Our First Brew!

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With construction, permitting, and occupancy all wrapped up, we finally got a chance to do what we set out to do 2.5 years ago…brew beer!

Last week Jamie brewed our first official batch of Land-Grant beer on our Sprinkman brew house, and the 20 BBL batch of Brown Ale is fermenting away as we speak. Here are a few photos from our first brew day, and stay tuned for info on when you can taste some of the brew for yourself.

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Behold, the Transformative Power of Barn Wood

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If you’ve been following along, you may remember that we took a little trip in the Spring to help take down an and salvage an old barn near Marion. That wood has sat in storage until yesterday, when it went up on the front facade of the Land-Grant taproom. We’re biased, but we think the transformation is pretty remarkable.

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Permitted!

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Today, we marked another big milestone at Land-Grant HQ: the issuing of our State Brewer’s A1C Permit. Pairing that with our TTB issued Federal Brewer’s Permit, we’re one step (official building occupancy) away from full-on operation. Lots of hard work by a lot of dedicated folks has things humming along both in the production area and in the tap-room, and construction should come to a close soon.

Be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest updates, as we hope to announce information on opening dates and event soon!

The Brewhouse Is Here!

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It was a HUGE day on Tuesday here at Land-Grant HQ, as our Sprinkman brewhouse and ABT cellar were delivered and shimmied into their places. There were some tight squeezes to get everything where it needed to be, but after two long days everything is in its right place. In a few weeks —if all goes well— we should have all the utilities hooked up to the system, and we can get to brewing.

I’ve posted some choice photos here, and you can view a full gallery of the day over on our facebook page.

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Video : Construction 001

Our latest documentary time-lapse video gives you glimpse into all the hard work that goes into a brewery floor. Digging trenches for drains, laying drainage pipes, and finally pouring a brand new concrete slab over the whole thing. The new floors are something we’ve been looking forward to since we signed the lease, and they truly transform the space.

This certainly won’t be our last construction video, so stay tuned for more in the coming weeks. Cheers!

152nd Anniversary of the Land-Grant Act

152nd Anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862

With the World Cup, Red White and Boom, and Independence Day, you probably don’t need another reason to celebrate this week. The intrepid revelers, however, can raise a glass to the 152nd Anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act, signed into law by President Lincoln on this day in 1862! Cheers!

Read-up on the Land-Grant Act here.

The Brewhouse is Ready and Waiting!

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Earlier this week we got a nice note from W.M. Sprinkman letting us know that our 20bbl brewhouse was complete, and ready to roll. A lot of hardworking Milwaukee folks leant their hands in building the system, and they were nice enough to pose for the “family photo” you see above. We can’t wait to see it sitting atop our gorgeous new floors.

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Video : USA vs. Ghana

USA defeats Ghana at Land-Grant Brewing Company

On Monday evening we hosted a small group of people at the brewery to show them around and take in the USA’s first match of the 2014 World Cup. The game was projected on a massive screen we built in the Columbus Idea Foundry’s parking lot, and luckily the #USMNT ensured all had a great time by delivering a thrilling 2-1 victory over Ghana. Here’s a time-lapse of the evening:

Video : Demolition

Over the past few weeks, the Land-Grant team, as well as a crew of demo experts have been working to clear out our old elevator factory and get it cleaned out, fixed up, and prepped for the construction process. We couldn’t let such hard work go unseen. So, naturally, we’ve documented it in the time-lapse video presented here. Enjoy.

We’re In The Paper!

Columbus Dispatch Franklinton Article

This morning, the Columbus Dispatch ran an excellent front-page article on the bright future of our neighborhood, Franklinton. The piece featured quotes from —and a glorious photo of— our own Adam Benner. Check out the photo in full color, and read the article on the Dispatch‘s site.