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Last day in Burrell

This is a tough post to write. As you know, we recently announced—with a great deal of excitement and fanfare—that we had put a cap on our long and arduous property search. We signed a contract for a perfect building in Grandview. The ink was dry, everything was official and we wanted to shout it from the mountaintops. We’d met the awesome neighbors, TacoCat Cooperative and Trident Design, and their enthusiasm was nearly as high as ours. We brought our architect, engineers and vendors online, and were ready to present to the city of Grandview Heights for permitting, allowing us to finally break ground. That’s when our landlord decided they wanted out and terminated our lease…

Yes, you read that right.

Without disclosing all of the details here, suffice it to say that the landlord will not return our calls. We’ve turned the matter over to our lawyers.

This turn of events has been puzzling at the least; somewhat devastating at the worst.

So, this is yet another start-up lesson we’ve learned, and in the game of chutes and ladders, another chute. We’re not going to be bitter about this turn of events—if this is how other businesses choose to operate, it’s on them. On the bright side, we’re happy that this happened now. We learned early enough—before equipment was installed and renovations were complete—that this landlord was not the kind of outfit we want to do business with ultimately. (That would have been a much much larger mess to clean up.)

Stay tuned for what’s next, and as always, thanks for sticking with us.

“Before” Photos

Land-Grant Exterior

Now that we have the keys to the castle, so to speak, I was able to get in and take some “before” photos of the cavernous space. As you can see, we’ve got a lot to work with. The facility is pretty bare-bones right now, so we’ve definitely got our work cut out for us, but we wanted to give you a glimpse inside before we fill it with all kinds of fun stuff.

Land-Grant Interior Before

This is from the front of the building, where the tap room will be, looking toward the production floor in the back.

Land-Grant Interior Before 2

Here’s the reverse angle, looking toward the front from the very back. Note the awesome wooden trusswork; rafters just waiting for banners.

As we move forward through design and construction, we’ll be sure to post more photos of the process.

Now that you’ve seen the “Before,” we can’t wait ’til we can show you the “After” in person.

What’s Next?

LG_Timeline

So, now that we have announced our cavernous new digs, and have this new website to tell you all about it, the question we’ve gotten a lot over the past few days has been: “Okay, so you signed a lease, when can we come taste the beer?”

Adam and I were talking about this yesterday, and he described the timeline as a game of Chutes and Ladders, which at first I thought was a pretty apt metaphor, you can fall back and you can jump forward until, eventually, you get to the finish line. Though, as I thought about it, there was a major hole in the logic. In opening a brewery, or any business for that matter, you don’t just land in a special place and get to skip straight to the end where you’re sipping a glorious, perfectly brewed, Imperial IPA at your immaculate new bar. Starting a brewery is more like a game of just Chutes. You have to take every step along the way, there’s no jumping ahead, and if you’re not meticulous (or have a stroke of bad luck) you can always get knocked back a few moves.

Truth is, opening a brewery is a complicated process, and now that we have a facility, the concurrent timelines for a lot of moving parts have started.

I am a visual person, so I put those theoretical timelines in terms I could easily understand. Above is a chart showing the (extremely generalized) steps to come. Each of those bars contains a multitude of tasks and processes that must be completed to open the brewery that we’ve envisioned. Some of the steps may take longer than what I’ve projected, but some may get done quicker than we expect. We’re trying to remain pretty conservative with our projections, but everything is shaping up nicely for an opening early in 2014.

Things can change though, so stay tuned here for updates as the project progresses.

Land-Grant Has Found a Home Court!

Land-Grant Announcemnt

It’s with great excitement that we announce that we’ve signed a lease on a brewing and tap room facility. The Land-Grant Brewing Company will officially be located in a 20,000-square-foot warehouse at 945 Burrell Avenue in historic Grandview Heights.

If you’ve talked to any of the Land-Grant team members over the past year or so, surely we mentioned just how much time and energy has been poured into our real estate search. What we thought would be one of the more fun and exciting steps turned out to be one of the most difficult processes we’ve faced. We refused to compromise our vision of a centrally-located, full-production brewery and tap room—and while our dedication may have slowed things down, it ultimately paid off. The warehouse is an enormous space that will allow us to create the large production brew-house we set out to build, as well as a unique and spacious tap room.

Location was a big sticking point for us—our vision has always been a centrally-situated destination defined by a tight-knit, local community. Grandview Heights and the adjacent Grandview Yard couldn’t be a more fitting setting to bring that to life. The icing on the proverbial cake is that the barrel-vaulted space will let us expand and grow without the need for relocation in the foreseeable future. Needless to say, we’re beyond thrilled.

There are still a great number of steps to go (design, permits, construction, licensing, and finally, brewing!), but the ink has dried on the lease—it’s the lynchpin we’ve been waiting for to get the next steps in motion.

Now the real fun begins and we’ll be documenting it on our shiny new blog. You can also follow along on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for taking the time to check us out. We hope you come along for the ride—or at the very least, meet us at the finish line when we open our doors and taps.

Cheers!

— the Land-Grant Team