Yesterday was Earth Day; to celebrate, the team took a trip to rural Ohio to reclaim siding from a barn that had been tagged for demolition. The barn was raised way back in 1884 (just 22 years after the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862), but was recently struck by lightning and had to come down. The wood will be reused on the exterior of the brewery, and we were also able to salvage some other awesome pieces that we’ll share with you a little later. Check out the short time-lapse video above to relive our day.
Last week the Land-Grant team took a little field trip to one of America’s craft brewing mecca’s: Denver, Colorado. We headed west to attend our second Craft Brewer’s Conference, we learned a lot, met a ton of awesome people, got a little time on the slopes and generally had a blast.
For those who are unfamiliar with CBC, there are essentially three aspects to the event:
1. The Conference CBC provides educational seminars on everything from Sustainability to Distribution to “Selling your Beer in Sweden using the Systembolaget.” No matter your role in the brewing process there is knowledge to be gleaned at CBC.
2. BrewExpo America Throughout CBC, a brewing trade show runs concurrently to the conference It gives brewers a glimpse of all the latest toys for making, packaging, selling, and serving their beer. Leave your wallet at home.
The Trade Show floor
3. The Events Once the convention show has closed its doors for the day, that’s when the real fun starts. Breweries save some of their best stuff for tapping during CBC, and love throwing parties to celebrate the occasion. For instance, Lagunitas and Left Hand joined forces and hosted a blow-out bash at the Fillmore Auditorium and booked the Funky Meters to provide the soundtrack. There’s no shortage of things to do—or beers to try—after hours at CBC.
Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Tapping Event at the Falling Rock Tap House
Beyond the official events, the real highlight of CBC is the opportunity to meet your fellow brewers—from the midwest and around the world—in person. We were thrilled to meet folks from Mad Tree, Country Boy, Braxton Brewing, Seventh Son, 4String, Elevator, Wolf’s Ridge, Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Co., Columbus Brewing Co., Vitruvian, Brewery X, Grist, and a whole bunch more.
Speaking of Grist Brewing, on Wednesday night our brewhouse manufacturer, Sprinkman, invited us to visit their brewery and taproom. We hopped on a bus to their facility, and spent a few great hours sampling their beers and checking out their setup. Their brewhouse was of particular interest to us, as it is, essentially, the same Sprinkman system that we will be brewing on here in Columbus. They brewed a batch of their tasty Berliner Weisse while we were there and it was a joy to see the system in motion in a real brewery setting.
Grist Brewing’s Bar
Grist Brewing’s Sprinkman Brewhouse
All in all, it was an amazing week that began sunny and 70° and ended atop Vail Mountain in a blizzard. We had a fabulous time in Denver, and are already looking forward to CBC 2015 in Portland, Oregon.
That’s a wrap! The tournament has come to an end, and so has the 2014 Land-Grant Bracket Brawl. Exactly zero people had UCONN bringing hoe the hardware, but someone has to win, here are your champions:
1st Place: Z Money
2nd Place: Libby Gierach
3rd Place: Rob Johnson
4th Place: Big Dave T.F.M.
We’ve notified the winners via ESPN with instructions for claiming your prize. If you did not receive a note, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to everyone for participating. We’ll all make better picks next year…
The Land-Grant team is spending the week in glorious Colorado at the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference. This is our second year attending, and it’s a truly great event. Follow along with us all week over on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Now that the building has been secured and the site plan has been approved by the East Franklinton Review Board, we can finally start getting our hands dirty. While we wait to receive our permits to begin construction proper, we’ve pulled a Removal Start permit which allows us to start some interior demo to get the old building ready for its facelift. It’s amazing to see the transformation taking place, even so early on. We’ve been documenting the whole process, and we’ve got some photos to share.
We were awfully excited to pull this sign down.
One of the first things we did was strip back the wallpaper and drywall to see what kind of condition the original façade was in. To our great surprise, not only was the brick in great shape, but the original windows were still intact.
We’ve been careful to pull out any materials we think we can reclaim and salvage for various uses throughout the facility.
We’ll be sure to post more photos as we move forward to give you a sense of our progress and give you a look behind the curtain of assembling a brewery. So, stay tuned…
Hi there, sports fans. The snow has (mostly) melted and the mercury is (slowly) rising, which means spring is upon us. More importantly, though, the improving weather is a harbinger for the approaching NCAA Basketball Tournament. We here at Land-Grant traditionally get pretty worked up this time of year, and we want to invite you to join in the hoopla with us. We give you: the 2014 Land-Grant Bracket Brawl.
It’s pretty simple, join our group over at ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, fill out a bracket and watch it fall apart. Whoever gets it the least wrong will win some Land-Grant swag from our newly opened shop. Here’s the prize breakdown:
To participate, use the info below to add your bracket to our group:
Group: Land-Grant Bracket Brawl
Group Password: GusFor3
Update: ESPN reset the group password for some reason, but it has been rectified.
Note: You will need to register an account with ESPN’s Tournament Challenge to participate, and be sure to use a valid email so we can get in touch if you win.
We’re excited to announce that the Land-Grant online shop is open for business. We’ll be adding more and more to its virtual shelves as we approach our grand opening, but for now head on over to purchase hoodies, beanies, and glassware.
We’ve got just a few t-shirts left (well, these went quick), but we’ll be getting more of those in stock soon.
Hopefully we beat the 97.98 day average processing time. Next up on the brewing permit front: the Ohio A1C Manufacturer of Beer Permit.
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The new East Franklinton facility offers tons of industrial character and experience. As I did with the previous building, I wanted to capture the “before” state of the building, as things are going to look drastically different once we’ve completed the renovation and build-out. Here are some photographs I took of the brewing and the exterior.
If you’ve been following the Land-Grant story, you may have read about –and possibly shared in– our excitement back in August, when we announced that we’d found a building for our brewery and taproom. That excitement lasted for exactly two blog posts until our landlord unceremoniously backed out on the deal, leaving us in a lurch. Well, today is the day we officially put all that unpleasantness behind us. Today is the day we announce that we’ve found a new home. 424 W.Town Street in Franklinton will be Land-Grant’s (New) Home Court!
Franklinton has always been on our radar as a great potential location for the brewery, but it wasn’t until recently that the building we would ultimately commit to became available. We’ve spent a good deal of time in the neighborhood over the past few months and the spirit, enthusiasm and ethic in the area is palpable. We can’t wait to join motivated and creative neighbors like 400 West Rich, Strongwater, the Columbus Idea Foundry, Rehab Tavern, Orange Barrel Media, Glass Axis, the Franklinton Tap Room and Wood.Metal.Art in building Franklinton into a cultural destination.
A little bit about our new space. The 12,000 square-foot facility was built in the 1920’s and was originally home to the Capital Lift & Manufacturing Company who used it to build elevators (here it is in those days). It has since seen a couple of additions, and lays out perfectly for a production brewery with an up-front taproom. The production space is large enough that we will be able to brew at the quantity and quality we’ve always envisioned while leaving room to expand into in the coming years. The tasting room will lay out nicely in the building’s front addition along Town Street, for which we’ve got some special plans that we’ll share with you soon. We’ve been working tirelessly with Mode Architects and Compton Construction on the design and permitting process and are hoping to break ground on construction soon. For now, there’s a lot of work to be done, we’re just happy to have a place to do it.