Daily Distraction: Look back at the pandemic year with Land-Grant

The two-minute clip captures the perseverance and ingenuity exhibited by many amid COVID-19, while also focusing on better days to come

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Land-Grant Brewing Company

In less than two minutes, Land-Grant Brewing Company manages to summarize its pandemic year in a newly posted video, beginning with March 15 footage of Gov. Mike DeWine ordering the closure of all bars and restaurants and ending with a message of hope: "Stay safe. We're almost there."

In between, a montage of photographs and video clips captures everything from the Franklinton brewer's pivot to home beer delivery and the May rise of a new Black lives matter movement to the many, many varieties of beer it has canned since the coronavirus hit. (In a message on the Land-Grant site, the brewer said it had released 118 new beers in cans, part of a necessary pivot with taproom business severely restricted.)

While it's understandable that many might not want to relive the last 12 months, this video manages to focus less on what's been lost than the perseverance, flexibility and ingenuity exhibited by many, and more importantly, on the promise of better days to come. (The photographs of several very good doggos are obviously a welcome bonus.)

Give it a watch below.