A new blog feature is a little section we’ve dubbed, “People Behind the Pint,” where we take the opportunity to highlight the incredible folks here at Land-Grant. For the debut, we sat down with our very talented Taproom Manager, Lauren Benner, to learn more about her role at Land-Grant as well as how you can secure private events with us this spring and summer season.
Name: Lauren Benner
Position: Strategic Operations Manager
How long have you been at Land-Grant?
Since 2007 when the very first batch of Land-Grant beer was brewed in a small coach house on the west side of Chicago. — Full disclosure, we should mention she’s married to Founder & President, Adam Benner —
What is it you do here?
I wear a lot of hats on a daily basis, but spend most of my time coordinating the happenings within the Taproom. It’s often working with our bar staff on the latest beer launch, corresponding with event requests as well as setting up the taproom space for our private gatherings.
The experience in our taproom is the reflection of our entire business and brand. We want customers who have never tried craft beer to those looking to try our unique batches to all feel comfortable and welcomed in our taproom. It’s a place of community. Our bar staff are all Cicerone Certified Beer Servers, so they can walk customers through our menu, similar to an experience at a winery, and recommend a beer for their specific tastes.
Watching the game is also a huge attraction at the Taproom, isn’t it?
Absolutely! Both of our owners are Ohio natives, and graduated from Ohio State, so Ohio sports are in our DNA. Customers can view Buckeyes, Crew SC, Cavs, CBJ, Indians and Browns’ games regularly with audio. We noticed this winter there were a couple of seats that didn’t have the best tv viewing, so we added an additional three tvs and upgraded our audio a few weeks ago, which means there isn’t a seat inside that doesn’t allow for a great viewing experience.
The food truck schedule this spring is also not to miss, including weekly rotating trucks that have won awards such as Aromaku, one of the “Top 100 places to eat in Columbus” and Ajumama, a Columbus Business First Top 10 Food Truck. We’ll also be adding some exciting guest appearances from Columbus favorites like the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream cart throughout the season this year.
You mentioned events at the Taproom, can you elaborate?
Our taproom can accommodate groups of all sizes looking to celebrate, educate, or raise funds for many purposes. The space is great for large groups. Our open atmosphere and community tables are great for mingling and hanging out. Spring and summer are great seasons for events, given our space extends to the outdoor patio in warmer months. This year we are again huge supporters of Pelotonia, and host rider happy hours on Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays. We’re also again launching our Pelotonia supporter beer, One Goal, One Rye’d, later this summer. The 24 ft. communal tables can be reserved in advance as well as our more private Kickstarter Room that can accommodate groups of up to 25.
What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
Mondays and Tuesdays are seriously. The. Best. To me, you get the best of a taproom experience on those days. We have some of the greatest staff in the city, and guests get a chance to get to really get to know them. Belly up at the bar and you’ll get a true 1:1 experience to meet and chat with our staff as well as sample any/all beers on the menu.