Land-Grant Brewing Co. has found a home. The brewery announced Thursday (March 6) that it will launch in a 12,000-square-foot facility on West Town Street in the East Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus.
It also released an architect's rendering of the facility, which was built in the 1920s and used by the Capital Lift & Manufacturing Co. to build elevators.
“Our real estate search has been a long, and – at times – trying process. But we’re excited by the prospect of starting our business in East Franklinton,” Land-Grant President Adam Benner said in a prepared statement. “There is a momentum and electricity surrounding the neighborhood, and we’re eager to be a part of that.”
Land-Grant, founded by Benner, Walt Keys and Quintin Jessee, will be both a production brewery and taproom. Its start-up has had a few hiccups along the way. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the brewery was forced to change its original name of Oval because of a trademark issue. They also thought they had found a site in Grandview Heights, only to have that deal fall through.
The brewery is seeking final approval March 25 for its new location from the East Franklinton Review Board. The plan will then be presented to the City of Columbus Department of Building and Zoning Service.
Land-Grant, which has been working with Mode Architects and Compton Construction, hopes to open by mid or late summer.
The brewery, featuring a 20-barrel brewhouse, will have 8,000 square feet devoted to production and 3,200 square feet for the taproom. The tasting room will serve Land-Grant beer as well as other local beer and spirits.
Land-Grant said it will document its progress on its website leading up to the opening.