It’s true. Land-Grant was originally the Oval Brewing Company, and that was the name we used during our Kickstarter Campaign. We decided to change the name after discovering a trademark discrepancy. It was a bittersweet change, but in the end we’ve come to love the Land-Grant, and think it fits our brand like a glove.
Glad you asked. Our name derives from the Morrill Act of 1862, better known as the Land-Grant Act. The Act essentially set aside federal land in each state for the establishment of public Universities, bringing higher education to the masses. There’s at least one Land-Grant school in every state, and that includes our very favorite school, right here in Columbus.
The old fashioned looking dude you see on the wall behind our bar, our kölsch glasses, the 1862 Ale can, and these t-shirts is none-other than Justin Morrill, the congressman who penned the Land-Grant Act of 1862, which was enacted by president Lincoln.
The short answer is: “We love Columbus.” The long answer is “We’re all from different parts of Ohio, but have all ended up in Columbus at various points. There’s something that just keeps pulling us back. We love its energy, support, sports, culture and diversity. It’s really a perfect storm for building a great beer culture. We’re really excited to be a part of what is already a booming scene.”
We work very closely with Ray Ray’s and our food truck partners, and as a fellow small business want to see them succeed. For this reason we prefer that you do not bring in outside food (birthday cakes and other “special” food items are okay). Information about food at Land-Grant is available here, and the trucks are happy to work with you to meet your catering needs.
Though some special events may require advanced tickets and/or reservations (check our events page), individuals and small groups don’t need to reserve ahead of time for tables or for our regularly scheduled tours. For groups of 15 or more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.