Archive | October, 2017

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.

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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.