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Columbus Craft Beer Week

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The first ever Columbus Craft Beer Week is nigh. It goes down May 1-9th in the Capital City, and there’s a whole smorgasbord of events happening around town. You can find info for all of the events we’re participating below, and you can check out our complete list of upcoming events calendar on our Events Page.

Saturday May 2 – Collaboration Beer Spotlight at the Taproom
We’ll be tapping our collaboration brew, Ghidorah -brewed with Four String and Sideswipe- at the taproom / more info

Sunday May 3 – Brunch with Land-Grant Brewing Company at Bar 145
Join us at Bar 145 for brunch / more info

Monday May 4 – May the Fourth Be With You at 16 Bit
16 Bit Bar + Arcade is hosting a Star Wars themed bash and we’re tapping a special beer for the event / more info

Tuesday May 5 – I-71 Ohio Brewers Pinball Championship at Yellow Brick
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 it’s busting out the pinball for this I-71 throwdown between ourselves, Rhinegeist, and Platform Beer Company / more info

Wednesday May 6 – Souvenir Pint Night and Trivia at Marshall’s
Join us at Marshall’s for a “keep the pint” event and trivia / more info



Thursday May 7 – Land-Grant Brewing Company and Actual Brewing Special Release at Bodega
Bodega is tapping special beers all week, and on Thursday we’ll be tapping a limited release beer on Thursday night / more info

Thursday May 7 – Bowling Tap Takeover at the Athletic Club of Columbus
The Columbus Athletic Club is opening up its newly rennovated bowling alley and will be pouring a variety of Columbus Craft Beers. / more info



Friday May 8 – Tapper Tournament Takeover at 16 Bit Bar + Arcade
Test your Tapper skills by going head to head with your favorite Local Brewery Reps and Brewers. / more info

Saturday May 9 – Ultimate Beer Run at Land-Grant
We’re playing host to the 2015 Ultimate Beer Run. A fun run like no other with craft beer sampling, outlandish costumes & a big party at the end! Music, games, giveaways, and food trucks! / more info

Saturday May 9 – Six One Pour at Brewmasters Gate
30 Ohio craft breweries, more than 100 Ohio craft beers plus great food and music in the historic Brewmasters Gate in the Brewery District! / more info

Vandal Shirt Update

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Vandal shirts are here! We’ve got them all sorted and organized, and they’re ready for you to pick up. Bring your order confirmation (or ID) and claim yours! Stick around, watch the snow fall, and Molly here will gladly pour you some beers.Beyond the t-shirts themselves, we’re ecstatic to be able to present the proceeds to the Gladden Community House and the Harmony Project, that’s a whopping $2,293.50 to each charity! Thanks to everyone who participated!

Vandalized!

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In the early morning hours of Sunday, December 7 2014, our barn-wood facade was vandalized by some “artists.” It’s a tough thing to see something you worked your ass off on be disrespected in such a blatant and targeted fashion. None-the-less, for every lazy vandal in town there’s countless more folks working to benefit both our awesome neighborhood of Franklinton and Columbus as a whole, and we wanted to take this careless act and use it to shine a light on some of the folks working towards a positive end. Thus we’re taking pre-orders on this t-shirt here, and we’ll donate 100% of the proceeds to our incredible neighbors, the Gladden Community House and The Harmony Project.

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We’ll be taking pre-orders for these up until Christmas and will ship them out early in the New Year. Help us take something ugly and turn it into something great.

Save the Date: Land-Grant Opens October 18th!

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It has been a long haul since completing our successful Kickstarter campaign all the way back in March of 2012, and we’re beyond excited to finally announce that the doors to Land-Grant Brewing Company will officially open to the public on Saturday, October 18th!

A lot of blood,sweat, and beers went into building the brewery and brewing our first batches, and we can’t wait to open the doors, let the public in, and share our beer with you. There are still details to come for the Opening, but you can expect: Land-Grant Beer on draft, some delicious guest taps, Brewery tours, a tasty food truck, and a whole lot of toasting.

You can follow along at the event’s official Facebook page as we fill in some of the details of the day. See you in a few weeks!

Let’s Try This Again…

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If you’ve been following the Land-Grant story, you may have read about –and possibly shared in– our excitement back in August, when we announced that we’d found a building for our brewery and taproom. That excitement lasted for exactly two blog posts until our landlord unceremoniously backed out on the deal, leaving us in a lurch. Well, today is the day we officially put all that unpleasantness behind us. Today is the day we announce that we’ve found a new home. 424 W.Town Street in Franklinton will be Land-Grant’s (New) Home Court!

Franklinton has always been on our radar as a great potential location for the brewery, but it wasn’t until recently that the building we would ultimately commit to became available. We’ve spent a good deal of time in the neighborhood over the past few months and the spirit, enthusiasm and ethic in the area is palpable. We can’t wait to join motivated and creative neighbors like 400 West Rich, Strongwater, the Columbus Idea Foundry, Rehab Tavern, Orange Barrel Media, Glass Axis, the Franklinton Tap Room and Wood.Metal.Art in building Franklinton into a cultural destination.

A little bit about our new space. The 12,000 square-foot facility was built in the 1920’s and was originally home to the Capital Lift & Manufacturing Company who used it to build elevators (here it is in those days). It has since seen a couple of additions, and lays out perfectly for a production brewery with an up-front taproom. The production space is large enough that we will be able to brew at the quantity and quality we’ve always envisioned while leaving room to expand into in the coming years. The tasting room will lay out nicely in the building’s front addition along Town Street, for which we’ve got some special plans that we’ll share with you soon. We’ve been working tirelessly with Mode Architects and Compton Construction on the design and permitting process and are hoping to break ground on construction soon. For now, there’s a lot of work to be done, we’re just happy to have a place to do it.

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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.

Land-Grant Has Found a Home Court!

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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