson. “I love being part of the growth in such a cool part of town, and I feel at home here.”

“I have been a fan of Ray Ray’s since the food truck first pulled up in Clintonville,” says Land-Grant President, Adam Benner, “so, adding a hog pit to our taproom is pretty surreal and we feel very, very honored. I’ve always said that Barbecue is my favorite food group, and strongly believe Land-Grant will be a great home for Ray Ray’s.” 

We’ll be hosting a Grand Opening celebration to welcome Ray Ray’s on November 11th and, just One week later, on Friday, November 17th, Ray Ray’s will be featured on the Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Land-Grant and Ray Ray’s will be hosting a watch party at the taproom, from 6-10pm. The show will air at 9 pm and the Ray Ray’s buffet will be served from 7-9 pm. The event is ticketed and will cost $5 with proceeds benefiting Franklinton Gardens.Tickets can be purchased in the coming days via Ray Ray’s Facebook Page.

Our hours and foodtruck schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday will remain the same. Monday’s are open for ordering-in/carry-in until our popular Euchre League in the winter, with Sunnyside Tacos set to return in the spring.

GRAND OPENING


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 11:30 am

RAY RAY’S HOURS (BEGINNING 11/11)


THURSDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
FRIDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SATURDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SUNDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm

TAPROOM HOURS (BEGINNING 11/11)


MONDAY: 3:30pm-10:00pm
TUESDAY: 3:30pm-10:00pm
WEDNESDAY: 3:30pm-8:00pm
THURSDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
FRIDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SATURDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SUNDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm

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Ray Ray's Land-Grant Menu

People Behind the Pint: Mark Richards

Meet Mark, a (self-proclaimed) big-time extrovert, Judas Priest superfan, and bearded hero. If you’ve stopped in Land-Grant before, you have probably crossed paths with Mark, shared an “Oh sure” and a pint, and become life-long friends. And, you can thank Mark, our Director of Operations, for keeping the beer in your glass, on the shelf, and in your fridge! That’s a truuuuuuuue story!

Name: Mark Richards
Position: Director of Operations

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
3 years in January! I started just after Land-Grant opened when outside sales were enough to need someone driving keg distribution and helping out in the brewery. As we have grown as a company, I have had the opportunity to wear many hats – some of which I still have on! It has been very exciting being a part of our rapid growth in the past 3 years. I consider everyone I have the pleasure of working with a friend. Being a part of the local brewing community I love has been a dream come true.

What is it you do here?
I get to do a little bit of everything from managing day to day operations in the brewery and distribution logistics to taking care of our customers and stadium accounts. There is never enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want but I like to stay busy and make any contribution needed for our business. I enjoy working with others and get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing others within our company succeed.

We are headed into the holiday season, which means holiday beers! What brew do you look forward to this time of year?
I think it’s awesome that our “holiday seasonal” is an oatmeal stout with raisins. Beard Crumbs Oatmeal Raisin Stout is a fantastic beer and has gathered quite a following. Christmas beers jam packed with mulling spices, ginger, cinnamon and the like have become a turnoff to me (and a lot of craft beer consumers), so Beard Crumbs is a perfect choice. It’s an all-around great oatmeal stout with a touch of sweetness from the raisins.
 
My taste interests are predominantly driven by the time of year. As winter solstice approaches, shorter and darker days call for darker beers and styles like doppelbocks, porters and stouts. One of my favorites I look forward to is our Deep Search Baltic Porter. Baltic Porters were always a favorite of mine to brew during my homebrewing days. One version I brewed with my homebrewing friends, A.J. Zanyk and Hans Gorsuch, was a split 15-gallon batch fermented by different yeasts–it was awarded Best In Show at the Ohio State Fair in 2001!

Here at LG, we clearly take our beards very seriously. What qualities do you look for in a beard?
Aside from the benefit that it sure beats shaving, a full beard is my choice.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
Beer release days bring out a lot of taproom regulars and friends of both myself and the brewery. It is a lot of fun seeing people come out and enjoy the products we work so hard to produce. There’s nothing better than visiting with others over a pint and discussing what you find interesting about what you are tasting.

As far as day of the week goes, I really enjoy Monday night in our taproom during our 10-week Land-Grant Euchre League. Euchre will be coming up in January, which will be here before we know it!

I’m a people person–big time–and most recently our Third Anniversary Party was an absolute blast. It was great to see all the hard work, planning, and organizing pay off, and to enjoy the party with our staff, customers and friends. It’s been an extrovert’s delight each year and I love seeing everyone having such a good time. It is hard with such a large turnout to spend enough quality time with everyone, but I sure try.

Want to catch up on our previous ‘People behind the Pint’ entries? You can do just that right here.

Land-Grant Third Anniversary Recap

A huge and hardy THANK YOU is in order to all of the amazing people who came together to make yesterday an incredible success.

The amazing bands that kept us moving… Our own Nik Heidel, Lisa Bella Donna Jazz Quintet, Yellow Paper Planes, Mungbean, Souther, Parker Louis and his amazing band, Osage, and the totally badass Land-Grant Super Jamble!

Our tasty food trucks…Aromaku, Sophie’s Perogies, Oh! Burgers, and PorKetta. The coffee that kept us going from Stauf’s!

The guest breweries that brought some inspiring beers to pour from the famous Daily Growler truck: Actual, Barley’s, Brewdog, Four String, Little Fish, North High, Platform, Pretentious, Rhinegeist, Seventh Son, Sideswipe, and Wolf’s Ridge!

Our incredible staff for pulling together an amazing variety of beers, and for putting in some crazy hours to make yesterday happen. You guys are amazing.

Cheers to Upright Press for bringing the live screen printing to the party, Eric and Todd for that bonkers projection on our grain silo.

Last but certainly not least you fine folks that volunteered your precious weekend time to pour beers, check IDs, and help us pull this thing off. We could not have done it without ya.

One last cheers to #LGTHREE, let’s do this again next year. Check out some photos from the day here, and you can see the full photo-set over on our Facebook page.

People Behind the Pint: Quintin Jessee

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.

3rd Anniversary Band Lineup Announcement!

Our 3rd Anniversary Party is going down in just a little over a month. Today, we’re excited to announce the music lineup for the action packed day. We’ve assembled a fun and diverse schedule of tunes that should keep your toes tapping as you sample our HUGE list of Land-Grant and guest beers (more on that in the coming weeks). It All culminates in the Land-Grant Super Jamble, an all-inclusive jam hosted by the über funky Osage and featuring members from the day’s other acts. Get all the details for the party on the Anniversary page, or the Facebook event. See you on 10/21!

PARTY DETAILS


DATE: Saturday, October 21 2017
TIME: Noon-Midnight
ADMISSION: Free!

MUSIC SCHEDULE


3:00 pm: Nik Heidel
4:00 pm: Lisa Bella Donna Jazz Quintet
5:00 pm: Yellow Paper Planes
6:00 pm: Mungbean
7:00pm: Souther
8:00 pm: Parker Louis
9:00 pm: Osage
10:00 pm: The Land-Grant Super Jamble hosted by Osage