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New Collaboration Brew: Totes Liotes

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Brewed with our friends at Hoof Hearted Brewing, and inspired by the classic film, Goodfellas, this Black IPA achieves a dark, dank, and smoky hop experience. During the boil, the brew teams screened the film and timed the hop additions around key plot points, the result is a beer that, as far back as it can remember, always wanted to be a gangster.

TOTES LIOTES STATS


STYLE: BLACK IPA
ABV: 7.3%   IBU: 60
HOPS: BRAVO, PACIFIC JADE, PACIFIC GEM, CENTENNIAL, AMARILLO, PACIFICA
MALTS: PILSEN, MIDNIGHT WHEAT, VICTORY, 2 ROW, FLAKED RYE
COLLABORATOR: HOOF HEARTED
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: GOBLET

New Brew: Goon

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Available only at Nationwide Arena and the taproom, Goon is a Strong American Pale Ale that scoffs at fruity hop trends and brings a dank and piney aggression to the ice. With Magnum, Northern Brewer, Chinook, and Green Bullet hops in tow, Goon lives up to its reputation as a hard hitter. Drop your gloves and take a swig.

GOON STATS


STYLE: STRONG PALE ALE
ABV: 6.1%   IBU: 65
HOPS: MAGNUM, NORTHERN BREWER, CHINOOK, GREEN BULLET
MALTS: PALE, MUNICH, CARAPILS, HONEY, CRYSTAL RYE
SEASON: HOCKEY SEASON
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

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

New Brew: 30,000 Acres

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This limited edition Pale Ale features fresh Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Citra, and Mosaic hops all delivered from the vine to the kettle within 24 hours of harvest. The result is an ultra-fresh tasting pale with heaps of floral, pine and citrus flavor.

Wondering about the name? The Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 stipulated that each state receive 30,000 acres of land per each member of congress.

30,000 ACRES STATS


STYLE: FRESH-HOPPED PALE ALE
ABV: 5.6%   IBU: 44
HOPS: SIMCOE, CASCADE, CENTENNIAL, CITRA, MOSAIC, BRAVO
MALTS: MARIS OTTER, SPECIAL AROMATIC, WHITE WHEAT
SEASON: FALL
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

New Brew: Lawnraker

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You’ve accepted and completed the annual mission of clearing your lawn of amber fallen leaves, what’s next? Reward yourself with this toasty German inspired brew featuring the aroma of burnt toffee, a caramel and chocolate flavor profile, and a light/silky texture. Brewed to match the hue of that fall foliage, this is the perfect autumn ale.

LAWNRAKER STATS


STYLE: MÄRZEN
ABV: 5.6%   IBU: 31
HOPS: MAGNUM, PERLE, HALLERTAU
MALTS: 2 ROW, PILSEN, CARAMEL VIENNA, DARK MUNICH, CARAMEL MUNICH, MELANOIDIN
SEASON: FALL
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

Crew SC Supporter Beer Taste-Off – Round 2!

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A few weeks ago, we called on Crew SC Supporters to join us at the taproom and help us taste-test 4 different test batches of beer (two gold and two black), and the American Wheat won big. We also asked for input on each style of beer, and we’ve taken those recommendations seriously. Join us again on Saturday, August 22nd (leading up to the home Sporting KC match) and grab a flight of 4 variations on the American Wheat. Cast your vote, and the winner heads straight for the production, and will be debuted at Mapfre Stadium when the Crew take on Portland, September 26th.

We’ve got a ton of tickets to give away, and if you missed out on the limited edition Crew/Land-Grant glasses (pictured below), this is your chance to get your hands on one.

Tasting sets include a flight of all four brews, a commemorative Crew/Land-Grant glass, a full pour of the non-Crew Land-Grant beer of your choice, and the chance to win tickets to the Crew/Kansas City match. The tastings start at 2pm, and at 6pm, we’ll open the taps for full pour of the supporter beers (we want to make sure everyone has a chance to taste all four). If you’re not headed to the stadium that day, we’ll have the match on with audio at 7:30pm.

New Brew: Screwball

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A mid-summer respite from the heat. A refreshing wheat ale brewed with Sorachi Ace and teeming with lemon notes. This is a beer brewed for the dog-days, go ahead and take a swing.

SCREWBALL STATS


STYLE: MIDSUMMER WHEAT
STYLE: ZEUS, CASCADE, CITRA
ABV: 5.6%   IBU: 31
HOPS: SORACHI ACE, WARRIOR, AMARILLO, CITRA
MALTS: PILSEN, WHEAT, VICTORY, HONEY
INGREDIENTS: LEMON PEEL
SEASON: MIDSUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT

Crew Beer Taste-Off: Black vs. Gold

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Saturday in the taproom we hosted a tasting party to determine the beer that will move forward as our Crew SC supporter beer. We brewed up four test batches (two black, and two gold) and asked the supporter community to cast their vote. Participants picked their favorite beer, offered up feedback, and even threw in a name suggestion or two. In the end, the American Wheat (CB02) was crowned champion and will go back to the brew lab for further recipe tweaking. Look for the beer later on this summer.

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New Brew: Mr. Balloonhands

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Who is this guy? A surreally sessionable American Wheat Ale, packed with juicy berry flavor. We’ve added strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry to create a beer perfect for drinking out of cups on hot summer days. This beer’s got it going bossa nova. Get real.

MR. BALLOONHANDS STATS


STYLE: MIXED BERRY WHEAT
ABV: 4.4%   IBU: 26
HOPS: COLUMBUS, EL DORADO, SIMCOE
MALTS: 2 ROW, RED WHEAT, OHIO UNMALTED WHEAT, CARAPILS
INGREDIENTS: STRAWBERRY, BLUEBERRY, RASPBERRY
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: GOBLET

New Brew: One Goal, One Rye’d

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Brewed in support of Pelotonia, Columbus’ grassroots bike tour with One Goal: End Cancer. This Rye Pale Ale offers up a bit of spice from the malt with the hops adding notes of lemon and grapefruit.

A portion of each beer sold, whether in the taproom or around town goes directly to Pelotonia.

ONE GOAL, ONE RYE’D STATS


STYLE: RYE PALE ALE
ABV: 4.9%   IBU: 26
HOPS: MAGNUM, CHINOOK, FALCONER’S FLIGHT
MALTS: RYE, 2 ROW, CARAMEL,VICTORY, MELANOIDIN
SEASON: SUMMER
CONTAINER:
KEGS
GLASS: NONIC PINT