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!

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New Brew: 13.1 Wheat

Go ahead and pull the tab, you’ve earned it. Brewed to celebrate the Cap City Half’s 15th Anniversary, 13.1 Wheat places a heavy emphasis on maximizing your refreshment. It’s a sunny and hazy ale, packing tons of zesty citrus and notes of orange peel. Run or walk, it’ll be waiting for you at the finish line.

13.1 WHEAT STATS


STYLE: AMERICAN WHEAT
ABV: 4.3%   IBU: 17
HOPS: MT. HOOD, TETTNANG, GERMAN TRADITION
MALTS: PALE, WHITE WHEAT
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Brew: Sundrip

A sunshine filled splash of hoppyness to brighten your day and whisk you off to your own personal paradise. Ekuanot, Rakau, ID007, and Sorachi Ace hops crash to shore in a tropical fruit froth of juicy hop flavor and sky-high aromatics.

SUNDRIP STATS


STYLE: DOUBLE IPA
ABV: 7.7%   IBU: 71
HOPS: EKUANOT, RAKAU, ID007, SORACHI ACE
MALTS: PALE, GOLDPILS VIENNA
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: GOBLET

New Brew: Quadrahopic

In your hands is an immersive Lupular experience of the senses. Citrus hop vibrations, amplified aromatics, and a mellow bitterness achieved through the perfect balance of Cascade, Citra, Comet, and Centennial hops. For those seeking beer Nirvana, Quadrahopic will put you on the right wavelength.

QUADRAHOPIC STATS


STYLE: IPA
ABV: 6.7%   IBU: 37
HOPS: CASCADE, CENTENNIAL, COMET, CITRA
MALTS: PALE
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

People Behind the Pint: Kayla Chandler

If you’ve ever visited our taproom, you’ve surely met Kayla, Land-Grant’s bartender, customer experience extraordinaire, and human flow chart. When she’s not striving to make your taproom experience exceptional, she’s keeping quite busy adventuring with The Campfire Experience and her two little kiddos! Whew!”

Name: Kayla Chandler
Position: Bartender & Customer Experience Lead

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I have worked at Land-Grant since March 2016.

What is it you do here?
I’m a bartender! For those of you who may not understand what that means, at Land-Grant, as bartenders, we are somewhat of a human flow chart to help you decide which kind of beer you should drink. That’s right–I know you better than you know you. My favorite customers are those who tell me they don’t like beer. This becomes a personal challenge for me to find the right fit.

In addition to bartending, I recently started as a Customer Experience Lead. Not many days go by when Land-Grant isn’t hosting a fundraiser, 30th birthday celebration, or party of some sort. I ensure that these events run smoothly and help to create finishing touches of hospitality.

The Land-Grant bar staff is essentially family–what are the pros and cons of working with your closest friends?
The bar staff spends a lot of time together, whether we like it or not. Truth is, the staff is a huge part of why I enjoy coming to work. Each person on our staff is creative and ambitious in their own way, and with all of our traits combined, we make an exceptional team… if I do say so myself!

Con–sometimes it is difficult for everyone to find time to hang out outside of work!

Outside of Land-Grant, you are involved with The Campfire Experience, plus you’re a mother! How many hours do you have in your day?
Enough to balance everything! Outside of Land-Grant I work for a company called The Campfire Experience, a luxury adventuring brand, as a manager of custom events. We specialize in creating upscale outdoorsy events for brands, festivals and weddings. I oversee one of our signature events called Campfire Sessions–intimate music performances in unique spaces, recorded live. The process of scouting locations and bands is what I find most enjoyable.

I am also a mother of a 2 year-old and a 3 year-old! Watching my children develop and grow has been the most rewarding and fascinating experience of my life. It’s important for me to balance a busy work schedule and spend the most quality time with them.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
I recently worked my first Hickory + Oak Supper Club at the brewery. It was cool to see the taproom transform into somewhat of a “speak-easy” where guests are seated at communal tables with candlelight, sharing special plates that are selectively paired with unusual beers. Can Ray Ray’s please tell me how they made a simple carrot taste so good?

Want to catch up on our previous ‘People behind the Pint’ entries? You can do just that right here.
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Bracket Brawl 2018

It’s that time of year… this Sunday is Selection Sunday, the harbinger of the Madness to come… the NCAA Basketball Tournament looms large next Thursday (March 15th). We’ll be open (along with our friends and BBQ experts, Ray Ray’s) at 11:30 on Thursday and Friday for all of the action, so play hooky and join us in the taproom. Sweeten the pot and enter the Land-Grant 2018 Bracket Brawl and win yourself some Land-Grant prizes!

1st Place – A $40.00 Land-Grant Gift Certificate
2nd place – Set of two Land-Grant Glasses
3rd Place – Choice of Land-Grant T-Shirt
4th place – Land-Grant Hat

Entry information:
1. Visit this link: http://bit.ly/2018-LG-bracket
2. Sign-in or register for an account
3. Join our Group “Land-Grant Brewing 2018”
4. Enter the case-sensitive password: ohsure2018
5. Fill out your bracket

New Brew: Space-Grant: Binary Star

Binary Star continues our annual exploration of the blackest realms of “Lupular” space. Cascade and Simcoe Cryo hops circle one another in a cosmic tango, bleeding their celestial force into one another before exploding in a supernova of floral and citrus hop energy before collapsing into a deep, dark black hole of dark malt, roasty mystery. Raise your glass to the heavens and marvel at this spectacular force of nature.

