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Photos: Matthew Carbone Photography

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Close friend to the brewery, and über-talented architectural photographer, Matthew Carbone, paid us a visit during our Grand Opening weekend to capture the brewery and taproom as it opened it’s doors for the first time. He has been gracious enough to let us share his work here. All photos in this post are © Matthew Carbone.

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Our First Brew!

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With construction, permitting, and occupancy all wrapped up, we finally got a chance to do what we set out to do 2.5 years ago…brew beer!

Last week Jamie brewed our first official batch of Land-Grant beer on our Sprinkman brew house, and the 20 BBL batch of Brown Ale is fermenting away as we speak. Here are a few photos from our first brew day, and stay tuned for info on when you can taste some of the brew for yourself.

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The Brewhouse Is Here!

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It was a HUGE day on Tuesday here at Land-Grant HQ, as our Sprinkman brewhouse and ABT cellar were delivered and shimmied into their places. There were some tight squeezes to get everything where it needed to be, but after two long days everything is in its right place. In a few weeks —if all goes well— we should have all the utilities hooked up to the system, and we can get to brewing.

I’ve posted some choice photos here, and you can view a full gallery of the day over on our facebook page.

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CBC 2014: A Mile High Recap

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Last week the Land-Grant team took a little field trip to one of America’s craft brewing mecca’s: Denver, Colorado. We headed west to attend our second Craft Brewer’s Conference, we learned a lot, met a ton of awesome people, got a little time on the slopes and generally had a blast.

For those who are unfamiliar with CBC, there are essentially three aspects to the event:

1. The Conference CBC provides educational seminars on everything from Sustainability to Distribution to “Selling your Beer in Sweden using the Systembolaget.” No matter your role in the brewing process there is knowledge to be gleaned at CBC.

2. BrewExpo America Throughout CBC, a brewing trade show runs concurrently to the conference It gives brewers a glimpse of all the latest toys for making, packaging, selling, and serving their beer. Leave your wallet at home.

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3. The Events Once the convention show has closed its doors for the day, that’s when the real fun starts. Breweries save some of their best stuff for tapping during CBC, and love throwing parties to celebrate the occasion. For instance, Lagunitas and Left Hand joined forces and hosted a blow-out bash at the Fillmore Auditorium and booked the Funky Meters to provide the soundtrack. There’s no shortage of things to do—or beers to try—after hours at CBC.

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Beyond the official events, the real highlight of CBC is the opportunity to meet your fellow brewers—from the midwest and around the world—in person. We were thrilled to meet folks from Mad Tree, Country Boy, Braxton Brewing, Seventh Son, 4String, Elevator, Wolf’s Ridge, Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Co., Columbus Brewing Co., Vitruvian, Brewery X, Grist, and a whole bunch more.

Speaking of Grist Brewing, on Wednesday night our brewhouse manufacturer, Sprinkman, invited us to visit their brewery and taproom. We hopped on a bus to their facility, and spent a few great hours sampling their beers and checking out their setup. Their brewhouse was of particular interest to us, as it is, essentially, the same Sprinkman system that we will be brewing on here in Columbus. They brewed a batch of their tasty Berliner Weisse while we were there and it was a joy to see the system in motion in a real brewery setting.

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All in all, it was an amazing week that began sunny and 70° and ended atop Vail Mountain in a blizzard. We had a fabulous time in Denver, and are already looking forward to CBC 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

Buildout Update : Demo

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Now that the building has been secured and the site plan has been approved by the East Franklinton Review Board, we can finally start getting our hands dirty. While we wait to receive our permits to begin construction proper, we’ve pulled a Removal Start permit which allows us to start some interior demo to get the old building ready for its facelift. It’s amazing to see the transformation taking place, even so early on. We’ve been documenting the whole process, and we’ve got some photos to share.

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We were awfully excited to pull this sign down.

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One of the first things we did was strip back the wallpaper and drywall to see what kind of condition the original façade was in. To our great surprise, not only was the brick in great shape, but the original windows were still intact.

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Salvage

We’ve been careful to pull out any materials we think we can reclaim and salvage for various uses throughout the facility.

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We’ll be sure to post more photos as we move forward to give you a sense of our progress and give you a look behind the curtain of assembling a brewery. So, stay tuned…

Brewery Photos

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The new East Franklinton facility offers tons of industrial character and experience. As I did with the previous building, I wanted to capture the “before” state of the building, as things are going to look drastically different once we’ve completed the renovation and build-out. Here are some photographs I took of the brewing and the exterior.

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