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.

Buildout Update : Demo

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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.

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We were awfully excited to pull this sign down.

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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.

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Salvage

We’ve been careful to pull out any materials we think we can reclaim and salvage for various uses throughout the facility.

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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…

Announcing the Land-Grant 2014 Bracket Brawl!

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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:

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1st Place: Front-Zip Hoodie
2nd Place: Beanie
3rd Place: Set of two Land-Grant pint glasses
4th Place: T-Shirt

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.

Good luck!

Brewery Photos

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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.

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