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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.

Video : Recycling a Barn

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.

CBC 2014: A Mile High Recap

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Land-Grant 2014 Bracket Brawl Update

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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 cheers@landgrantbrewing.com.

Thanks to everyone for participating. We’ll all make better picks next year…

Greetings From Denver!

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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.