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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.

People Behind the Pint: Brittany Fisher

Just call her “Spotted Genet” because she is one cool cat with a dynamite personality. Not only is Brittany a brilliant bartender, but she is also our in-house animal expert. Fresh off an Exotic Animal Behavior and Welfare study abroad program in South Africa, Brittany fills us in on her travels and identifies the hidden beasts of Land-Grant. Rarrr!

Name: Brittany Fisher
Position: Bartender

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
A little over a year.

What is it you do here?
I am one of the lucky bartenders in the taproom who gets to sling drinks with my best friends. At times I also double as an animal-question-answering extraordinaire.

You just got back from spending some time in South Africa-what were you doing there?
I just finished my undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. In the fall I will begin a Master’s of Science degree as a graduate research student at OSU. I traveled with eight other girls for three weeks as part of an Exotic Animal Behavior and Welfare study abroad program in South Africa. It was amazing! We spent 8 days off the grid in Kruger National Park and the remainder of the time visiting sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers. Most of our time was spent observing wild animals but we did have the opportunity to interact with some ambassador animals as well.

You’re the animal expert, so if you had to pick spirit animals for you and your bartending colleagues, what would you choose?
Oh man, ok here we go: While in South Africa I was told that my spirit animal would be a spotted genet and yes I had to look it up, too. It’s a small African cat with a dynamite personality which is very fitting. For Becca, our matriarch, I’m going to choose an elephant for her strength, compassion, and leadership. Nik, who is one of our fearless leaders, gets a brown bear for his confidence, leadership, and strength. Colin, our other head bartender, is a tiger for his power, intelligence, and leadership. Justin is definitely a lion, have you seen that beard? Lions represent courage, compassion, and strength. Jenna, our theater queen, is a zebra for her individuality, sociability, and leadership. Emma Swysgood, check out her band Mungbean, seems like a giraffe for her wisdom, creativity, and grace. Amber is absolutely a monkey, if you haven’t been to her comedy shows you are missing out. Monkeys are known for their humor, resourcefulness, and smarts. Jordan, our dog dad, is a wolf for his knowledge, leadership, and courage. Kayla is a peacock for her effortless beauty, nobility, and wisdom. Mike seems like an eagle for his loyalty, creativity, and integrity. For our newest addition, Jake, we’ll give him the leopard. They are known for their strength, courage, and independence. If anyone else would like to know their spirit animal, I take appointments on Fridays and Saturdays for a small fee.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
Working weekends at Land-Grant is my absolute favorite! I love it when the brewery is full of excitement. We have so many great regulars and new customers alike; I love getting to see everyone and catching up on how their week went. On the weekends most of the bartenders are scheduled and I never feel like I am actually at work. Our staff is full of great personalities and positive attitudes (see above), so you know we are going to have fun. We also have Ray Ray’s outside serving the best BBQ in town as well! Not only is their food great but the staff is wonderful. When we first me all the guys, we knew immediately that it was a great decision and now we are all very close.

Events at Land-Grant are especially fun. It is so rewarding to be able to partner with local companies and organizations, like Jeni’s and 97.1. This weekend, after we walk the Pride Parade on Saturday, I won’t but bartending, but I will be celebrating in the beer garden… so come say hello!

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

Jeni’s Strawberry Jam!

A huge and hardy THANK YOU is in order to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Hirsch Fruit Farms, Besa, and all of the amazing people who came together to make the Strawberry Jam an incredible success.

Delicious, fresh, refreshing, strawberry-centric food and bev from: Hot Chicken Takeover, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, little eater, Fox in the Snow, Dough Mama, Street Thyme, Bacca Coffee, and Rambling House!

The amazing musical lineup: The Ramblers, The Emily Syring Band, Molly Winters, Maza Blaska, Gliders, DJ George Brazil, and Doc Robinson!

Our incredible staff for pulling together an amazing Hibiscus Pale Ale, and for putting in some crazy hours to make yesterday happen. You guys are amazing.

Not to mention art and curiosities put together by: Igloo Letterpress, Florish, and The Tart Peach!

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.

Check out some photos from the day here, and you can see the full photo-set over on our Facebook page.

New Brew: Jeni’s Elixir

Available for the first time at Jeni’s Strawberry Jam at Land-Grant! Ice Cream, Beer, Music, Strawberries, and More! Saturday, June 2nd!

Beer + Ice Cream: the perfect pair, guaranteed to refresh and delight you on the hottest, most sweltering of summer afternoons in Columbus, Ohio. Jeni and her inspiring team of doers, makers, and scoopers have been celebrating Ohio’s strawberry harvest—specifically that of Hirsch Fruit Farm in Chillicothe—each June with their Strawberry Buttermilk Ice Cream. At Land-Grant, we couldn’t resist brewing up a sublime complement to that annual rite of summer. Elixir, a highly drinkable hibiscus-infused Pale Ale pours a vibrant pink and pairs perfectly with strawberries—either in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, or fresh off the vine. Grab a pint and a pint (and a spoon!), and let summer begin.

