Land-Grant Brewing Company
424 W. Town Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
1. 42-1 Imperial IPA
2. Son of Mudder Brown Ale
3. Stiff Arm IPA
4. Greenskeeper Session IPA
5. Beard Crumbs Oatmeal Raisin Stout
The Franklinton area is one of Columbus’ trendiest up-and-coming neighborhoods, and Land-Grant Brewing is one spot you should definitely not miss while you’re there. The brewery and the taproom are located together in a former elevator factory, revamped into an industrial chic mecca. Sports fans will rejoice upon entering the taproom, as much of the decor is an homage to athletics. There is an electronic scoreboard on the wall, pennants, and Ohio State photographs. When ordering a flight, the clever sports theme continues, with collectible “baseball cards” that have stats about each beer and some trivia about the beer’s name placed behind each taster glass. Isn’t it the worst when you get a flight of beers and can’t remember where each is located in the lineup? Problem solved.
Now on to the best part: the brews! Land-Grant has a wonderful collection of beers of all types. The 42-1 Imperial IPA is a subtly-hopped delight, and Son of a Mudder is malty and drinkable. Greenskeeper Session IPA will make you ready for summer sipping, and Stiff Arm IPA is a solid classic. Most interesting of all is the seasonally available Beard Crumbs Oatmeal Raisin Stout – yes, it has notes of cookie flavor! There are a number of other limited edition styles up for grabs as well, which the enthusiastic staff will be happy to describe to you.
There are no meals served at the brewery; however, food trucks are often parked in front of the building, and Strongwater Food and Spirits is just up the street. New craft breweries are popping up constantly, but the winning combination of great beers and the casual vibe at Land-Grant that will leave you coming back for more.
Culinary Clue: In case you were wondering about the origins of the name “Land-Grant,” it is actually a fun historical fact. The Land-Grant Act of 1862 set aside property for a public university in every state. As a result, the Land-Grant moniker is a nod to Columbus’ favorite university, OSU.