Tap takeovers, special release celebrations, ice cream pairings and more. It's Craft Beer Week in Columbus, which means local businesses are embracing craft beer made here through an array of over 200 festivities.
There are over 35 craft breweries in Columbus, making it one of the largest craft brew cities in the Midwest. The majority of these local breweries are participating in this week's events.
Land-Grant has been involved with the week since opening its doors in Franklinton three years ago.
"It's an opportunity for ourselves and other brewers in town to do some special stuff, some fun stuff to get people excited about beer," Walt Keys, co-founder of Land-Grant, said.
Land-Grant is always looking for new ways to get people interested in beer while embracing what the city of Columbus has to offer. When exploring for ways to expand their reach, unwavering support for the professional hockey team quickly stood out as something engrained in the city's makeup. This made a partnership with the Blue Jackets a "no-brainer."
"We've seen a lot of people walk in the door here who first tried our beer at the arena, and we have a lot of people here who drink beer at the arena because they've had it here," Keys said. "Our location and the arena and the team support one another, so it's been a great partnership for us."
What stands out about Craft Beer Week is that it's about more than just beer. It's about uniting the city and embracing the community. Columbus shows a lot of support for its local manufacturers, so this week is an easy way to give back to those people and celebrate.
"Columbus is a city that is big enough that we have the resources and access to things that you have in a big city," Keys said. "But at the same time, it's a small enough and tight knit enough that there's a real support and comradery amongst ourselves and the other breweries and really just amongst the entrepreneurial, independent businesses in this town. People in Columbus really get behind the stuff that's made here."
Land-Grant is participating in several events this week, but one of their bigger events is an ice cream pairing on Tuesday.
"We really tried to come up with some unique and high quality events, opposed to creating as many events as possible," Keys said. "You get a flight of Land-Grant beer paired with a flight of ice cream. It's all been pre-determined and thought out. We're really excited about this one."
Craft Beer week goes until Saturday, May 20. For more information about this week's events, visit their website.