There’s no mystery to Land-Grant Brewing Company. They are who they say they are. A company known for “painstakingly-crafted beer, powerful design, and a midwestern sports devotion“.
Location: 424 W Town St, Columbus, OH, 43215.
Fasten your seatbelt as we give you what you need to know about The Land-Grant Brewing Company. Starting with:
Credit must be given to Land Grant for making it simple for those drinking their brews to know what’s expected on a yearly basis.
The company has four beers served throughout the year in the category they refer to as “Core Beers“. These individual brews are available throughout the year at their taproom. Here they are:
1862 Ale (American Kolsch).
Greenskeeper (Session IPA).
Son of a Mudder (Brown Ale).
Apart from collaborations, the brewery also has seasonal and limited releases along with their Space-Grant Series (Black IPAs “inspired” by space) and Sea-Grant Series (Ales “inspired” by the seas).
With two of the four mainstay beers being IPAs, it’s clear that Land Grant has embraced what this country is known for most in the beer community. Hops.
One of the most memorable beers I tried in the past year was the Gravity Wave Black IPA. This beer is part of the Space-Grant Series and packs a punch with 90 IBU (International Bitterness Units) and 7.9% alcohol by volume. The beer has plenty of black roasted malts and a bunch of hops for its alcohol percentage. It’s also very bitter and earthy, but impressively balanced out by the fruitiness of the Galaxy and Citra hops.
The brewery as a whole is a versatile one. From their brown ale as a yearly staple, to their outside-the-box Red (Imperial Red Ale) and their Glory (an American Wheat Ale that’s associated with Columbus Crew fans) you can find plenty of options that go along with the time of year.
Whether it’s the logo inside the circle, the bold and bright letters for the beer names, or the art displayed with each crafted beer for sale; Land Grant is creative, meticulous and consistent with their design by displaying wide arrays of colors and images while still keeping the brand at the forefront. This is a topic that could be delved into deeper, but we’re not writing this article to appraise art or give out marketing tips.
THE SPORTS ANGLE:
It’s apparent sports are a big deal to the Land Grant Brewing Company. However, it’s the next topic that blew me away more than any other and has me excited to bring a few beer nerds like myself along with me the next time I stop by.
The Play on Player Cards:
Back in the early 1990’s it was the hip thing for many sports aficionados to have player cards of professional athletes. The cards would not only serve as a collectable, but also served the purpose of providing plenty of statistics and of course a photo of the athlete.
Fast forward to 2016. There are plenty of social mediums, magazines, you name it that have entered the world of sports and a player card isn’t quite as beneficial and worthwhile to most as it once was.
Now to what Land Grant has done with the concept and why it’s a legitimate added piece of the puzzle that makes them who they are.
When you’re at a bar, it’s actually a cool concept to not have your phone out and instead spend your time enjoying your beer and conversing with those around you or simply enjoying the moment in time. What Land Grant offers is a two-sided card that has information about the beer you’re drinking as well as displaying an overall unique image you can only find associated with the specific beverage on the actual card.
The photos don’t compare to having one person. They’re similar in texture to your typical baseball card are rather sleek. The last time I went to the brewery I was there by myself and was fascinated by reading the descriptions and some hop and malt ingredients while trying out the correlating beers.
There are plenty more reasons to visit Land Grant Brewery or simply try out some of their beers. We hope this is enough to motivate you to go experience it yourself. Cheers!