Land-Grant Sun-Grant Series

The Land-Grant Brewing Company's Sun-Grant Series is inspired by the Sun-Grant Association, a group of Land-Grant Universities that research and develop sustainable and environmentally friendly bio-based energy alternatives.

The Life Cycle of Beer begins in the soil of hop and wheat farms, ends in a pour, and spans an entire universe in between. As we aim to become more sustainable and efficient in our operations, there’s also plenty to be done with sourcing our ingredients, how we distribute our beer, and how we celebrate our community. Within the Mitigation of Life-Cycle Impact pillar, we pursued several projects this year, in order to do just that:


Craft brewing is always about collaboration, and more often than not this means a lot of people coming together. Unfortunately, when large groups of people come together, it also usually means a lot of trash is created. That’s why we’re rolling out a Zero Waste Program for all of our large scale events, starting with this year’s Homage + Land-Grant All American BBQ.

2nd Anniversary Party

We’ve partnered with SOW Movement, an educational urban farm in Granville, OH to divert our food scraps and compostable materials for the All American BBQ. They’ll be able to take these scraps and use them to fuel their composting efforts, allowing them to grow more produce in the new year and pursue their efforts to experiment with urban farming, raise awareness to food security issues, and provide relief to those suffering from the effects of food deserts.


We were some of the first participants and users of the Ohio Materials Marketplace, an online platform that facilities the diversion of industrial and office waste. We were able to take advantage of this platform and divert office supplies and pallets with Accurate IT services, however, we weren’t able to use the service to its fullest potential. We’re hoping next year to be able to increase our participation, and find more way to contribute to Ohio’s Circular Economy!


While we currently work to divert our brewing byproducts, such as our spent grain and yeast, to local farmers, we’re hoping to use the Marketplace to pursue our goal of a 95% diversion rate and help create a more circular economy in Ohio.


The first Sun-Grant Beer, Ra, was our showcase in sustainable sourcing: made with fossil free malts, Ohio hops, and Ohio honey. The connections made in creating Ra allowed us to experiment with local ingredients further, using Ohio State University-grown hops in our small-batch Nugget Smash, and used Ohio spelt and honey in our Stoppage Time Hoppy Saison, brewed in collaboration with Boulevard Brewing Co as part of our supporter series. We made a lot of solid first steps in including local, sustainable ingredients in our supply chain, and we’re going to continue to grow the Sun-Grant series in the future to reflect this.


We do a lot of driving to make sure our beer gets to your glass. If you live in Columbus, chances are you’ve seen one of our delivery vans dropping off our beer at your favorite neighborhood bar or grocery store. You might even have seen one of our many Sales Reps hosting an event at said neighborhood bar or grocery store. So, we began looking into ways we participate in the ongoing Electric Vehicle boom, and reached out to Clean Fuels Ohio, Smart Columbus, and Nissan USA to see what our options were. Unfortunately, there aren’t any EV delivery vehicles to the scale we need in the US, and won’t be until 2019 or 2020.

We then turned our attention to our sales fleet, and looked to replace the whole fleet with 2017 Nissan Leafs, partnering with EZEV to measure our sales routes and what charging options would be available along those routes and at our brewery. But, by the time we were ready to move on the Leafs, the entire stock had run out in the Midwest. While we’re happy to see more electric vehicles on the road, we were hoping to have a few of our own, so we’ll be reexamining the possibility of EV vehicles for our sales fleet again in 2018, and try to make a move on them before they sell out again.

These are some first steps towards effectively mitigating the impact of our beers’ lifecycle. While we’re focusing first on what happens in and around our building, and where our waste goes from here, our next steps will be to tackle the impact of our beer more heavily up and downstream from the brewery. Stay tuned for new initiatives on this page as we roll them out.