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Photos: Matthew Carbone’s “Before” Photos

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A few weeks back we shared photographs of our building taken by our friend, and architectural photographer, Matthew Carbone. He recently sent along another set of photos, this selection documenting the early days of our project here in Franklinton. These photos were taken shortly after the demo stage had begun. The photos sit in such stark contrast of the building’s current incarnation, it’s amazing to think it’s come so far since March.

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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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Behold, the Transformative Power of Barn Wood

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If you’ve been following along, you may remember that we took a little trip in the Spring to help take down an and salvage an old barn near Marion. That wood has sat in storage until yesterday, when it went up on the front facade of the Land-Grant taproom. We’re biased, but we think the transformation is pretty remarkable.

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Permitted!

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Today, we marked another big milestone at Land-Grant HQ: the issuing of our State Brewer’s A1C Permit. Pairing that with our TTB issued Federal Brewer’s Permit, we’re one step (official building occupancy) away from full-on operation. Lots of hard work by a lot of dedicated folks has things humming along both in the production area and in the tap-room, and construction should come to a close soon.

Be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest updates, as we hope to announce information on opening dates and event soon!

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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Video : Construction 001

Our latest documentary time-lapse video gives you glimpse into all the hard work that goes into a brewery floor. Digging trenches for drains, laying drainage pipes, and finally pouring a brand new concrete slab over the whole thing. The new floors are something we’ve been looking forward to since we signed the lease, and they truly transform the space.

This certainly won’t be our last construction video, so stay tuned for more in the coming weeks. Cheers!

The Brewhouse is Ready and Waiting!

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Earlier this week we got a nice note from W.M. Sprinkman letting us know that our 20bbl brewhouse was complete, and ready to roll. A lot of hardworking Milwaukee folks leant their hands in building the system, and they were nice enough to pose for the “family photo” you see above. We can’t wait to see it sitting atop our gorgeous new floors.

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Video : Demolition

Over the past few weeks, the Land-Grant team, as well as a crew of demo experts have been working to clear out our old elevator factory and get it cleaned out, fixed up, and prepped for the construction process. We couldn’t let such hard work go unseen. So, naturally, we’ve documented it in the time-lapse video presented here. Enjoy.

Video : Recycling a Barn

Yesterday was Earth Day; to celebrate, the team took a trip to rural Ohio to reclaim siding from a barn that had been tagged for demolition. The barn was raised way back in 1884 (just 22 years after the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862), but was recently struck by lightning and had to come down. The wood will be reused on the exterior of the brewery, and we were also able to salvage some other awesome pieces that we’ll share with you a little later. Check out the short time-lapse video above to relive our day.

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…