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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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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.

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

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.

3rd Anniversary Band Lineup Announcement!

Our 3rd Anniversary Party is going down in just a little over a month. Today, we’re excited to announce the music lineup for the action packed day. We’ve assembled a fun and diverse schedule of tunes that should keep your toes tapping as you sample our HUGE list of Land-Grant and guest beers (more on that in the coming weeks). It All culminates in the Land-Grant Super Jamble, an all-inclusive jam hosted by the über funky Osage and featuring members from the day’s other acts. Get all the details for the party on the Anniversary page, or the Facebook event. See you on 10/21!

PARTY DETAILS


DATE: Saturday, October 21 2017
TIME: Noon-Midnight
ADMISSION: Free!

MUSIC SCHEDULE


3:00 pm: Nik Heidel
4:00 pm: Lisa Bella Donna Jazz Quintet
5:00 pm: Yellow Paper Planes
6:00 pm: Mungbean
7:00pm: Souther
8:00 pm: Parker Louis
9:00 pm: Osage
10:00 pm: The Land-Grant Super Jamble hosted by Osage

People Behind the Pint: Amber Falter

This month, we chatted with Amber Falter, our beloved bartender and comedic genius. No topic was left untouched; we tackled elephant pregnancies, acquiring ownership of the moon, her duties inside and outside of the bar, and her deep affinity for community (and stickers!).

Name: Amber Falter
Position: Bartender

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
1.3 lovely elephant pregnancies!

What is it you do here?
Most of what I do is sing Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin'” to boost morale behind the bar. 

My second most important job is to show people pictures of my dogs. Constantly. 

Some days (and most terrifyingly) I am asked to change the TV channel. This requires most of my energy and I usually end up bloodied from battle. As much as I hate it, I am grateful for this technological challenge–it humbles me.

Oh, and I pour beer for my friends.

Why do you pay me again?

What are the best aspects of your job? And what are the most challenging?
Best aspects are the people. Hands down and on both sides of the bar. You’re never in bad company at Land-Grant. 

The most challenging…? Hmm. Personally I think it’s not giving every single guest a sticker. I love stickers. THE WORLD NEEDS STICKERSSSSS!!! (Also, because of me I think we are out of stickers).

You have a super successful comedy career outside of Land-Grant, tell us about that!
Tell you about my successful comedy career?! Hold on, allow me to park my Ferrari first. I don’t get perfect reception in my beautiful mountainside getaway home–just kidding, of course I do! I’m a billionaire! I own the moon!

First of all, since starting at Land-Grant I was finally in a position where I was able to work and explore my life long passion of comedy. So hats off to you, fam. You the real MVP.

Secondly, comedy is so fun! I meet people that make sure I’m constantly laughing and I couldn’t love writing more. What a silly life I am chasing. Not sure what will come of it, nor do I have any idea what I am doing. I just want to impress myself as a writer and challenge myself as a performer. The art of Comedy is so fascinating and thrilling to me. Also, the scene in Columbus is active, supportive and growing. If I have any real goal with comedy, it’s to help the scene attract more performers to the stage. Whether it be inviting touring headliners or encouraging newer or younger comics to our showcases, I just want people to want to perform in Columbus! Luckily for me, Land-Grant has introduced me to so many great people and they’ve come to explore our magical world of local comedy. It’s really satisfying to me to see someone’s first local comedy experience as an audience member. I. Just. Love. It! 

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
Oh my goodness–how do I pick?! 

Beer releases are super exciting. You can always count on the few regulars to be the first ones in. You know, the ones that aren’t afraid to remind you multiples times to give them their Collector’s Club cards. I always try to have my first sip of the beer with the first person I get to pour it for! (If we aren’t slammed of course!) I like to talk to our super fans because they are so willing to shell out their honest opinions with us. I learn so much from those conversations! I love it!

Also, our Second Anniversary Party (Third Anniversary coming up, Save the Date!) was just incredible. What a beautiful day. That was the busiest day I’ve worked in my life, but at the same time, THE most fun! The bar was packed. Just a sea of people sardined together… willing to rub bodies with strangers for 40 minutes all to grab an 1862 Kölsch and celebrate with us at Land-Grant. So, so cool. 

At first it was scary. I like to make sure everyone has a great experience while they are at Land-Grant and we were so slammed that I initially felt like an inadequate bartender. Then I looked around and noticed the team I was working alongside and it changed my attitude completely. Becca just blowing my mind with fast she works. Watched Colin hand six canned Stiff-Arms to people four deep like it was nothing. Jenna laughing and screaming “Yaass Queens!”. Everyone was crushing it. Bar staff and all. And the reason that bar was so packed was because it was filled with friends, family and neighbors that were just thrilled to be there with us. It made me so happy to see everyone at Land-Grant that worked so hard all week to have a Greenskeeper with their friends and family and realize what a cool community they’ve built. 

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.