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A Spooky October in the “Fiergarten”

We’re very excited to announce some spooky Halloween-centric events in the Beer Garden throughout October. The Fiergarden Film Series launches tomorrow (Wednesday 10/10) kicking off three straight Wednesdays with scary movies under the stars. Pack a blanket, grab a beer, and brace yourself for all the spooks. All movies start at sundown at 7pm, and we’ve got a full line up of creepy classics:


These freaky films all lead up to the howlin-est Halloween party in town: The Land-Grant and BARK Party in the Fiergarten!

October 27th not only marks the eve of All Hallows Eve, but also the date in which Pups on the Patio legislation becomes OFFICIAL law! YAY! We advocated hard for our best dog friends, so we are ready to celebrate with a big ol’ party. From 3-7pm, Our human friends at BARK will be helping us host an all-out costume party. Bring your four-legged fur-ball and don’t hold back with the ensembles… We’ll be handing out prizes all afternoon for the best costumes in various categories!

The party certainly doesn’t stop after the dogs hit the hay. As the lights go down in the Fiergarten, from 7-10pm, the music will turn up with DJ Sean Gleeson & DJ Al Sigman and the costume competitions will carry on. Let’s get sPoOoOoOkY!!! Ray Ray’s Hog Pit will be serving up some eerie eats, including Spiced Smoked Short Rib with Ghost Chili BBQ Sauce. 👻 OooOoOOoooooo 👻 The Party is FREE and open to the public!

Please keep your well-behaved dogs on leash.

Four Years of Beers Recap

A huge and hardy THANK YOU is in order to all of the amazing people who came together to make this past Saturday a huge success.

The amazing bands that kept us moving… Our own Colin Mills, Colin Mills
, Fables, Gliders, Osage, Montezuma, Campbell, Mungbean, and the Buckeyes for eaking out a win!

Our tasty food trucks…Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, Sunyside Tacos, and Sweet T’s!

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, TopGolf for the mini-golf fun, and Chromedge for the cheesy school photo studio.

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 #FOURYEARSOFBEERS, 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: Walt Keys

He’s the man responsible for the nice image on your can, the poster on your wall, and the t-shirt on your back. He’s also the guy who will be at the taproom at 6am setting up for an event, and the same guy that will be there until 1am tearing it down. He’s Walt Keys, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Land-Grant Brewing Company… and he’s this month’s Person Behind the Pint!

Name: Walt Keys
Position: Co-Founder / Creative Director

You’re one of the Co-Founders of Land-Grant… how long has LG been a part of your life?:
Land-Grant really started for me in 2010. My college roommate and Best Man at my wedding, Adam Benner, started home-brewing in the basement of his apartment in Chicago and looped me in to design labels for his new brews. I was working at a design agency in Cincinnati at the time, and so his hobby of brewing beer on the weekends became my hobby of designing brands and labels after work. In 2012, we decided to really make a run at opening a commercial brewery, and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to get the idea off the runway.

What is it you do here day-to-day?
I’m the Creative Director here at Land-Grant, which essentially means I’m in charge of creating and executing everything visual that we need to move beer. Here’s an incomplete list of the things I design from week to week: beer labels, trading cards, posters, event brands, ads, social graphics, photography, video, website updates, menus, taproom materials, tap handles, and sales materials. We did 35 different beers in package last year, and we’re already at 32 this year, so I stay pretty busy.

On September 29, you’re celebrating Four Years of Beers. Congrats! As LG graduates from a small, young business to a more mature operation with over 40 employees, what advice would you give to other creatives and/or entrepreneurs that may need a push?
Just keep at it, and don’t be stubborn. That’s not to say you shouldn’t have a strong plan and a fully formed idea, but you should definitely remain flexible and open-minded. That–and, be prepared to put in A LOT of hours.

You’ve been working towards your vision of LG for over 8 years. That must come with some high highs and low lows. Looking back, what were some of those defining moments?
I’ll start with the low-point, which was when we lost our original Grandview building in October 2013. We’d been working so hard on this concept… we’d quit our jobs, relocated and it was starting to finally come together, when suddenly the rug was pulled out from under us. We had to essentially start back at zero. But to the team’s credit, we stuck together, held steady, and were able to land on our feet in Franklinton (albeit a full year later than we expected).

