Local craft beer will soon take flight, or at least will prepare you for takeoff.
Tuesday night, construction of a Land-Grant Brewing Co. taproom began at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. The taproom will be located in Concourse B, which includes United and American airline gates.
Land-Grant and HMS Host, which operates and manages several airport concessions, have been in talks on the project for about nine months.
“The airport was looking for some new tenants with their current remodel and we thought it would be a great opportunity,” said Land-Grant owner Adam Benner.
Sean Matthews, spokesperson for HMS Host, said HMS has long been operating the space, previously as a Columbus Brewing Company branded restaurant. The space evolved to more of an HMS standard bar, with the name Columbus Bar, in the interlude between CBC’s contract ending and Land-Grant coming in.
Benner said the additional Land-Grant space will pay homage to the current.
“The goal was to try to replicate the experience someone gets in our taproom as much as we could working within a new space,” Benner said. “Like our current taproom, expect to see the core of Son of a Mudder, 1862 Ale, Greenskeeper and Stiff-Arm IPA, plus additional seasonals and one-offs.”
Construction is expected to be completed before the Thanksgiving holiday rush, Tracy said.
“We’re excited to be bringing in Land-Grant, especially being local for passengers,” she said.
Land-Grant echoed the sentiment.
“We are excited for the opportunity to introduce Land-Grant to new folks travelling through Columbus,” Benner said.