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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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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.

“Before” Photos

Land-Grant Exterior

Now that we have the keys to the castle, so to speak, I was able to get in and take some “before” photos of the cavernous space. As you can see, we’ve got a lot to work with. The facility is pretty bare-bones right now, so we’ve definitely got our work cut out for us, but we wanted to give you a glimpse inside before we fill it with all kinds of fun stuff.

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This is from the front of the building, where the tap room will be, looking toward the production floor in the back.

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Here’s the reverse angle, looking toward the front from the very back. Note the awesome wooden trusswork; rafters just waiting for banners.

As we move forward through design and construction, we’ll be sure to post more photos of the process.

Now that you’ve seen the “Before,” we can’t wait ’til we can show you the “After” in person.

What’s Next?

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So, now that we have announced our cavernous new digs, and have this new website to tell you all about it, the question we’ve gotten a lot over the past few days has been: “Okay, so you signed a lease, when can we come taste the beer?”

Adam and I were talking about this yesterday, and he described the timeline as a game of Chutes and Ladders, which at first I thought was a pretty apt metaphor, you can fall back and you can jump forward until, eventually, you get to the finish line. Though, as I thought about it, there was a major hole in the logic. In opening a brewery, or any business for that matter, you don’t just land in a special place and get to skip straight to the end where you’re sipping a glorious, perfectly brewed, Imperial IPA at your immaculate new bar. Starting a brewery is more like a game of just Chutes. You have to take every step along the way, there’s no jumping ahead, and if you’re not meticulous (or have a stroke of bad luck) you can always get knocked back a few moves.

Truth is, opening a brewery is a complicated process, and now that we have a facility, the concurrent timelines for a lot of moving parts have started.

I am a visual person, so I put those theoretical timelines in terms I could easily understand. Above is a chart showing the (extremely generalized) steps to come. Each of those bars contains a multitude of tasks and processes that must be completed to open the brewery that we’ve envisioned. Some of the steps may take longer than what I’ve projected, but some may get done quicker than we expect. We’re trying to remain pretty conservative with our projections, but everything is shaping up nicely for an opening early in 2014.

Things can change though, so stay tuned here for updates as the project progresses.

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