ELIXIR


STYLE: PALE ALE with HIBISCUS
ABV: 5.3%   IBU: 30
HOPS: BELMA
MALTS: CRAFT MASTER BLEND, HONEY MALT, GOLDEN NAKED OATS
INGREDIENTS: HIBSICUS FLOWERS
COLLABORATOR: JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS
SEASON: PEAK SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Brew: CubeRRT

Meet CubeRRT, the first satellite designed, engineered, and built at Ohio State’s ElectroScience Laboratory. Developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Goddard Space Flight Center, CubeRRT’s work in orbit will demonstrate technology that will support future missions for agriculture and climate science. To celebrate its launch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, we just brewed up this special Space-Grant Series beer. CubeRRT, the beer, is a super limited, launch-ready Extra Pale featuring Falconer’s Flight, Cashmere, and Nelson Sauvin hops. 10,9,8,7…

BINARY STAR STATS


STYLE: EXTRA PALE ALE
ABV: 6.2%   IBU: 32
HOPS: FALCONER’S FLIGHT, CASHMERE, NELSON SAUVIN
MALTS: PALE, SWAEN VIENNA,WHEAT, CARAMEL VIENNE
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: GOBLET

New Brew: Tennis

The sun is shining, competition is calling, and it’s time to hit the court. Whether your vying for the cup at the Open, or just working the wall in the park, your bound to work up a sweat. Luckily for you, Tennis IPA was brewed up with refreshment in mind. Simcoe, Citra, and Lemon Drop hops give this beer serious citrus topspin while maintaining solid footing via a balanced malt volley. Grab a partner, serve it up, and make a racket!

TENNIS STATS


STYLE: IPA
ABV: 6.5%   IBU: 50
HOPS: SIMCOE, CITRA, LEMON DROP
MALTS: CRAFT MASTER BLEND, GOLDPILS VIENNA, PALE,CARAMEL
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Brew: CMYK

On paper, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black come together to manifest design and imagery. In the glass, hops, grain, yeast and water fuse in a mosaic of sensation. CMYK is a fruit-forward Double IPA blending the hoppy hues of Warrior, Citra, Simcoe, Ella, and Mosaic. It’s a full spectrum of flavor and aroma that looks as good as it tastes.

CMYK STATS


STYLE: DOUBLE IPA
ABV: 8.5%   IBU: 75
HOPS: WARRIOR, CITRA, SIMCOE, ELLA, MOSAIC
MALTS: BOHEMIAN PILS, VIENNA, DEXTROSE
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: GOBLET

People Behind the Pint: Hajier Karimi

If you’ve ever enjoyed a cool and crispy Land-Grant beer outside of our walls, chances are it was dropped off by Hajier Karimi, the longtime Land-Grant distribution All-Star with a heart of gold. When not picking daisies, Haj gets that beer where it’s going… right on time, all while dishing out crunchy bass licks.

Name: Hajier Karimi
Position: Distribution Team Lead

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I started here in September of 2015.

What is it you do here?
I do a few different things here at Land-Grant. First and foremost, I manage our Distribution Team and make sure that our beer gets to where it needs to go in a timely manner. I also manage our packaged inventory to ensure that we have enough product to fill orders and that our beer is at optimal freshness once it leaves our facility. I sit on the Safety Committee as well, and I train new employees on how to operate some of the heavy machinery that we use in the brewery. From time to time, you might also see me out and about, working events or tastings. Aside from that, I’ve done everything from installing drywall to building a walk-in cooler, and anything else in between.

What’s your favorite L-G beer?
Wow I’ve been staring at this question for a really long time because, truth be told, it’s impossible for me to pick just one Land-Grant beer that I love the most. There are so many delicious beers that we release here on a weekly basis and I love them all. However, for the sake of this question, when push comes to shove, I’ve got to go with an old favorite: our Greenskeeper Session IPA. This little workhorse of a beer is perfect for just about any occasion and it won’t quit on you–even when you’re a few (or more than a few) pints deep. Perfectly sessionable, and with the addition of Citra hops for an added kick of citrusy goodness, this beer is solid AF.

Best Land-Grant Memory?
All of ‘em. For real, it’s hard to keep track of all the great times I’ve had here. It’s easy to make memories when you’re having fun working with your friends!

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
Each day usually brings along something new and exciting. Whether it’s a new beer release or an event in the taproom, there’s always something cool going down at 424 W. Town.

I will say though, my favorite days are the ones where the brewery is running on all cylinders, which is just about every day at this point. There is definitely a nice rhythm that we get into throughout the day, which I love. There are a lot of people and simultaneous moving parts involved in running this operation, and when everything is flowing smoothly and we are all “in the pocket,” so to speak, you can really feel it… and it feels good! I think this is reflected in the product we are putting out as well; by that I mean that our beer is greater than the sum of our individual parts. I think that really shows since we are able to consistently produce a high-quality product day in and day out. We formin’ like voltron out here, all day baby!

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