Highlights are a lot more fun to look back on, and there have been a lot! Every time we throw a big event like the Anniversary Parties, Backyard Barbecue, or Strawberry Jam, I’m still overwhelmed when people show up to this thing we made. We’ve been fortunate enough to celebrate a lot of cool milestones: Opening Day, canning beer for the first time (what a mess that was), and being able to enjoy a Land-Grant beer at Ohio Stadium. But, I think the most amazing thing about Land-Grant is the incredible family of people we’ve been able to assemble. It’s obviously apparent in happy times like when one of our people welcomes a new baby or ties the knot, but it was especially humbling to see the team rally around one another when tragedy struck and we lost one of our friends and brothers. It’s something I think about every day.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
Friday. There’s a palpable buzz in the building; the doors open earlier for Ray Ray’s and the room starts to fill up around noon. If it’s a Friday before a big event, everyone will be running around working on this or that–there’s a lot of excitement, and generally folks from the neighborhood, old friends, and family start to drop in around happy hour, making it tempting to pop out an hour early to have a beer in the Beer Garden.

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

New Brew: Dropout

Four years in the making, this hardy Imperial Stout was brewed specifically to help us celebrate our Fourth Anniversary at our Franklinton Brewery and Taproom on September 29 2018. Barrel-Aged on OYO Bourbon-soaked oak from our friends at Middle West Spirits, this jet-black stout offers up notes of Vanilla, Coconut, and Chocolate while wrapping up with a Coffee-forward finish.

DROPOUT STATS


STYLE: IPA
ABV: 9.4%   IBU: 52
HOPS: COLUMBUS, EAST KENT GOLDINGS, BRAMLING CROSS
MALTS: PALE ALE, BLACKPRINZ, COFFEE MALT, PALE CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE MALT, CARAMUNICH, MOLASSES
CONTAINER: KEGS / CANS
AVAILABILITY: 4th ANNIVERSARY

New Brew: Eos

Our annual Sun-Grant beers are brewed to highlight Land-Grant’s commitment to sustainability and community stewardship. Proceeds from this beer directly fund our ongoing initiatives in the areas o wastewater diversion, energy conservation, recycling, and creating closed production loops. Eos- named for the greek goddess of the dawn- is the second beer in the Sun-Grant series, and is an easy drinking Session Ale brewed with Fossil-Free malt, local malt, and Ohio hops. Learn more about our ongoing sustainability and community initiatives on our Sun-Grant page.

EOS STATS


STYLE: FOSSIL FREE SESSION ALE
ABV: 4.6%   IBU: 36
HOPS: CENTENNIAL, OHIO COLUMBUS, and OHIO CHINOOK from OHIO HOPS
MALTS: FOSSIL FREE RAHR PALE, OAT FLAKES, OHIO CARAMEL, OHIO CARAMEL OATS, and OHIO RED WHEAT from HAUSMALTS
CONTAINER: KEGS / CANS
AVAILABILITY: SUMMER 2018

New Brew: Kin

This is Nik’s beer—a Kölsch-style Golden Ale, brewed with Agave Nectar, Tropical Hops and Nik in mind. Beer builds community, and we were honored to have Nik at the center of ours. He was a soft-spoken soul who could summon a roar, a roots rock king with tropical panache, and a man who taught us all how lucky we are to have one another. Proceeds from this beer benefit the Dick & Jane Project.

KIN STATS


STYLE: TROPICAL KÖLSCH with AGAVE NECTAR
AVAILABLE: 8/18/2018
ABV: 4.5%   IBU: 27
HOPS: FALCONER’S FLIGHT, CITRA,EKUANOT
MALTS: PALE, WHITE WHEAT
INGREDIENTS: AGAVE NECTAR
SEASON: SUMMER
BENEFITING: THE DICK & JANE PROJECT
CONTAINER: KEGS / CANS
GLASS: STANGE

People Behind the Pint: Jacob Walker

You can thank this LG OG for that can in your hand. When Jacob isn’t busy overseeing the canning line, he is designing and customizing all of our tap handles… or, mastering (and sharing his love of) the sport of disc golf! Our annual winner of Employee With The Shortest Commute, Jacob can be found in his front yard (AKA, the LG patio) most Mondays with taco in hand. Cheers!

Name: Jacob Walker
Position: Canmaster General

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
Since November 1, 2014. Almost an OG.

What is it you do here?
I’m the lead operator on the canning line and I also produce all tap handles for accounts and taproom.

