The new Columbus Crew SC Supporter beer, as voted on by the loyal fans, will be available in the taproom starting tomorrow, Friday April 5!
The new Columbus Crew SC Supporter beer, as voted on by the loyal fans, will be available in the taproom starting tomorrow, Friday April 5!
Every year in April, we devote one day to celebrating Mother Earth. But, at Land-Grant, we try to show the love all year long.
On Saturday, May 4th, join us for the Inaugural Sun-Grant Sustainable Beer Fest–a beer bash for the planet, our community partners, and the big strides we’ve made together to become an increasingly sustainable industry. We’ve invited serveral of our sustainability-minded brewing buddies to the Beer Garden to feature their beer as well as the efforts and initiatives they have going on at their brewery and in their community.
Many details to follow, but your $35 early-bird ticket (day-of tickets will be $40) includes:
Thanks for making 2018 an amazing year for Land-Grant! Yesterday, we were thrilled to announce two new year-round rotating-hop IPA series: Quadrahopic and Concentrate and today we’re excited to lay out our roadmap for 2019. Like any good roadtrip, there will be some deviation from our plotted course, some unplanned stops along the way, and plenty of surprises. So scout out the year ahead, amd mark your calendar for the return of your seasonal favorites, or old standbys. Cheers to another year of beer here in Franklinton.
We are excited to announce that we’ll kicking-off 2019 with a brand new rotating hop IPA series. Quadrahopic, an IPA brewed using a blend of four hop varietals, is poised to join the brewery’s year-round offerings, albeit with a quarterly twist: every 3 months, the hops change.
“Quadrahopic IPA is a showcase of 4 hops varieties that will rotate hop blends with the seasons in 2019,” says Director of Operations, Mark Richards. “It’s always interesting to see how the hops flavors play off one another to create a compelling blend of flavor and aroma in these approachable IPAs.”
Lead Brewer, Dan Shaffer shares Mark’s excitement for the new line, saying,: “Quadrahopic is the canvas for our hop palette; with some combination of new varieties, personal favs, and old classics, creating flavor and aroma that is greater than the sum of its parts.”
While the malt base of the beer remains the same, the hops aren’t the only thing that will change from season to season. Each edition of Quadrahopic will feature a new can label design with varying colors to highlight the intended flavor profile.
“For me, the introduction of this new series, along with its ‘sister’ series, Concentrate, let me have some fun and think outside of the design systems we’ve created here over the past four years,” says Creative Director, Walt Keys. “I looked at this new brand as a way to create something new that lives outside our seasonal and year-round brands, but still under the umbrella of what makes a ‘Land-Grant Beer’ look like a ‘Land-Grant Beer.'”
Quadrahopic IPA will retail for $9.99 per six-pack, and will be available in package and on draft beginning the first week in January 2019.
Today, we are proud to announce a new partnership with Columbus Distributing Co. for wholesale distribution. The partnership is part of our strategic growth plan to increase beer production and expand distribution throughout Central Ohio, and will allow more customers to enjoy our seasonal and limited-edition releases.
“We’ve had success self-distributing since we opened and have formed great relationships over the years. As we look toward the future, we need a partner with distribution expertise, a shared brewing vision and dedication to Central Ohio to continue our rapid growth,” says Adam Benner, Land-Grant president and co-owner. “Our partnership with Columbus Distributing allows us to expand production and offer a larger, wider selection of beers at more locations across our community, and we’re excited to do it alongside a company with the same commitment to Columbus as us.”
Starting July 29 2018, Columbus Distributing will handle Land-Grant’s Franklin County wholesale distribution. The partnership will allow Land-Grant to expand operations at their current Franklinton facility, as well as dedicate space to a quality assurance lab. The partnership will also expand Columbus Distributing’s craft beer offerings.
“As a family-owned Columbus business for 85 years, we look to partner with companies that are invested in the future of our shared community and want to build the success story that is Columbus, Ohio,” says Erik Jenkins, Columbus Distributing vice president of sales. “We admire Land-Grant’s charitable involvement and dedication to our community, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of bringing these phenomenal beers to beer lovers all over Columbus.”
The Columbus Distributing Company is a fifth generation family owned beer and beverage distribution business. It was the first wholesale beer distributor established in Ohio following the repeal of prohibition in 1933. Columbus Distributing maintains administrative offices and warehousing (130,000 square feet) at 4949 Freeway Drive East in Columbus, Ohio with an additional facility (43,000 square feet) at 1000 Freeway Drive North for keg sales, an in-house state of the art print shop, and point-of-sale merchandise storage.
Columbus Distributing is driven by its passion for great beer and dedication to its 225 employees. Providing quality value-added service to its customers is top of mind.
Partnering with various local non-profit groups and investing in responsible consumption programs in Columbus are very important to the company and its employees.
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!).
We, along with our good friends, Ray Ray’s Hog Pit, are excited to announce that we are partnering up to offer Ray Ray’s BBQ as our anchor food truck at our Franklinton taproom. In order to give you more opportunity to pair their award winning barbecue with our tasty craft beer, we’ll be extending our taproom hours and opening up at 11:30 on Thursdays and Fridays.
Beginning on Saturday, November 11th, Ray Ray’s will be Land-Grant’s dedicated foodtruck from Thursday through Sunday. Land-Grant will now open at 11:30 am on these days, offering both lunch and dinner services. All of your Ray Ray’s favorites will be on the menu, including smoked ribs, jerk chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork, and more! Plus, Ray Ray’s will be rolling out some new, delicious specials that will be exclusive to their Land-Grant location. Beyond sitdown lunch and dinner services, Ray Ray’s and Land-Grant will accommodate carry out customers, party platter preparation, as well as catering services for events taking place in the taproom. A complete menu is available below.
Land-Grant will be home to Ray Ray’s third location. Ray Ray’s Owner, James Anderson, also operates a foodtruck in Clintonville, and a walk-up window in Westerville. “I’m really excited to cook and serve my food down in Franklinton, right beside the best craft beer,” says Ray Ray’s Owner, James Anderson. “I love being part of the growth in such a cool part of town, and I feel at home here.”
“I have been a fan of Ray Ray’s since the food truck first pulled up in Clintonville,” says Land-Grant President, Adam Benner, “so, adding a hog pit to our taproom is pretty surreal and we feel very, very honored. I’ve always said that Barbecue is my favorite food group, and strongly believe Land-Grant will be a great home for Ray Ray’s.”
We’ll be hosting a Grand Opening celebration to welcome Ray Ray’s on November 11th and, just One week later, on Friday, November 17th, Ray Ray’s will be featured on the Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Land-Grant and Ray Ray’s will be hosting a watch party at the taproom, from 6-10pm. The show will air at 9 pm and the Ray Ray’s buffet will be served from 7-9 pm. The event is ticketed and will cost $5 with proceeds benefiting Franklinton Gardens.Tickets can be purchased in the coming days via Ray Ray’s Facebook Page.
Our hours and foodtruck schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday will remain the same. Monday’s are open for ordering-in/carry-in until our popular Euchre League in the winter, with Sunnyside Tacos set to return in the spring.
Today Land-Brewing Company we’re very excited to announce the launch of our Supporter Series line of collaboration beers, a project that grew out of its partnership with, and support for, Columbus Crew SC. The Supporter Series teams Land-Grant up with world class breweries from around the country that are closely aligned with their home-town MLS clubs. The series launches with an American Pale Ale brewed for Columbus’ match against Dallas with Texas brewery, Peticolas Brewing, and continues with a Hoppy Saison brewed with Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company.
“We created Glory American Wheat—and subsequently, For Columbus Black Lager—as beers brewed specifically for Columbus supporters and their pre and mid-match rituals.” says Land-Grant Co-Founder and President, Adam Benner,“ We knew that we weren’t the only brewery out there with a passion for soccer, and thought it could be fun to bring rival sides together over well crafted beer.”
Brewed to commemorate Columbus’ August 26th match against Dallas, Matchday Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale that combines one of Peticolas’ signature hop bills with one of Land-Grant’s. “This is a massive day for us. Soccer runs throughout our veins,” says Michael Peticolas of Peticolas Brewing Company, “We’ve supported FC Dallas for years and regularly host FC Dallas supporter group tailgates, but nothing beats being able to finally enjoy one of our beers while watching the local club on the pitch.”
The second brew in the series, created for Crew SC’s September 10th match against Kansas City, combines Land-Grant’s supporter beer, Glory American Wheat, with Boulevard’s popular Sporting Saison to create Stoppage Time Hoppy Saison. This beer is a spicy refreshing Saison aged on Missouri Oak and brewed with Ohio Spelt and Honey. “We’ve had a wonderful partnership with Sporting Kansas City over the past few years,” says Boulevard’s Brewmaster, Steven Pauwels, “including the creation of Sporting Saison back in 2015. This seemed like a prime opportunity to take that connection to a new level, and further strengthen those ties between MLS and craft beer. We’re excited to work with Land-Grant and share Stoppage Time with Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew SC fans alike.”
Both beers will be available in cans and on draft. Matchday American Pale Ale (Peticolas) will launch in the Land-Grant taproom on Wednesday, August 9 and Stoppage Time Hoppy Saison (Boulevard) will debut on Sunday, August 27. The collaborations will also be available at events leading up to the matches as well as at Mapfre Stadium on the respective matchdays. Both beers will retail for $9.99 per six pack.
Brewing beer requires large amounts of energy, agricultural ingredients, packaging material, water, and labor all to ferment and be poured in a single glass. We get hops, malts, and barley from all over the country and the world; boiling and cooling a single batch is incredibly energy intensive; at times a single barrel of beer can require up to six or seven barrels of water to make. If sustainability is best defined as meeting the needs of the present without preventing future generations from meeting their own needs, then brewing without caution to resources can be pretty unsustainable. So we asked ourselves how can we be become a better and more sustainable member of Columbus and the craft brewing industry.
From the beginning, instilling sustainable practices within the Land-Grant business model was something we wanted to do. But in the madness of launching and the small staff with which we started, a focus sustainability took a back seat to existing. Two years and thirty staff members later, we were able to begin focusing in earnest on becoming as sustainable as possible.
The diverse economy of brewing allows us to pursue many different facets of sustainability in our business: energy efficiency, water stewardship, supply chain management, waste management, wastewater diversion, etc. While becoming sustainable will require technological upgrades to our brewhouse and building, it will also require deep community partnerships and an engaged staff.
At the beginning of our third year, we surveyed our staff to find what they thought were the most important environmental changes we could affect as a company. We then aggregated these results, and came up with four major pillars of our new sustainability initiatives:
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, removing our brewing byproduct from our wastewater, lowering the impact of our supply chain, and partnering with different farmers and environmental organizations throughout Columbus and Ohio to make a healthier, better, cleaner world.
We’ve set some aggressive goals for ourselves over the next three years, aiming to greatly reduce our impact, our waste, our emissions and become one of the most-sustainable breweries our size in the midwest. But with enough time, a caring staff, and neighbors we can rely on, we’ll be able to pull it off.
Check out our new sustainability page to learn more about the initiatives we’ve launched in 2017 and check back in the coming months as we get more programs up and running.
Back for its third year, the Land-Grant Monday Night Euchre League returns to the taproom on January 16th at 6pm. We’ve made a few tweaks to the format to speed up play, ensure a full slate each week, and, of course make it easier to get a cold beer. Details of the 2017 league are below.
> Space for 34 two person teams, pre-register your team via the form below for a guaranteed spot each week. Teams that do not arrive for play, or do not complete the 5 games will forfeit their guaranteed spot. Resulting empty slots will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis.
> Free pizza is provided for competitors by our good friends at Yellow Brick Pizza
> Play starts promptly at 6 PM
> Play will be limited to 25 minutes/game with 5 min to get to next table
> Season will last 10 weeks with a seeded tournament to follow
> League begins January 16
> The Championship Tournament will be played March 27 with seeding determined by accumulated points and standings from league play
> We will be offering table service during league play this year