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.

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

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:


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.

New Brew: The Corsica

The Corsica is a juicy Northeast IPA brewed in collaboration with our good friends (and Columbus craft beer stalwarts), The Daily Growler. This citrusy Northeast-style Double IPA is brewed with candied citron and rides high on hazy, frothy swells of peach, orange, and tangerine aroma. Pop on your flops, cook up some brunch, set your course, and raise the sails.


ABV: 7.2%   IBU: 92

Merry Christmas from Land-Grant!

We’d like to take a moment and wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! Thanks for enjoying so many great brews with us in 2017, and we look forward to raising a glass in 2018. The taproom is CLOSED today, but will resume regular hours tomorrow.

New Brew: The Last Red-Eye

Sometimes it feels like you woke up a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, and a little pick-me-up would do you some good. The last Red-Eye was brewed in collaboration with our friends from the Rogue Squadron Podcast with Columbus-roasted espresso from our Franklinton neighbors, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters. In addition to Stauf’s Odarrec espresso, this beer was brewed with Kiln coffee malt, creating lighter drinking porter with rich, roasty flavor that will open your eyes and leave you with a sense that perhaps the dark side isn’t so bad after all.


ABV: 6.2%   IBU: 18

New Year’s Eve at Land-Grant!

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?! We suggest that you say “so long” to 2017, and count down to 2018 with your friends at Land-Grant!

Your all-inclusive ticket includes:

  • Land-Grant Beer
  • Cider
  • Wine
  • Lyft Code for ride home (up to $20)
  • Ray Ray’s Finger Foods Buffet (Wings, Sliders, Etc)
  • Midnight Toast

Be sure to wear your best dancing shoes because–we won’t be doing this often, but–we’re transforming the production brewery into a full-fledged dance party, and we’re keeping this LIMITED TO JUST 125 PEOPLE–meaning you’ll have plenty of room to bust out your best moves.

Tickets are SUPER limited, so don’t delay! Round up your friends and make those plans. It will be the best decision you make in 2017. Cheers to New Year’s!

*Liquor and Cocktails available for purchase at bar

Buy Tickets!

New Brew: Ned

Accustomed to a land-locked existence, Ned finds itself in uncharted territory–with the hop punch of an IPA and the clean crisp finish of a lager. Sorachi Ace, El Dorado, ID007, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops bring a unique perspective and fresh outlook to the team while Vienna Malt provides the backing for your hoppy adventure.


STYLE: India Pale Lager
ABV: 5.5%   IBU: 40

People Behind the Pint: Jackie Kemble

Jackie Kemble is the gift that keeps on giving! In her role as Land-Grant’s Community Partnership Manager, Jackie spends a lot of time listening to the needs of our neighbors and the community at large, and makes sure to give back to the best of Land-Grant’s ability. Jackie is as smart as she is generous–so, pop into the brewery on any given Sunday and pick her brain on every topic from philanthropy to Cicerone Certification. Cheers to Jackie!

Name: Jackie Kemble
Position: Community Partnership Manager

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I’ve been here for a little over 2 years!

What is it you do here?
Here at Land-Grant, I steward our philanthropic giving and community engagement. I’m lucky to be able to work with a lot of amazing organizations. I listen to people in our neighborhood and community about the different issues that affect them, and work with individuals and organizations to see how we can assist them. I also coordinate our Community Happy Hours, which are days that we open the taproom (Mondays through Wednesdays) to nonprofit initiatives under the tiers of Education, Community Building and Sustainability. We give groups dedicated, cost-free space to educate people about their initiatives, and then donate up to 20% of the proceeds from the evening to their cause. I have the best job here (I think so, anyways).

What is your favorite aspect of your job?
My favorite aspect of my job is meeting so many people who do amazing things in my hometown. I love Columbus – I grew up here, went to OSU and have worked here ever since. It’s an amazing city, and that’s because of all of the amazing people that work and live here. From the community initiatives to the Columbus Crew (#SaveTheCrew!), there are always people willing to listen, work hard and lend their collaborative spirit to get things done. Also, beer. I’m Cicerone Beer Server Certified and this place is a like playground for beer nerds and domestic lovers alike.

You have had the privilege of working with a lot of amazing non-profits/community groups, what have been some of your most rewarding community collaborations?
I would have to say that the work we do with Pelotonia is extremely rewarding. We’ve donated over $20,000 in our three short years to an issue that seemingly affects everyone – whether it’s you or someone you love. If I had to pick one thing though, it would be working in Franklinton. All of the passionate people that make this neighborhood great by waking up every day and serving the community – they’re the best. We’ve donated the outside sales from our Anniversary Party to Franklinton Gardens (now Franklinton Farms) for the last 2 years, and the direct community impact that they provide is almost immeasurable. In fact, Franklinton Farms is one of the sole providers of fresh produce to low-income communities like Franklinton. We are so proud to work with them.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
That’s a toss-up between Friday and Sunday. Friday because everyone is so happy to be here – they’re not at work, they get to eat Ray Ray’s Barbecue, we almost always have something new on tap, and our bartenders are hands-down the nicest, most knowledgable bar staff in Columbus. It’s the best place to start your weekend!

Personally though, I love Sunday. This is a perfect spot to have a lazy Sunday afternoon beer with (more!) Ray Ray’s. We see people in here playing cards or board games, catching up with friends or watching football. The vibe is so relaxed, but still fun. It’s really nice to want to hang out where you work – you’ll see a lot of us in here even though we don’t have to be.

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

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.




THURSDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
FRIDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SATURDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm
SUNDAY: 11:30am-8:00pm


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




Ray Ray's Land-Grant Menu