Land Grant Brewing Co: Columbus, Ohio

Michael Fraser


Pints, Forks & Friends Field Notes

I first encountered Land Grant Brewing Co at the Winter Warmer in Cleveland. Among the many brewers I interacted with that day, Land Grant Brewing Co stood out due to their distinct name, vibrant creativity, and their memorable Kolsch brew. Upon inquiring about the inspiration behind “Land Grant,” they enlightened me about its historical reference to the Morrill Act of 1862, also known as the Land Grant Act. This act designated federal land for public universities, making higher education accessible to many. Notably, The Ohio State University, a pillar in the Columbus community, was a beneficiary. Though initially named Oval Brewing, they rebranded to Land Grant Brewing Co after a trademark predicament.

Pints, Forks & Friends Field Notes

Their 12,000 square foot historic renovated factory is located in East Franklinton which is in downtown Columbus, just west of the Scioto River. The area has been revitalized with galleries, event spaces, and breweries like Land Grant. Their space used to be an elevator factory back in the day. There is no kitchen, but they do an exceptional job rotating food trucks in daily.

I spoke with their co-founder and creative director Walt Keys, and I totally get why Land Grant has taken off. The art and design he puts into the brewery is second to none. I mean they did these awesome trading style cards promoting their different beers. I have the Kolsch one, which is still memorable to this day. Extra effort, along with the depth their website has fully captures how tight their “community” is. What strengthens their bond with the community is all the work they do raising money, donating, and facilitating long term community sustainability. Check out their “Giving Back” link.

For me, whenever traveling through Columbus, this is a must stop on your brewery list. Proud to give it the #PFFStamp!

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