Archive | August, 2017

New Brew: Stoppage Time

The second installment in our Supporter Series combines Boulevard’s Cauldron-approved sporting saison with our Nordecke-inspired Glory American Wheat to create this Missouri oak-aged hoppy saison is brewed with Ohio spelt and honey from the Stratford Ecological Center as well as Citra, Lemondrop, Magnum, and Mandarina Bavaria hops for a citrusy, spicy, and refreshing brew.

STOPPAGE TIME STATS


STYLE: OAK AGED HOPPY SAISON
ABV: 5.5%   IBU: 29
HOPS: CITRA, LEMONDROP, MAGNUM, MANDARINA BAVARIA
MALTS: DINGERMAN PILSEN, OHIO SPELT, OHIO HONEY
PACKAGE: KEGS / CANS
GLASS: BELGIAN

New Brew: Endless Patio

Your un-ending quest for summertime bliss has found you, in this moment, here in Columbus, Ohio. You kick your feet up, feel the warm sun on your face, and allow the spicy floral saison experience to wash over you. Brewed with Ohio spelt, this light-bodied brew, with powerfully herbal aromatics, will let you chase Nirvana long after the sun has set.

ENDLESS PATIO STATS


STYLE: PETITE SAISON
ABV: 5.0%   IBU: 12
HOPS: ARAMIS
MALTS: PILSAEN, OHIO SPELT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: BELGIAN

People Behind the Pint: Justin Reik

This month, we sat down with Justin Reik, one of Land-Grant’s four brewers. We learned more about his love of teamwork, Goodfellas, homebrewing, and infusion beers.

Name: Justin Reik
Position: Brewer

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
My first shift was actually bar-backing the first and only Land-Grant New Years Eve Party on December 31, 2014. I was baptized by fire that night. After surviving some more crazy nights behind the bar, I began to pester the higher ups about the potential of helping out in the brewery. This persistent badgering continued for a few months before I was finally able to secure a spot as a Brewer’s Assistant in June of 2015.

What is it you do here?
I am trying very hard not to quote Office Space here.

First and foremost, I am one of the now four people at Land-Grant Brewing Company that brews the suds you are (hopefully) holding in your hand. Though that may seem like an illustrious thing to say, the amount of glorified janitorial work required to be a brewer makes sure to humble me a little bit each and everyday. It is said that being a brewer is 95% cleaning, which is not necessarily false.

Other than scrubbing various surfaces, I also create a majority of the infusions that get tapped in our taproom. When I began homebrewing in college, I decided I never wanted to brew anything that I could buy in stores because chances are, the guys at Sierra Nevada are brewing a better Pale Ale than I ever could. This decision has led me to where I am now; on a constant search for brand new (but most importantly, delicious) flavor combinations.

With all of the new collaborations coming out, could you touch upon the process of collaborative beers?
The craft beer community has grown a reputation all over the country for being very generous and collaborative through their willingness to share knowledge, processes, and even something as simple as ingredients with each other. To further strengthen the kinship of the craft brewing community it is not unusual for two or more breweries to collaborate on a batch of beer–much like how a homebrewer would with a friend on a homebrew recipe. These projects tend to be brewed for a specific purpose, whether that is to celebrate a special occasion, to experiment with new techniques and ingredients, to benefit a charity, and so on. For example, our Supporter Series beers are brewed in collaboration with Boulevard Brewing Company and Peticolas Brewing Company in celebration of the upcoming Crew SC matches against two of the original 10 MLS squads: Sporting KC and FC Dallas respectively.

Each and every collaboration we have done has come about in a different manner, so there is really no conventional process for the creation of these beers. Some collaborations require months of planning, others require a DVD of Goodfellas, a couple of pizzas, and a lazy weekday afternoon (see our Hoof Hearted collab, ‘Totes Liotes‘). Sometimes there is really no rhyme or reason for a collaborative beer other than a mere funny name idea shared between two friends from two different breweries evolving into a product on tap (see our collab with Seventh Son, ‘Sports and Jorts‘). 

These beers are wonderful for us on the brew team because they give insight into how other breweries operate on a day-to-day basis. It is easy to get caught up in the same cycle of procedures of your own brewery, so witnessing how another brew team functions is an incredibly helpful resource. At the end of each and every one of these collaborations there is always a fulfilling sense of accomplishment, as we are strengthening the brewing community, learning from each other’s techniques and procedures, and experimenting with new and outlandish ingredients–all while creating super tasty beers!


