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.

New Brew: For Columbus

When we invited the dedicated supporters of Columbus Crew SC to our taproom to taste-test the beer that would become Glory, this deceptive dark brew finished just shy of the top of the table. Despite its dark complexion, For Columbus Black Lager drinks super smooth and easy with just the subtlest touch of roast, making it the perfect beer for a late summer night-match.

FOR COLUMBUS STATS


STYLE: BLACK LAGER
ABV: 4.6%   IBU: 22
HOPS: CHINOOK, NORTHERN BREWER, TETTNANG
MALTS: MUNICH, WEYERMAN PILSNER, DARK MUNICH, CARAFA II, MIDNIGHT WHEAT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Collaboration Brew: Sports + Jorts

Sports + Jorts are Goses brewed in two collaborative sessions with our friends at Seventh Son Brewing Company. Each batch (one brewed at 7S, one at LG) followed the exact same recipe and processes but utilized different fruit additions at each location. Nods to a couple of our favorite non-alcoholic refreshments, Land-Grant used Lemon and Lime while Seventh Son infused their rendition with Guava and Passionfruit. These tart and salty brews are best tasted side by side, to highlight the two beers similarities and differences.

SPORTS STATS


STYLE: GOSE with LEMON and LIME
ABV: 4.3%   IBU: 9
COLLABORATOR SEVENTH SON BREWING COMPANY
HOPS: TETTNANG
MALTS: PILSEN, RED WHEAT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Brew: Blackberry Jamble

The warm moonlit nights of a midwest summer are an invitation to get the band back together, tune up the strings, and gather ’round the fire. Our Blackberry Cream Ale is the perfect companion for rambles, ambles, and jambles of all kinds. An easy drinking ale given an extra kiss of summer with the addition of fresh blackberries. Grab one and sing along.

BLACKBERRY JAMBLE STATS


STYLE: CREAM ALE with BLACKBERRIES
ABV: 4.6%   IBU: 12
HOPS: TETTNANG
MALTS: 2 ROW, FLAKED CORN, GOLDEN NAKED OATS
INGREDIENTS: BLACKBERRIES
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER: KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

People Behind the Pint: Vinny Valentino

This month, we sat down with Vinny Valentino, Land-Grant's official environmental enthusiast and Sustainability Manager. We learned more about the role he developed at Land-Grant, as well as his ambitions for zero waste and the initiatives he is cultivating to meet those goals.

Name: Vinny Valentino
Position: Sustainability Manager

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I started as a part-time bartender in the middle of March 2016. I pitched the Sustainability Manager position that Fall and began in that position in the middle of November 2016.

What is it you do here?
I design, implement, and manage our various sustainability initiatives focused on reducing the environmental impact in our operations and our supply chain. To better measure and manage these efforts, the sustainability program is split into four pillars:

Within each of these pillars are various projects that I implement and manage (such as energy efficiency, water use management, etc.), although the Community Partnerships are handled by our Outreach Coordinator, Jackie Kemble. That being said, some projects, such as zero waste programming for large events or diversion of our brewing byproduct, require working and partnering with various farms and agricultural groups around Columbus and Ohio. I manage these partnerships.

What exactly does “Mitigation of Life Cycle Impact” entail?
It’s a bit of a catch all. The “life cycle” of craft beer starts at the farms where we source the hops and grains that go into our beer, as well as the facilities we pull our malts from. Malting is a very energy intensive process, so we want to know how our suppliers source their energy. Then these ingredients are shipped here, so what kind of vehicles do our suppliers use? Large amounts of water, energy, and labor are required to turn those ingredients into our beer, which in turn is canned or kegged and sent to bars, restaurants, carry-outs, grocery stores, and stadiums throughout Central Ohio. That is our beer’s life cycle.

So, mitigating this means finding and creating initiatives that reduce our environmental impact throughout that entire cycle. In it’s infancy, our program is focusing on immediate steps we can take in our operations, but I’ve begun researching what we can do upstream and downstream from our brewery.

What’s next for sustainability at Land-Grant?
I’ve started talking to various farms around the Columbus area about how they might be able to use our brewing byproduct (spent grain, spent yeast, and trub) for their crops and animals. Right now we’re working with St. Stephen’s Community Center in Linden and Hoffman Farms in Hilliard, though I’d like to get a handful more involved so we can get most, if not all, of our byproduct out of our wastewater stream. That’d be a great step forward if we can do so by the end of the year.

I also just went through an energy audit of the whole building and there’s a lot of impactful first steps we can take to reduce the amount of energy we’re using throughout a brew day. And we just had our first zero waste event for the Homage x Land-Grant All-American BBQ where we had a 72.7% diversion rate. While it wasn’t quite zero waste, we did divert over 400 pounds from the landfill and learned a lot about how to be better next time (stay tuned for our Three-Year Anniversary party!).

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
I’m a fan of Thursday’s. Ajumama makes some delicious Korean street food and Nik is usually behind the bar, which means his fantastic playlist is probably on. For fans of kimchi and alt-folk rock, I definitely recommend Thursday.

Homage x Land-Grant All-American BBQ Photos

This past Saturday, we through a massive BBQ cdelebration to launch our HOMAGE collaboration beer, All-American Pale Ale. Ray Ray’s and Oh! Burgers were on the grills. Colin Mills, Osage, Old Middle Modern, Montezuma, and Doc Robinson provided the soundtrack. Bacca Coffee kept us caffeinated, and SOW Movement helped us clean up responsibly. Check out some photos from the day here, and head over to our Facebook page for the full album.

New Brew: Can Opener

Can Opener, Pool Party’s rowdy big brother, is an Imperial Pilsner ready to make a splash. Brewed with flaked corn to up the ante, it dives in with aromas of fresh cut flowers and citrus, and comes up for air with a spicy/black pepper finish. It’s a strong summer brew that’s guaranteed to get everyone in the deep end.

CAN OPENER STATS


STYLE: IMPERIAL PILSNER
ABV: 7.5%   IBU: 44
HOPS: TETTNANG, SAAZ, CENTENNIAL
MALTS: PILSEN, FLAKED CORN
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: GOBLET

New Brew: All American Pale

There are few patriotic pairs as perfect as stars and stripes, hops and barley, hamburgers and hotdogs, pools and parties… But, falling seamlessly in line with these iconic duos is the All-American mashup of Homage and Land-Grant. This collaborative Pale Ale combines Columbus, Ekuanot, Cashmere, and Comet hops for an herbaceous and citrusy beer that’s right at home in the backyard or the ballpark.

ALL AMERICAN STATS


STYLE: PALE ALE
ABV: 6.1%   IBU: 27
HOPS: COLUMBUS, EKUANOT, CASHMERE, COMET
MALTS: 2 ROW, CARACRYSTAL WHEAT
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT