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Ohio Made Awards’ 2016 Outstanding Ohio Brand

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We are beyond honored to be named the 2016 Outstanding Ohio Brand by the Ohio Made Awards. You don’t develop a brand to win awards, you do it to tell your story and to represent the amazing hard work that goes on here at 424 W. Town Street, that being said recognition like this is humbling and a validation of the commitment of our entire staff to put out an incredible product. Cheers to all of the other fine recipients and participants!

A Note on Quality: Floaties, Bits, and Sediment

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Envision it: After a long hard days work out in the hot sun, you get home and crack open a nice cold can of our 1862 Ale to enjoy whilst sitting outside on a patio. You prop your feet up and recline in your chair, taking the first sip of this clean and crisp german inspired, american influenced Kölsch. Trying to fully amplify the aromatic qualities of the beer, you go inside and decide pour it into your pint glass. You look at the glorious white head that is forming and start to appreciate the light yellow-gold color, but that’s when you notice them….floaties….bits, almost like dark snowflakes floating in your delicious beer. This is not very appetizing.

We agree with you.

This is not the way we want to present our product. We want you to be able to enjoy every aspect of our beer, not just the flavors and aromas. Although this sediment does not affect the flavor of the beer, the unattractive appearance is not up to the standards that we hold ourselves to.

Over the past few weeks, some of you have come to us with questions and concerns regarding these “floaties,” so in an attempt to shine a light on the topic we have decided to answer a few of the more commonly asked questions, as well as letting you know what we are doing to aid in the elimination of any future particulate in our cans.

What is this sediment made of?
We have found that the sediment is mainly composed of yeast with small traces of protein and hop particulate. None of these things are harmful nor do they change the flavor of the product.

Where does it come from?
YEAST: These wonderful little creatures are what makes beer…well…beer. Every strain of yeast has its own personality, and is better at some things than others. Our Kölsch yeast is great at making a crisp beer with minimal production of off aromas or flavors. It is great at fermenting almost all the sugars we give it to eat. What it is not the greatest at is flocculating. Flocculation occurs when yeast cells bind to one another to make larger particles that drop out of the beer and settle at the bottom of a tank.

PROTEIN: 1862 Ale has a malt bill that includes grains with more protein than most of the other beers in our arsenal. This, along with the generous dose of hops that go into it, makes for a great opportunity for tannins from the hops and proteins from the malts to react and form insoluble products.

HOP PARTICLES: With great hop aroma comes a great amount of hops in the beer. That also means a great amount that must be taken out of the beer. Like most breweries we use hop pellets as our hop product of choice. These pellets, when introduced into the beer, break apart into very tiny particles that impart their flavor and aroma into the beer. The tiny particles typically will fall out of solution with the yeast and proteins when we chill the beer down, however we are seeing that there are still some remaining.

What are we doing about it?
Like many craft breweries, we rely solely on cold temperatures and natural clarifying agents to clarify our beer. Since we are not using any true beer filtration system (we feel it can take away some of the subtle notes of our beers that we enjoy), we must rely on other means to make a crystal clear beer. These can include various clarifying additives used throughout the process that can aid in dropping out these unwanted sediment products.

We currently use a clarifying agent called WhirlFloc in the brewhouse to take out proteins from the wort (unfermented beer) before entering the fermenter. We are looking more closely at the amount we are using to make sure it is adequate for the amount of protein we are looking to remove.

We are letting our beer condition longer at low temperatures to hopefully get more yeast to fall out of solution, thus not showing up in the cans. We are also testing more clarifying agents like Biofine which is a collagen that attracts yeast cells like magnets do to speed up sedimentation process. With more yeast cells floccing out of solution, we should be removing more hop particles as well.

There are other “fool-proof” additives that could be added but we are trying to stay as natural and traditionally true as we can. Rest assured, we won’t be adding anything to our beer that changes the integrity or flavors that you love.

We are working hard to provide you the quality product that you love and deserve and we appreciate all of the feedback that you have given us, both positive and negative. Although we strive to give you a perfect product every time, there are some things that can happen to the beer after it leaves our hands and we rely on you, our supporters, to let us know when there might be an opportunity for improvement.

-The Land Grant Brew Team

Can Release: 1862 and Stiff-Arm

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We’ve been eagerly anticipating this day since we launched our Kickstarter campaign back in February of 2012. Cans are here and being filled. We’ll offer them to the public for the very first time this upcoming Saturday, May 30th.

We’re launching the can program with two beers: 1862 Ale and Stiff-Arm IPA. 1862 (our American Kölsch) is a lighter crisp beer with a touch of hop aroma; the ideal beer for BBQs, golf courses, camping trips, and boat rides—in other words, the perfect beer for summer. Stiff-Arm brings a fruity hop punch reminiscent of the west-coast, and now you can take that hoppy goodness wherever you please.

Join us Saturday from Noon ’til Midnight, have a pint or two and grab a six-pack to-go*! Following the launch on Saturday, you’ll start to see the cans out in the wild over the next few weeks.

*Limit one case per style per customer.

Glory to Columbus. Land-Grant is a Proud Partner of Columbus Crew SC!

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We here at Land-Grant are extremely excited to share that we’ve struck a deal with Columbus Crew SC to become an official partner of the club. Not only will we continue to show the matches in the taproom and pour our beer at Mapfre Stadium; but we will be working with the club to brew a signature beer for Crew SC Supporters.

“At Land-Grant, we take great pride in the community we’re working to grow, our commitment to design and—above all—the quality of our product,” says Land-Grant President, Adam Benner. “Crew SC obviously shares those values. It’s reflected in their branding efforts, play on the field, and devotion to Columbus. They are exactly what we were looking for in our search for a partner.”

Many details are yet to be revealed, including the beer style, name and branding, but we can say that it will be offered at both Mapfre Stadium, which has been serving Land-Grant’s beers during the 2015 season, as well as throughout the Columbus Market. We’ll be filling in those details in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on our Facebook page for the most up-to-date developments. #bemassive

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!