MEET THE TEAM!
Whether they brew, package, sell, deliver, and/or pour it, the fine folks you see below work hard every day to get every drop of Land-Grant in the hands of beer lovers. Crack open a can and get to know the faces behind the brew.


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ADAM
BENNER

President


Hometown:
Hinckley, OH (Home of the buzzards)
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Pool Party
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Orval
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Satisfying my ADHD with many projects
Who headlines your music festival?
Steve Winwood
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
If Michael Jordan didn’t ruin my childhood, it would be a no brainer, the Cleveland Cavaliers

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WALT
KEYS

Creative Director


Hometown:
Cincinnati, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Travel, Skiing, Photography and Design
Who headlines your music festival?
Friday: The Hold Steady
Saturday: My Morning Jacket
Sunday: Steely Dan
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Go Bucks.

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QUINTIN
JESSEE

Director


Hometown:
Middle Point, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Son of a Mudder
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Tart of Darkness
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Golf
Who headlines your music festival?
Pearl Jam
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
The New York Yankees


OPERATIONS



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MARK
RICHARDS

Director of Operations


Hometown:
Columbus, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Jackie O’s Oil of Aphrodite (subject to change hourly)
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Music, travel, and outdoor activities
Who headlines your music festival?
Judas Priest (Time travel from 1983 required)
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
The Ohio State Buckeyes


BREWING



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CHRIS
HELDERMAN

Brewer


Hometown:
Greenwood, IN
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Lawnraker
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Miller High-Life Light
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Camping and working on my house
Who headlines your music festival?
Ke$ha
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Charlestown Chiefs

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JUSTIN
REIK

Brewer


Hometown:
Columbus, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Beard Crumbs
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Depends on the season, but I’ll say Founders KBS
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Grabbing a beer and/or checking out a movie with friends
Who headlines your music festival?
Wilco, all three nights.
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Unfortunately not the Crew or the Blue Jackets….yet.

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DAN
SHAFFER

Brewer


Hometown:
Lancaster, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Son of a Mudder
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Wild Beer Co Bliss
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Fermenting anything that will ferment
Who headlines your music festival?
THE Ryan Adams
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Arsenal FC

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PATRICK
DRISKILL

Brewer


Hometown:
Ashland, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper, or Neutron, or Beard Crumbs. How can I choose just one?
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Again, hard to narrow it down to one, but I guess I’ll go with Westbrook’s Gose.
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Currently, it’s Disc Golf
Who headlines your music festival?
The Rolling Stones
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Columbus Crew SC! Columbus ’til I Die!
 
 


SALES



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MASSIE
LAWSON

Director of Sales


Hometown:
Houston, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Batch 300 Imperial IPA
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Cantillon Kriek Lou Pepe
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Live music
Who headlines your music festival?
Iron Maiden
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
GO BUCKS!

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JOE
CHAMBERLAIN

Sales Representative


Hometown:
Cleveland, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Zombie Dust
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Golf
Who headlines your music festival?
Bob Dylan
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
The Cleveland Browns, duh

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DANA
CUSICK-NEER

Sales Representative


Hometown:
Erie, PA
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Son of a Mudder
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast (combines my two favorite things- coffee and beer)
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Anything with my kids, they grow up too fast so I make them hang out with me a lot!
Who headlines your music festival?
The Eagles
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Anybody that beats the Steelers that week!

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TONY
CIPRIANI

Sales Representative


Hometown:
Erie, PA
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Alchemist Heady Topper/ Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
DJing those sweet sweet jamz
Who headlines your music festival?
Prince with Morris Day & The Time
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
New York Yankees (The Evil Empire)

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SENECA
WATSON

Sales Representative


Hometown:
Granville, Ohio
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Stiff-Arm IPA
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Disc Golfing
Who headlines your music festival?
Band of Horses
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Ohio State Football

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PATRICK
O’RORKE

Sales Representative


Hometown:
Parts Unknown
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
1862 Ale
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Smuttynose Finest Kind or Miller Lite
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Art, live music, spending too much on records, traveling (usually to do the 3 previous things)
Who headlines your music festival?
Friday: T-$wift, Missy Elliot, Prince.
Saturday: Inter Arma, Ty Segall, Monster Magnet.
Sunday: Kendrick & Funkadelic
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
The New York Mets

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TOM
BOND

Brewery Merchandiser


Hometown:
Lucas, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Gravity Wave
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Seventh Son Golden Ratio
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Running
Who headlines your music festival?
Foals
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Ohio State
 
 


PACKAGING & DISTRIBUTION



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HAJIER
KARIMI

Distribution Team Lead


Hometown:
Medfield, MA
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Son of a Mudder
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Impossible to choose a favorite because there’s so much great beer out there, but Harpoon is an old favorite that never seems to disappoint!
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Hanging with good people and friends, seeing live music, playing bass
Who headlines your music festival?
James Brown, the Godfather of Soul
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
The 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox

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JACOB
WALKER

Canmaster General


Hometown:
Columbus, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
One Goal, One Rye’d
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Half Acre’s Vallejo IPA
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Cycling / Disc Golf
Who headlines your music festival?
Pink Floyd
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
1972 Miami Dolphins

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MAT
HUDNELL

Canhand


Hometown:
Columbus, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Goon and Stiff-Arm
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Columbus Brewing Company’s Bodhi or Jackie O’s Mystic Mamma
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Outdoor stuff, Travel, Concerts, Food, Drinks
Who headlines your music festival?
Maybe like.. old Sabbath, Misfits, Wu-Tang, and the Beatles
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
CBJ? OSU? CAVS? Crew? Now accepting tickets to all.

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LARISSA “BONES”
WALKER

Canhand


Hometown:
San Diego, CA
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Tangerine Soul Style IPA by Green Flash
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Bicycling & video games
Who headlines your music festival?
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Tottenham Hotspurs FC

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DAN
IRWIN

Canhand


Hometown:
Ashland, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Seventh Son Syzygy
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Disc Golf
Who headlines your music festival?
Trampled by Turtles, Queens of the Stone Age, Run the Jewels
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Columbus Crew SC


OFFICE



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ERIN
KEYS

Bookkeeper


Hometown:
St. Louis, MO
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Bourbon Barrel Aged Son of a Mudder
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Chimay Tripel
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Napping
Who headlines your music festival?
Hall & Oates
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
St. Louis Cardinals

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JACKIE
KEMBLE

Community Partnership Manager


Hometown:
Columbus, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Deep Search
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Saison Dupont
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Travel! Four continents down, 3 to go.
Who headlines your music festival?
A Tribe Called Quest
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Cleveland Cavaliers

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VINCENT
VALENTINO

Sustainability Manager


Hometown:
Centerville, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Balk Bock
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Wolf’s Ridge Daybreak Coffee Cream Ale
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Playing music and/or reading
Who headlines your music festival?
Radiohead on the first night, D’Angelo on the second night, and Jonathan Wilson on the third night
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
The Land Grant Soccer Team (ps: can we do a soccer league next summer?)

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JULIE
KEYS

Marketing Coordinator / General Counsel


Hometown:
Cincinnati, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Mr. Balloon Hands
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Tap #13
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Hanging with my niece!
Who headlines your music festival?
Britney Spears opens for My Morning Jacket
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
USA Women’s “Fab Five” Gymnastics Team
 
 


TAPROOM



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LAUREN
BENNER

Strategic Operations Manager


Hometown:
Munster, IN
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Gravity Wave
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Whatever is on LG’s Tap #13 today
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
The Gus, Patios and Fire Pits, The Get Down soundtrack, and Netflix
Who headlines your music festival?
T-Swift and Kanye
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
The USA Olympic Team

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BECCA
LYNN

Bartender


Hometown:
Toledo, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper, duh
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
I have a hard time picking favorites, but i adore Rouge Pierre from Jackie O’s
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Sitting in the sunshine
Who headlines your music festival?
Missy Elliot
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
ummmmm…… whatever that team is in A League of Their Own…Peaches? I think? I mean, how can you go wrong with Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna?

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COLIN
MILLS

Bartender


Hometown:
Cleveland, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Misconduct
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
St Bernardus – Abt 12
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
POGS!!!! and eating pizza outside the entrance to fitness centers
Who headlines your music festival?
Maybe Radiohead? Circumstantial.
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Richie “The Baumer” Tenenbaum

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AMBER
FALTER

Bartender


Hometown:
Pickerington, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Nelson 1862
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Pilsner Urquell
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Stand-up Comedy
Who headlines your music festival?
Dawes
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Team Jeff Goldblum

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JORDAN
BRAUNING

Bartender


Hometown:
Akron, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Columbus Brewing Co’s Bodhi
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Going to rad concerts
Who headlines your music festival?
Allman Brothers
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
The good guys from The Sandlot. Close runner ups are OSU Football and the Browns

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JENNA
SHIVELY

Bartender


Hometown:
Upper Arlington, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Greenskeeper
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Mad Tree Sprye
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Anything theatre related or reading
Who headlines your music festival?
Barbra Streisand (duh)
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Ohio State Buckeyes (duh)

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KAYLA
CHANDLER

Bartender


Hometown:
Portsmouth, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Beard Crumbs
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Westvleteren 12
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Traveling
Who headlines your music festival?
The Rolling Stones, The Pixies and Simon & Garfunkel
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Cincinnati Reds

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MIKE
ORTIZ

Bartender


Hometown:
Chicago, IL
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Mr. Balloon Hands
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Goose Island – Madame Rose
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Playing with my bands or biking on a trail
Who headlines your music festival?
LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, and Jimi Hendrix (hologram?)
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
95-96 Chicago Bulls

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NIK
HEIDEL

Bartender


Hometown:
Houston, TX
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Deep Search
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
Hoof Hearted Musk of the Minotaur IPA
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Playing music, Record Collecting
Who headlines your music festival?
Dawes
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Houston Texans

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JUSTIN
RYAN

Bartender


Hometown:
Newark, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
It isn’t Christmas without Beard Crumbs
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
4 Hands’ Snake Oil or the Alchemist’s Focal Banger
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Scrapping and yelling and mixing it up.
Who headlines your music festival?
Friday: Dylan and Dawes
Saturday: Hall & Oats and The Mountain Goats
Sunday: Dr Dog and Snoop Dogg
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Liverpool FC, The Columbus Crew, and the Tune Squad

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BRITTANY
FISHER

Bartender


Hometown:
Cincinnati, OH
Favorite Land Grant Beer:
Mr. Balloon Hands
Favorite Non Land-Grant Beer:
North High Hefeweizen
Favorite Activity Outside of the Brewery:
Working with wildlife
Who headlines your music festival?
Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, and LCD Soundsystem
Who is the greatest sports team in the world?
Buckeyes of course