Justin “collaborating” with Seventh Son’s brewery cat, Assistant Manager

We’ve heard rumblings of a new Pilot Brewhouse–can you confirm the rumors?
The rumors are true–we ended up purchasing a new pilot brewhouse earlier this year that will allow us to brew smaller and more eclectic batches of beer to fill up the board in the taproom. Think of it as our own little in-house Research & Development brewery; a system that will give us the opportunity to brew a tiny test batch of a beer before we “go all in” on a recipe and brew 80 barrels (2,480 gallons) of it. Being a person of the more creative/outlandish persuasion, I am jumping at the bit to be able to start brewing some interesting recipes that we may not have had the confidence to brew on our larger system.

Though we are still in the planning stages, the initial idea for this new system would be for each brewer to have his own designated tap in the taproom that they would have to keep filled with a batch brewed on this brewhouse. This will allow patrons to gain more insight into the types of beers that each of us enjoy brewing/drinking, which is a really neat personal touch that you cannot find at the majority of craft breweries around the country.

Introducing the Land-Grant Supporter Series

Today Land-Brewing Company we’re very excited to announce the launch of our Supporter Series line of collaboration beers, a project that grew out of its partnership with, and support for, Columbus Crew SC. The Supporter Series teams Land-Grant up with world class breweries from around the country that are closely aligned with their home-town MLS clubs. The series launches with an American Pale Ale brewed for Columbus’ match against Dallas with Texas brewery, Peticolas Brewing, and continues with a Hoppy Saison brewed with Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company.

“We created Glory American Wheat—and subsequently, For Columbus Black Lager—as beers brewed specifically for Columbus supporters and their pre and mid-match rituals.” says Land-Grant Co-Founder and President, Adam Benner,“ We knew that we weren’t the only brewery out there with a passion for soccer, and thought it could be fun to bring rival sides together over well crafted beer.”

Brewed to commemorate Columbus’ August 26th match against Dallas, Matchday Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale that combines one of Peticolas’ signature hop bills with one of Land-Grant’s. “This is a massive day for us. Soccer runs throughout our veins,” says Michael Peticolas of Peticolas Brewing Company, “We’ve supported FC Dallas for years and regularly host FC Dallas supporter group tailgates, but nothing beats being able to finally enjoy one of our beers while watching the local club on the pitch.”

The second brew in the series, created for Crew SC’s September 10th match against Kansas City, combines Land-Grant’s supporter beer, Glory American Wheat, with Boulevard’s popular Sporting Saison to create Stoppage Time Hoppy Saison. This beer is a spicy refreshing Saison aged on Missouri Oak and brewed with Ohio Spelt and Honey. “We’ve had a wonderful partnership with Sporting Kansas City over the past few years,” says Boulevard’s Brewmaster, Steven Pauwels, “including the creation of Sporting Saison back in 2015. This seemed like a prime opportunity to take that connection to a new level, and further strengthen those ties between MLS and craft beer. We’re excited to work with Land-Grant and share Stoppage Time with Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew SC fans alike.”

Both beers will be available in cans and on draft. Matchday American Pale Ale (Peticolas) will launch in the Land-Grant taproom on Wednesday, August 9 and Stoppage Time Hoppy Saison (Boulevard) will debut on Sunday, August 27. The collaborations will also be available at events leading up to the matches as well as at Mapfre Stadium on the respective matchdays. Both beers will retail for $9.99 per six pack.

New Brew: For Columbus

When we invited the dedicated supporters of Columbus Crew SC to our taproom to taste-test the beer that would become Glory, this deceptive dark brew finished just shy of the top of the table. Despite its dark complexion, For Columbus Black Lager drinks super smooth and easy with just the subtlest touch of roast, making it the perfect beer for a late summer night-match.

FOR COLUMBUS STATS


STYLE: BLACK LAGER
ABV: 4.6%   IBU: 22
HOPS: CHINOOK, NORTHERN BREWER, TETTNANG
MALTS: MUNICH, WEYERMAN PILSNER, DARK MUNICH, CARAFA II, MIDNIGHT WHEAT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Collaboration Brew: Sports + Jorts

Sports + Jorts are Goses brewed in two collaborative sessions with our friends at Seventh Son Brewing Company. Each batch (one brewed at 7S, one at LG) followed the exact same recipe and processes but utilized different fruit additions at each location. Nods to a couple of our favorite non-alcoholic refreshments, Land-Grant used Lemon and Lime while Seventh Son infused their rendition with Guava and Passionfruit. These tart and salty brews are best tasted side by side, to highlight the two beers similarities and differences.

SPORTS STATS


STYLE: GOSE with LEMON and LIME
ABV: 4.3%   IBU: 9
COLLABORATOR SEVENTH SON BREWING COMPANY
HOPS: TETTNANG
MALTS: PILSEN, RED WHEAT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT