People Behind the Pint: Kayla Chandler

If you’ve ever visited our taproom, you’ve surely met Kayla, Land-Grant’s bartender, customer experience extraordinaire, and human flow chart. When she’s not striving to make your taproom experience exceptional, she’s keeping quite busy adventuring with The Campfire Experience and her two little kiddos! Whew!”

Name: Kayla Chandler
Position: Bartender & Customer Experience Lead

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I have worked at Land-Grant since March 2016.

What is it you do here?
I’m a bartender! For those of you who may not understand what that means, at Land-Grant, as bartenders, we are somewhat of a human flow chart to help you decide which kind of beer you should drink. That’s right–I know you better than you know you. My favorite customers are those who tell me they don’t like beer. This becomes a personal challenge for me to find the right fit.

In addition to bartending, I recently started as a Customer Experience Lead. Not many days go by when Land-Grant isn’t hosting a fundraiser, 30th birthday celebration, or party of some sort. I ensure that these events run smoothly and help to create finishing touches of hospitality.

The Land-Grant bar staff is essentially family–what are the pros and cons of working with your closest friends?
The bar staff spends a lot of time together, whether we like it or not. Truth is, the staff is a huge part of why I enjoy coming to work. Each person on our staff is creative and ambitious in their own way, and with all of our traits combined, we make an exceptional team… if I do say so myself!

Con–sometimes it is difficult for everyone to find time to hang out outside of work!

Outside of Land-Grant, you are involved with The Campfire Experience, plus you’re a mother! How many hours do you have in your day?
Enough to balance everything! Outside of Land-Grant I work for a company called The Campfire Experience, a luxury adventuring brand, as a manager of custom events. We specialize in creating upscale outdoorsy events for brands, festivals and weddings. I oversee one of our signature events called Campfire Sessions–intimate music performances in unique spaces, recorded live. The process of scouting locations and bands is what I find most enjoyable.

I am also a mother of a 2 year-old and a 3 year-old! Watching my children develop and grow has been the most rewarding and fascinating experience of my life. It’s important for me to balance a busy work schedule and spend the most quality time with them.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
I recently worked my first Hickory + Oak Supper Club at the brewery. It was cool to see the taproom transform into somewhat of a “speak-easy” where guests are seated at communal tables with candlelight, sharing special plates that are selectively paired with unusual beers. Can Ray Ray’s please tell me how they made a simple carrot taste so good?

Want to catch up on our previous ‘People behind the Pint’ entries? You can do just that right here.
Want to work with the Customer Experience Leads to plan your event at LG? Drop a line right here.

Bracket Brawl 2018

It’s that time of year… this Sunday is Selection Sunday, the harbinger of the Madness to come… the NCAA Basketball Tournament looms large next Thursday (March 15th). We’ll be open (along with our friends and BBQ experts, Ray Ray’s) at 11:30 on Thursday and Friday for all of the action, so play hooky and join us in the taproom. Sweeten the pot and enter the Land-Grant 2018 Bracket Brawl and win yourself some Land-Grant prizes!

1st Place – A $40.00 Land-Grant Gift Certificate
2nd place – Set of two Land-Grant Glasses
3rd Place – Choice of Land-Grant T-Shirt
4th place – Land-Grant Hat

Entry information:
1. Visit this link: http://bit.ly/2018-LG-bracket
2. Sign-in or register for an account
3. Join our Group “Land-Grant Brewing 2018”
4. Enter the case-sensitive password: ohsure2018
5. Fill out your bracket

New Brew: Space-Grant: Binary Star

Binary Star continues our annual exploration of the blackest realms of “Lupular” space. Cascade and Simcoe Cryo hops circle one another in a cosmic tango, bleeding their celestial force into one another before exploding in a supernova of floral and citrus hop energy before collapsing into a deep, dark black hole of dark malt, roasty mystery. Raise your glass to the heavens and marvel at this spectacular force of nature.

GODSPEED STATS


STYLE: BLACK IPA
ABV: 7.8%   IBU: 40
HOPS: CASCADE CRYO, SIMCOE CRYO
MALTS: PALE, CARAMEL AROMATIC, VICTORY, MIDNIGHT WHEAT, BLACKPRINZ
SEASON: SPRING
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: GOBLET

People Behind The Pint: Dan Shaffer

With some excellent and varied beers dropping in the coming weeks (Batch 300, Spring Quarter, Space-Grant) we figured it was high-time to check in with our Lead Brewer, Dan Shaffer. Dan speaks softly but with a sharp wit and earned wisdom, making him right at home in the brewery, and on our new weekly podcast “Beers With the Brewers.”

Name: Dan Shaffer
Position: Lead Brewer

How long have you been at Land-Grant?
I started in the fall of 2016.

What is it you do here?
In general, I make beer. Specifically, I’m involved in all the steps leading up to providing our packaging team with brite beer to put into cans and kegs. The rest of my time goes towards educating our staff about beer, refining processes in the brewery, and developing new recipes.

What is your favorite beer to brew?
There's a real excitement to brewing a new recipe or trying a new technique, but I take a lot of pleasure in dialing in a staple like Stiff-Arm, our IPA. There's great satisfaction in knowing how a brew is progressing just by touch and feel (and of course smell).

We're going to be hearing a lot more from you on the Beers With The Brewers Podcast–tell us more about that!
When I first started home brewing, I wanted to feed my head with as much information as possible. Great podcasts like "Basic Brewing Radio" and "Brewing with Style" were as important to my beer education as my brewing degree. I'm hoping that with "Beers With The Brewers" we can not only inform people about our beers, but also relay some of the information I've accrued over the years about beer styles and brewing history. Hopefully it will inspire someone to try a beer that is outside their comfort zone, or maybe revisit an old classic.

What is your favorite day of the week at the brewery?
A brewer's schedule is so varied that it's hard to pick a particular day, but I love getting in before everyone on the early brew. It's quiet and the smell of the grain in the mash tun (and Ray Ray's meat in the smoker) wakes up your senses. The sun peaks up over the brewery windows, people stumble in one or two at a time and the place starts to buzz; delivery drivers load their trucks, can hands build boxes and load cans, the cellarman fires up the centrifuge and the bar staff take down stools and polish the bar top for the lunch crowd. A brewery is a living, breathing thing, and not just in the sense that we rely on living organisms to ferment our beer. Not to get too sappy, but without the people it's just a bunch of stainless steel.

Want to catch up on our previous ‘People behind the Pint’ entries? You can do just that right here.

Introducing the Beers With The Brewers Podcast!

Every Wednesday at 3:30pm, the Land-Grant staff files upstairs, passes a pitcher of the latest batch of beer, and tastes it together with the brewers guiding the conversation. We started recording these tastings for the folks who couldn’t make it, and ta-da!: we have a podcast! Pull up a stool, crack open a can, and enjoy a cold beer with the Land-Grant Brewing team.

The series kicks off with the taproom classic, Stiff-Arm, and stay tuned because our new release, Spring Quarter, is up next! So, crack open a Stiff-Arm, turn up the volume, and have a drink with Dan (our Lead Brewer, the star of Beers With The Brewers, and this month’s Person Behind the Pint!).

First Episode!


2017 Sustainability and Community Report

Brewing beer requires large amounts of energy, agricultural ingredients, packaging material, water, and labor all to be fermented and poured in a single glass. Since the beginning, we’ve wanted to be a brewery that brews with championship integrity. When we opened, our skeleton crew wasn’t able to pursue sustainability while also brewing, kegging, canning, delivering, bartending, and getting ourselves off the ground. Three years later and thirty-plus employees larger, we’ve been able to pursue sustainable brewing at last.

In 2017 we launched Sun-Grant, our formal Sustainability Program that aims to organize, measure, manage, and pursue our various environmental and communal initiatives. These initiatives are housed in the four pillars of the Sun-Grant Program:

  1. MITIGATION OF LIFE CYCLE IMPACT
  2. REDUCTION OF CARBON FOOTPRINT
  3. WATER STEWARDSHIP
  4. DEEP COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

These pillars, and the initiatives within them, reflect the common themes that we seek to address in our sustainability program: reduction of greenhouse gases, closing loops, minimizing waste, decreasing our water use intensity, diverting brewing byproduct from our wastewater, lowering the impact of our supply chain, and partnering with different farmers, environmental organizations, and community groups throughout Columbus and Ohio to make a healthier, better, cleaner world.

Our Sun-Grant program’s first year was focused on taking a holistic approach, with the aim of making progress and creating programs within each of the four pillars. Because of this, we were able to begin to mitigate every bit of our environmental impact, but as a Jack-of-All-Trades, Master-of-None.

We also launched our first Sun-Grant beer: Ra, a Fossil-Free Honey Blonde Ale, made with Ohio-grown Cascade hops, Ohio amber honey, and Rahr Malt’s fossil-free malts. Ra is the first in our Sun-Grant Series, and sales from each pour and six-pack went into our Sun-Grant Fund (more on that later).

Part of our mission here at Land-Grant is to make sure that we are ensuring Long Term Community Sustainability here in our neighborhood and beyond. You help us do this every day by patronizing our taproom and buying delicious beer out at your favorite shops and bars. This year, Land-Grant donated over 1% of our gross revenue to local area initiatives under the tiers of Education, Sustainability and Community Building, continuing our commitment to responsibly steward our resources for the greater good. We were able to donate a little under $50,000 in 2017.

Within this report you’ll see some examples of what programs we created, what worked, what didn’t work, and what we’re going to do about it. As always, we couldn’t do this without the continued support of our patrons, customers, and the Columbus community. Raise a glass to yourselves and read on to learn more.

New Brew: The Corsica

The Corsica is a juicy Northeast IPA brewed in collaboration with our good friends (and Columbus craft beer stalwarts), The Daily Growler. This citrusy Northeast-style Double IPA is brewed with candied citron and rides high on hazy, frothy swells of peach, orange, and tangerine aroma. Pop on your flops, cook up some brunch, set your course, and raise the sails.

THE CORSICA STATS


STYLE: NEW ENGLAND STYLE DOUBLE IPA with CANDIED CITRON
ABV: 7.2%   IBU: 92
HOPS: LIBERTY
MALTS: PILSEN, FLAKED RICE, FLAKED CORN, MUNICH
COLLABORATOR: THE DAILY GROWLER
SEASON: FALL
CONTAINER:
KEGS / CANS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

Merry Christmas from Land-Grant!

We’d like to take a moment and wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year! Thanks for enjoying so many great brews with us in 2017, and we look forward to raising a glass in 2018. The taproom is CLOSED today, but will resume regular hours tomorrow.

New Brew: The Last Red-Eye

Sometimes it feels like you woke up a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, and a little pick-me-up would do you some good. The last Red-Eye was brewed in collaboration with our friends from the Rogue Squadron Podcast with Columbus-roasted espresso from our Franklinton neighbors, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters. In addition to Stauf’s Odarrec espresso, this beer was brewed with Kiln coffee malt, creating lighter drinking porter with rich, roasty flavor that will open your eyes and leave you with a sense that perhaps the dark side isn’t so bad after all.

THE LAST RED-EYE STATS


STYLE: COFFEE + ESPRESSO PORTER
ABV: 6.2%   IBU: 18
HOPS: CHINOOK, CASCADE
MALTS: 2 ROW, KILN COFFEE, CARAMEL, PALE CHOCOLATE, GOLDEN NAKED OATS
INGREDEINTS: STAUF’S ODARREC ESPRESSO
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: BELGIAN

New Year’s Eve at Land-Grant!

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?! We suggest that you say “so long” to 2017, and count down to 2018 with your friends at Land-Grant!

Your all-inclusive ticket includes:

  • Land-Grant Beer
  • Cider
  • Wine
  • Lyft Code for ride home (up to $20)
  • Ray Ray’s Finger Foods Buffet (Wings, Sliders, Etc)
  • Midnight Toast

Be sure to wear your best dancing shoes because–we won’t be doing this often, but–we’re transforming the production brewery into a full-fledged dance party, and we’re keeping this LIMITED TO JUST 125 PEOPLE–meaning you’ll have plenty of room to bust out your best moves.

Tickets are SUPER limited, so don’t delay! Round up your friends and make those plans. It will be the best decision you make in 2017. Cheers to New Year’s!

*Liquor and Cocktails available for purchase at bar
**ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE 21+ YEARS OLD**

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