GODSPEED STATS


STYLE: BLACK IPA
ABV: 7.8%   IBU: 40
HOPS: CASCADE CRYO, SIMCOE CRYO
MALTS: PALE, CARAMEL AROMATIC, VICTORY, MIDNIGHT WHEAT, BLACKPRINZ
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: GOBLET

People Behind The Pint: Dan Shaffer

With some excellent and varied beers dropping in the coming weeks (Batch 300, Spring Quarter, Space-Grant) we figured it was high-time to check in with our Lead Brewer, Dan Shaffer. Dan speaks softly but with a sharp wit and earned wisdom, making him right at home in the brewery, and on our new weekly podcast “Beers With the Brewers.”

Name: Dan Shaffer
Position: Lead Brewer

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I started in the fall of 2016.

What is it you do here?
In general, I make beer. Specifically, I’m involved in all the steps leading up to providing our packaging team with brite beer to put into cans and kegs. The rest of my time goes towards educating our staff about beer, refining processes in the brewery, and developing new recipes.

What is your favorite beer to brew?
There's a real excitement to brewing a new recipe or trying a new technique, but I take a lot of pleasure in dialing in a staple like Stiff-Arm, our IPA. There's great satisfaction in knowing how a brew is progressing just by touch and feel (and of course smell).

We're going to be hearing a lot more from you on the Beers With The Brewers Podcast–tell us more about that!
When I first started home brewing, I wanted to feed my head with as much information as possible. Great podcasts like "Basic Brewing Radio" and "Brewing with Style" were as important to my beer education as my brewing degree. I'm hoping that with "Beers With The Brewers" we can not only inform people about our beers, but also relay some of the information I've accrued over the years about beer styles and brewing history. Hopefully it will inspire someone to try a beer that is outside their comfort zone, or maybe revisit an old classic.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
A brewer's schedule is so varied that it's hard to pick a particular day, but I love getting in before everyone on the early brew. It's quiet and the smell of the grain in the mash tun (and Ray Ray's meat in the smoker) wakes up your senses. The sun peaks up over the brewery windows, people stumble in one or two at a time and the place starts to buzz; delivery drivers load their trucks, can hands build boxes and load cans, the cellarman fires up the centrifuge and the bar staff take down stools and polish the bar top for the lunch crowd. A brewery is a living, breathing thing, and not just in the sense that we rely on living organisms to ferment our beer. Not to get too sappy, but without the people it's just a bunch of stainless steel.

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Introducing the Beers With The Brewers Podcast!

Every Wednesday at 3:30pm, the Land-Grant staff files upstairs, passes a pitcher of the latest batch of beer, and tastes it together with the brewers guiding the conversation. We started recording these tastings for the folks who couldn’t make it, and ta-da!: we have a podcast! Pull up a stool, crack open a can, and enjoy a cold beer with the Land-Grant Brewing team.

The series kicks off with the taproom classic, Stiff-Arm, and stay tuned because our new release, Spring Quarter, is up next! So, crack open a Stiff-Arm, turn up the volume, and have a drink with Dan (our Lead Brewer, the star of Beers With The Brewers, and this month’s Person Behind the Pint!).

First Episode!


2017 Sustainability and Community Report

Brewing beer requires large amounts of energy, agricultural ingredients, packaging material, water, and labor all to be fermented and poured in a single glass. Since the beginning, we’ve wanted to be a brewery that brews with championship integrity. When we opened, our skeleton crew wasn’t able to pursue sustainability while also brewing, kegging, canning, delivering, bartending, and getting ourselves off the ground. Three years later and thirty-plus employees larger, we’ve been able to pursue sustainable brewing at last.

In 2017 we launched Sun-Grant, our formal Sustainability Program that aims to organize, measure, manage, and pursue our various environmental and communal initiatives. These initiatives are housed in the four pillars of the Sun-Grant Program:

  1. MITIGATION OF LIFE CYCLE IMPACT
  2. REDUCTION OF CARBON FOOTPRINT
  3. WATER STEWARDSHIP
  4. DEEP COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

These pillars, and the initiatives within them, reflect the common themes that we seek to address in our sustainability program: reduction of greenhouse gases, closing loops, minimizing waste, decreasing our water use intensity, diverting brewing byproduct from our wastewater, lowering the impact of our supply chain, and partnering with different farmers, environmental organizations, and community groups throughout Columbus and Ohio to make a healthier, better, cleaner world.

Our Sun-Grant program’s first year was focused on taking a holistic approach, with the aim of making progress and creating programs within each of the four pillars. Because of this, we were able to begin to mitigate every bit of our environmental impact, but as a Jack-of-All-Trades, Master-of-None.

We also launched our first Sun-Grant beer: Ra, a Fossil-Free Honey Blonde Ale, made with Ohio-grown Cascade hops, Ohio amber honey, and Rahr Malt’s fossil-free malts. Ra is the first in our Sun-Grant Series, and sales from each pour and six-pack went into our Sun-Grant Fund (more on that later).

Part of our mission here at Land-Grant is to make sure that we are ensuring Long Term Community Sustainability here in our neighborhood and beyond. You help us do this every day by patronizing our taproom and buying delicious beer out at your favorite shops and bars. This year, Land-Grant donated over 1% of our gross revenue to local area initiatives under the tiers of Education, Sustainability and Community Building, continuing our commitment to responsibly steward our resources for the greater good. We were able to donate a little under $50,000 in 2017.

Within this report you’ll see some examples of what programs we created, what worked, what didn’t work, and what we’re going to do about it. As always, we couldn’t do this without the continued support of our patrons, customers, and the Columbus community. Raise a glass to yourselves and read on to learn more.