Archive | June, 2017

People Behind the Pint: Vinny Valentino

This month, we sat down with Vinny Valentino, Land-Grant's official environmental enthusiast and Sustainability Manager. We learned more about the role he developed at Land-Grant, as well as his ambitions for zero waste and the initiatives he is cultivating to meet those goals.

Name: Vinny Valentino
Position: Sustainability Manager

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I started as a part-time bartender in the middle of March 2016. I pitched the Sustainability Manager position that Fall and began in that position in the middle of November 2016.

What is it you do here?
I design, implement, and manage our various sustainability initiatives focused on reducing the environmental impact in our operations and our supply chain. To better measure and manage these efforts, the sustainability program is split into four pillars:

Within each of these pillars are various projects that I implement and manage (such as energy efficiency, water use management, etc.), although the Community Partnerships are handled by our Outreach Coordinator, Jackie Kemble. That being said, some projects, such as zero waste programming for large events or diversion of our brewing byproduct, require working and partnering with various farms and agricultural groups around Columbus and Ohio. I manage these partnerships.

What exactly does “Mitigation of Life Cycle Impact” entail?
It’s a bit of a catch all. The “life cycle” of craft beer starts at the farms where we source the hops and grains that go into our beer, as well as the facilities we pull our malts from. Malting is a very energy intensive process, so we want to know how our suppliers source their energy. Then these ingredients are shipped here, so what kind of vehicles do our suppliers use? Large amounts of water, energy, and labor are required to turn those ingredients into our beer, which in turn is canned or kegged and sent to bars, restaurants, carry-outs, grocery stores, and stadiums throughout Central Ohio. That is our beer’s life cycle.

So, mitigating this means finding and creating initiatives that reduce our environmental impact throughout that entire cycle. In it’s infancy, our program is focusing on immediate steps we can take in our operations, but I’ve begun researching what we can do upstream and downstream from our brewery.

What’s next for sustainability at Land-Grant?
I’ve started talking to various farms around the Columbus area about how they might be able to use our brewing byproduct (spent grain, spent yeast, and trub) for their crops and animals. Right now we’re working with St. Stephen’s Community Center in Linden and Hoffman Farms in Hilliard, though I’d like to get a handful more involved so we can get most, if not all, of our byproduct out of our wastewater stream. That’d be a great step forward if we can do so by the end of the year.

I also just went through an energy audit of the whole building and there’s a lot of impactful first steps we can take to reduce the amount of energy we’re using throughout a brew day. And we just had our first zero waste event for the Homage x Land-Grant All-American BBQ where we had a 72.7% diversion rate. While it wasn’t quite zero waste, we did divert over 400 pounds from the landfill and learned a lot about how to be better next time (stay tuned for our Three-Year Anniversary party!).

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
I’m a fan of Thursday’s. Ajumama makes some delicious Korean street food and Nik is usually behind the bar, which means his fantastic playlist is probably on. For fans of kimchi and alt-folk rock, I definitely recommend Thursday.

Homage x Land-Grant All-American BBQ Photos

This past Saturday, we through a massive BBQ cdelebration to launch our HOMAGE collaboration beer, All-American Pale Ale. Ray Ray’s and Oh! Burgers were on the grills. Colin Mills, Osage, Old Middle Modern, Montezuma, and Doc Robinson provided the soundtrack. Bacca Coffee kept us caffeinated, and SOW Movement helped us clean up responsibly. Check out some photos from the day here, and head over to our Facebook page for the full album.

New Brew: Can Opener

Can Opener, Pool Party’s rowdy big brother, is an Imperial Pilsner ready to make a splash. Brewed with flaked corn to up the ante, it dives in with aromas of fresh cut flowers and citrus, and comes up for air with a spicy/black pepper finish. It’s a strong summer brew that’s guaranteed to get everyone in the deep end.

CAN OPENER STATS


STYLE: IMPERIAL PILSNER
ABV: 7.5%   IBU: 44
HOPS: TETTNANG, SAAZ, CENTENNIAL
MALTS: PILSEN, FLAKED CORN
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: GOBLET

New Brew: All American Pale

There are few patriotic pairs as perfect as stars and stripes, hops and barley, hamburgers and hotdogs, pools and parties… But, falling seamlessly in line with these iconic duos is the All-American mashup of Homage and Land-Grant. This collaborative Pale Ale combines Columbus, Ekuanot, Cashmere, and Comet hops for an herbaceous and citrusy beer that’s right at home in the backyard or the ballpark.

ALL AMERICAN STATS


STYLE: PALE ALE
ABV: 6.1%   IBU: 27
HOPS: COLUMBUS, EKUANOT, CASHMERE, COMET
MALTS: 2 ROW, CARACRYSTAL WHEAT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Brew: Bandwagon

For those seeking fruit hop satisfaction, Bandwagon Northeast IPA provides instant gratification. Brewed with the finest top-tier hops available, El Dorado and Columbus provide peerless juicy hop flavor and aroma all the while providing lighter bitterness and balanced texture. With a cloudy complexion, you may be skeptical, but jump on board and this beer will take you to the promised land.

BANDWAGON STATS


STYLE: NORTHEAST IPA
ABV: 6.1%   IBU: 44
HOPS: CITRA, SUMMIT, HUELL MELON
MALTS: 2 ROW, FLAKED OATS, HONEY MALT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Brew: That Was EZ

Sometimes things just fall into place. This German style Zwickelbier is brewed in the traditional fashion, producing a malt forward, bready, hazy beer with a fruity aroma. Named for the Zwickel—the port on a fermentor that allows our brewers to taste the beer along the way—this beer is naturally carbonated giving it a smooth, creamy, dare we say…easy finish.

THAT WAS EZ STATS


STYLE: ZWICKELBIER
ABV: 5.7%   IBU: 30
HOPS: TETTNANG, GERMAN TRADITION
MALTS: SWAEN ALE, MUNICH, CASTLE CHATEAU BISCUIT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT