Archive | November, 2017

People Behind the Pint: Jackie Kemble

Jackie Kemble is the gift that keeps on giving! In her role as Land-Grant’s Community Partnership Manager, Jackie spends a lot of time listening to the needs of our neighbors and the community at large, and makes sure to give back to the best of Land-Grant’s ability. Jackie is as smart as she is generous–so, pop into the brewery on any given Sunday and pick her brain on every topic from philanthropy to Cicerone Certification. Cheers to Jackie!

Name: Jackie Kemble
Position: Community Partnership Manager

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I’ve been here for a little over 2 years!

What is it you do here?
Here at Land-Grant, I steward our philanthropic giving and community engagement. I’m lucky to be able to work with a lot of amazing organizations. I listen to people in our neighborhood and community about the different issues that affect them, and work with individuals and organizations to see how we can assist them. I also coordinate our Community Happy Hours, which are days that we open the taproom (Mondays through Wednesdays) to nonprofit initiatives under the tiers of Education, Community Building and Sustainability. We give groups dedicated, cost-free space to educate people about their initiatives, and then donate up to 20% of the proceeds from the evening to their cause. I have the best job here (I think so, anyways).

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
My favorite aspect of my job is meeting so many people who do amazing things in my hometown. I love Columbus – I grew up here, went to OSU and have worked here ever since. It’s an amazing city, and that’s because of all of the amazing people that work and live here. From the community initiatives to the Columbus Crew (#SaveTheCrew!), there are always people willing to listen, work hard and lend their collaborative spirit to get things done. Also, beer. I’m Cicerone Beer Server Certified and this place is a like playground for beer nerds and domestic lovers alike.

You have had the privilege of working with a lot of amazing non-profits/community groups, what have been some of your most rewarding community collaborations?
I would have to say that the work we do with Pelotonia is extremely rewarding. We’ve donated over $20,000 in our three short years to an issue that seemingly affects everyone – whether it’s you or someone you love. If I had to pick one thing though, it would be working in Franklinton. All of the passionate people that make this neighborhood great by waking up every day and serving the community – they’re the best. We’ve donated the outside sales from our Anniversary Party to Franklinton Gardens (now Franklinton Farms) for the last 2 years, and the direct community impact that they provide is almost immeasurable. In fact, Franklinton Farms is one of the sole providers of fresh produce to low-income communities like Franklinton. We are so proud to work with them.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
That’s a toss-up between Friday and Sunday. Friday because everyone is so happy to be here – they’re not at work, they get to eat Ray Ray’s Barbecue, we almost always have something new on tap, and our bartenders are hands-down the nicest, most knowledgable bar staff in Columbus. It’s the best place to start your weekend!

Personally though, I love Sunday. This is a perfect spot to have a lazy Sunday afternoon beer with (more!) Ray Ray’s. We see people in here playing cards or board games, catching up with friends or watching football. The vibe is so relaxed, but still fun. It’s really nice to want to hang out where you work – you’ll see a lot of us in here even though we don’t have to be.

Want to catch up on our previous ‘People behind the Pint’ entries? You can do just that right here.

Land-Grant Welcomes Ray Ray’s to Franklinton

We, along with our good friends, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, are excited to announce that we are partnering up to offer Ray Ray’s BBQ as our anchor food truck at our Franklinton taproom. In order to give you more opportunity to pair their award winning barbecue with our tasty craft beer, we’ll be extending our taproom hours and opening up at 11:30 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Beginning on Saturday, November 11th, Ray Ray’s will be Land-Grant’s dedicated foodtruck from Thursday through Sunday. Land-Grant will now open at 11:30 am on these days, offering both lunch and dinner services. All of your Ray Ray’s favorites will be on the menu, including smoked ribs, jerk chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork, and more! Plus, Ray Ray’s will be rolling out some new, delicious specials that will be exclusive to their Land-Grant location. Beyond sitdown lunch and dinner services, Ray Ray’s and Land-Grant will accommodate carry out customers, party platter preparation, as well as catering services for events taking place in the taproom. A complete menu is available below.

Land-Grant will be home to Ray Ray’s third location. Ray Ray’s Owner, James Anderson, also operates a foodtruck in Clintonville, and a walk-up window in Westerville. “I’m really excited to cook and serve my food down in Franklinton, right beside the best craft beer,” says Ray Ray’s Owner, James Anderson. “I love being part of the growth in such a cool part of town, and I feel at home here.”

“I have been a fan of Ray Ray’s since the food truck first pulled up in Clintonville,” says Land-Grant President, Adam Benner, “so, adding a hog pit to our taproom is pretty surreal and we feel very, very honored. I’ve always said that Barbecue is my favorite food group, and strongly believe Land-Grant will be a great home for Ray Ray’s.” 

We’ll be hosting a Grand Opening celebration to welcome Ray Ray’s on November 11th and, just One week later, on Friday, November 17th, Ray Ray’s will be featured on the Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Land-Grant and Ray Ray’s will be hosting a watch party at the taproom, from 6-10pm. The show will air at 9 pm and the Ray Ray’s buffet will be served from 7-9 pm. The event is ticketed and will cost $5 with proceeds benefiting Franklinton Gardens.Tickets can be purchased in the coming days via Ray Ray’s Facebook Page.

Our hours and foodtruck schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday will remain the same. Monday’s are open for ordering-in/carry-in until our popular Euchre League in the winter, with Sunnyside Tacos set to return in the spring.

GRAND OPENING


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 11:30 am

RAY RAY’S HOURS (BEGINNING 11/11)


THURSDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
FRIDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SATURDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SUNDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm

TAPROOM HOURS (BEGINNING 11/11)


MONDAY: 3:30pm-10:00pm
TUESDAY: 3:30pm-10:00pm
WEDNESDAY: 3:30pm-8:00pm
THURSDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
FRIDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SATURDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SUNDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm

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