Archive | May, 2017

Sustainability at Land-Grant

Brewing beer requires large amounts of energy, agricultural ingredients, packaging material, water, and labor all to ferment and be poured in a single glass. We get hops, malts, and barley from all over the country and the world; boiling and cooling a single batch is incredibly energy intensive; at times a single barrel of beer can require up to six or seven barrels of water to make. If sustainability is best defined as meeting the needs of the present without preventing future generations from meeting their own needs, then brewing without caution to resources can be pretty unsustainable. So we asked ourselves how can we be become a better and more sustainable member of Columbus and the craft brewing industry.

From the beginning, instilling sustainable practices within the Land-Grant business model was something we wanted to do. But in the madness of launching and the small staff with which we started, a focus sustainability took a back seat to existing. Two years and thirty staff members later, we were able to begin focusing in earnest on becoming as sustainable as possible.

The diverse economy of brewing allows us to pursue many different facets of sustainability in our business: energy efficiency, water stewardship, supply chain management, waste management, wastewater diversion, etc. While becoming sustainable will require technological upgrades to our brewhouse and building, it will also require deep community partnerships and an engaged staff.

At the beginning of our third year, we surveyed our staff to find what they thought were the most important environmental changes we could affect as a company. We then aggregated these results, and came up with four major pillars of our new sustainability initiatives:

  1. MITIGATION OF LIFE CYCLE IMPACT
  2. REDUCTION OF CARBON FOOTPRINT
  3. WATER STEWARDSHIP
  4. DEEP COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

These pillars, and the initiatives within them, reflect the common themes that we seek to address in our sustainability program: reduction of greenhouse gases, closing loops, minimizing waste, decreasing our water use, removing our brewing byproduct from our wastewater, lowering the impact of our supply chain, and partnering with different farmers and environmental organizations throughout Columbus and Ohio to make a healthier, better, cleaner world.

We’ve set some aggressive goals for ourselves over the next three years, aiming to greatly reduce our impact, our waste, our emissions and become one of the most-sustainable breweries our size in the midwest. But with enough time, a caring staff, and neighbors we can rely on, we’ll be able to pull it off.

Check out our new sustainability page to learn more about the initiatives we’ve launched in 2017 and check back in the coming months as we get more programs up and running.

New Brew: Damn Good Cup of Coffee

That beer you like is going to come back in style…

The big, majestic Douglas Fir forests of the Pacific Northwest conceal many things: owls that aren’t what they seem, supernatural intrigue, a lodge or two, delicious hops, and damn good coffee. This limited release Coffee IPA celebrates the return to the Great Northern by combining Pacific Gem, Cascade, and Citra hops from the region with locally roasted coffee from Bacca. The result is an aromatic beer that will leave you looking below the surface and beyond this realm.

D.G.C.o.C. STATS


STYLE: COFFEE IPA
ABV: 7.8%   IBU: 42
HOPS: PACIFIC GEM, CASCADE, ID7, CITRA
MALTS: 2 ROW, GOLDEN PROMISE, DEXTROSE, FLAKED OATS
INGREDIENTS: HARICHA COFFEE from BACCA COFFEE
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: GOBLET

New Brew: Caber

Scots are a traditional folk. Some of their traditions have taken root around the world (see: golf, scotch), and some fly under the radar but are none-the-less distinct. The Caber Toss and the Wee Heavy, both undeniable feets of strenght are two such customs. Tossing an 20 foot log in the air is no small feat, neither is brewing a powerful malt-forward beer like a wee heavy. Our take on this traditional style was brewed with aging in mind—you’ll find quite a few barrels aging on oak in the brewery—and when enjoyed fresh brings a balanced smooth flavor with notes of dates and toffee.

CABER STATS


STYLE: WEE HEAVY
ABV: 8.5%   IBU: 21
HOPS: GOLDINGS, BREWER’S GOLD
MALTS: PALE, MUNICH, CRYSTAL, CASTLE CHATEU SPECIAL B
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: BELGIAN

New Brew: Hallertau Blanc 1862

A variation on one of our staples, the 1862 Ale, Hallertau Blanc 1862 swaps out Cascade for Hallertau Blanc in the dry-hop giving the beer a white wine-esque bouquet and a super clean finish. This refreshingly crisp beer is the second in a series of limited variants on our Kölsch, so drink it up while you can.

HALLERTAU BLANC 1862 STATS


STYLE: DRY HOPPED KÖLSCH
ABV: 4.9%   IBU: 24
HOPS: PERLE, TETTNANG, HALLERTAU BLANC
MALTS: 2 ROW, RED WHEAT
SEASON: LIMITED
CONTAINER: KEGS
GLASS: STANGE

New Brew: Mr. Balloonhands

Who is this guy? A surreally sessionable wheat ale, that drinks like boozy lemonade. This limited release beer was brewed using a kettle souring technique, utilizing lactobacillus to achieve it’s unique tart flavor. It’s the perfect beer for for drinking out of cups on the patio, and blends nicely with our raspberry and Galaxy hop flavored syrups. All said, this beer’s got it going bossa nova. Get real.

MR. BALLOONHANDS STATS


STYLE: BERLINER WEISSE
ABV: 4.0%   IBU: 9
HOPS: TETTNANG
MALTS: PILSEN, WHEAT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: GOBLET

New Brew: Urban Sombrero

Combining the spirit of Old Mexico with a little big city panache, Urban Sombrero is a cover-worthy Mexican Style Lager brewed for early summer sipping. Liberty hops provide a floral bouquet and hint of spice to this classic brew. Best enjoyed ice cold in the shade on a hot day, no lime necessary. Vaya con Dios.

URBAN SOMBRERO STATS


STYLE: MEXICAN LAGER
ABV: 5.7%   IBU: 18
HOPS: LIBERTY
MALTS: PILSEN, GOLDPILS VIENNA, FLAKED CORN
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT