Q | What are the most popular items on your menu? Why?
A | Our two most popular beers are our Stiff-Arm IPA and the 1862 Ale — an Americanized take on the German Kölsch. In the craft beer world, IPAs reign supreme, and ours is a very balanced version of a West Coast IPA. It’s not a huge hop-bomb of a beer, but definitely scratches the itch for fruity aromatic hops while remaining relatively session-able at just over 6% ABV. Your traditional Kölsch is a crisp easy drinking beer, if your unfamiliar with the style, think of it as an ale companion to the classic german Pilsner — which is a lager. We give the 1862 Ale an American spin, dry hopping it with Cascade hops, which impart citrus and grapefruit aromatics on the beer while allowing it to maintain an extremely crisp finish. It’s a very approachable beer that can convert those non-craft drinkers, but it’s got enough going on that beer geeks find it to be a pretty interesting brew.
Q | Are there any special drinks NOT on your menu that are staff favorites (that you’d be willing to serve up to any customer who asked)?
A | We don’t really have a secret menu at Land-Grant, but you will find a lot of beers on draft at the taproom that you won’t find around town. We try and keep the menu fresh with one-offs and variations on our brews. For example, this summer we’ve been pouring a beer called the Creamsikölsch, which is our 1862 Ale infused with orange and vanilla, mimicking the summer classic, the Creamsicle. We’ve also done some barrel aging, infusions, small batch beers, and dry-hop variations.
Q | I hear that there’s quite the impressive rotation of food trucks outside Land Grant. Does that mean people can bring food inside to enjoy with their delicious 1862 Ale?
A | Absolutely, we work with the trucks to make the experience as seamless as possible, and we keep a regular schedule so folks know what to expect on a given day (unforeseen cancellations happen from time to time, but we always find a sub, and let people know on Facebook and Twitter). People are absolutely welcome to bring their food into the air-conditioning to enjoy with a beer, and most of our trucks will save you the leg-work and deliver your food to your table.
Q | What’s the Pennant Project?
A | The pennant project is something we’ve been running since opening day. In our taproom, the walls are lined with pennants from the various Land-Grant Universities, we started with about 25 and arranged them in alphabetical order, and used Land-Grant Brewing Pennants as placeholders for the schools that we don’t have. The way the project works is if you bring us a pennant for a Land-Grant University that we don’t already have, we’ll reward you with a special Pennant Project pennant and a pint glass, and we’ll hang your pennant up on the wall. If you bring us one we’ve already got, we’ll still give you the pint glass. You can keep track of which ones we’ve got, and which ones we need on our website.
Upcoming events: Land-Grant will be pouring beer at COSI After Dark Next Thursday (8/6) and will also be at the Mad Tree Summer Bonanza in Cincy at the end of August. Of course they’ll be celebrating the Independents’ Day festival coming up in September in their growing neighborhood of Franklinton.