You’ve spearheaded LG’s passion for disc golf–how long have you been playing? And is it true we may be restocking our custom discs?
I started throwing discs when I was 16 (now 34), but had some right shoulder injuries here and there. I started playing competitively in early 2017 with the intention of going PRO. Yes, it is true that Land-Grant will be restocking our custom stamped discs…. this time it’s CLASSIC SOFT JUDGES!!!!! More to come in the future regarding different molds and such.

You’ve been a Franklintonian for years now–since before Land-Grant opened–what first drew you to the neighborhood and what do you think of its recent evolution?
Well, initially we moved to Franklinton for affordability–not really knowing the neighborhood–and, we fell in love immediately! The people are awesome and it’s decently close to all the cool spots in Columbus. In the future I see big things for Franklinton. With two huge living complexes about to open to the public, Franklinton has every reason to be a hotspot for fun… and super good LG beer!

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
My favorite day of the week at LG is easily Monday! Colin and Amber usually tend the bar with Sunnyside Tacos outside cooking up tasty tacos. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the other trucks and Ray Ray’s, but there is a special place in my heart for TACOS!!!!!

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

New Brew: Batch 500

We brewed our first beer on September 16th 2014. Between then and June 28 2018 we cranked out 498 more tasty batches, and for our 500th brew, we wanted to make something special. Batch 500 is a strong fruited Sour Ale brewed with sweet cherry and plum to commemorate this milestone at our Franklinton, Columbus, Ohio brewery. Here’s to 500 more!

BATCH 500 STATS


STYLE: SOUR ALE
with CHERRY and PLUM
ABV: 7.0%   IBU: 7
HOPS: TETTNANG
MALTS: PALE, RED WHEAT
INGREDIENTS: SWEET CHERRY and PLUM
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER: KEGS / CANS
GLASS: BELGIAN

Introducing the Beer Garden Music Series

The weather is shining and the stage is set–let us play you some tunes. Now that the Beer Garden is up and running, and the stage is complete, we’re pretty stoked the Land-Grant Beer Garden Music Series! The series will feature live music in our brand new Beer Garden on select Thursday and Sundays through the rest of the summer and into the fall. Shows are 100% free, and, weather dependent (we’ll move music indoors when necessary and possible). You can check out the full lineup over on the Music Series Page as well as our Facebook. You can get to know the first three performers below. Dig it!

Land-Grant Brewing Company Expands Production and Distribution with Columbus Distributing Partnership

Today, we are proud to announce a new partnership with Columbus Distributing Co. for wholesale distribution. The partnership is part of our strategic growth plan to increase beer production and expand distribution throughout Central Ohio, and will allow more customers to enjoy our seasonal and limited-edition releases.

“We’ve had success self-distributing since we opened and have formed great relationships over the years. As we look toward the future, we need a partner with distribution expertise, a shared brewing vision and dedication to Central Ohio to continue our rapid growth,” says Adam Benner, Land-Grant president and co-owner. “Our partnership with Columbus Distributing allows us to expand production and offer a larger, wider selection of beers at more locations across our community, and we’re excited to do it alongside a company with the same commitment to Columbus as us.”

Starting July 29 2018, Columbus Distributing will handle Land-Grant’s Franklin County wholesale distribution. The partnership will allow Land-Grant to expand operations at their current Franklinton facility, as well as dedicate space to a quality assurance lab. The partnership will also expand Columbus Distributing’s craft beer offerings.

“As a family-owned Columbus business for 85 years, we look to partner with companies that are invested in the future of our shared community and want to build the success story that is Columbus, Ohio,” says Erik Jenkins, Columbus Distributing vice president of sales. “We admire Land-Grant’s charitable involvement and dedication to our community, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of bringing these phenomenal beers to beer lovers all over Columbus.”

ABOUT COLUMBUS DISTRIBUTING COMPANY


The Columbus Distributing Company is a fifth generation family owned beer and beverage distribution business. It was the first wholesale beer distributor established in Ohio following the repeal of prohibition in 1933. Columbus Distributing maintains administrative offices and warehousing (130,000 square feet) at 4949 Freeway Drive East in Columbus, Ohio with an additional facility (43,000 square feet) at 1000 Freeway Drive North for keg sales, an in-house state of the art print shop, and point-of-sale merchandise storage.

Columbus Distributing is driven by its passion for great beer and dedication to its 225 employees. Providing quality value-added service to its customers is top of mind.
Partnering with various local non-profit groups and investing in responsible consumption programs in Columbus are very important to the company and its employees.

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For more information, please visit their website.
Read the Press Release.