Saturday, August 03, 2013

A Sneak Peak preview of soon to open Osgood Brewing Company

Written by  Dan Miller
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A Sneak Peak preview of soon to open Osgood Brewing Company

In the very near future, Grandville and the neighboring cities of Jenison and Wyoming will get their first brewery. Osgood Brewing owners Ron and Mindy Denning are working on the finishing touches and hope to be open before the end of August. Whether they reach the goal of that time or not, there’s still a great place for beer lovers to look forward to.
The Dennings (along with the help of many friends and family) have been putting together all their efforts to make this dream come true for Ron. He’s been passionately brewing for eight years and I’ve been lucky enough to have had his beer many times in the year and a half that I’ve known him. He even brewed what will be his Osgood beer for my wedding in February, which was a huge hit with our guests.

When they open, patrons will have six choices (12 taps…so more beers to come) to enjoy: Sol Seeker American Wheat, 358 American Pale Ale, Oakestown Amber, Notley Porter, Big Spring Stout and Journey IPA, . When you get the chance to stop in there, ask him about the name of the beers; there are a few good stories behind them. To answer a standard craft beer lover’s question, Ron’s favorite of this line up is Journey IPA, also his favorite style of beer.

As for ways to enjoy Osgood beer – right out of the gate, many people will be enjoying their first Osgood beer out of their own mugs as part of the Osgood Mug Club. With just 250 made available this first year, more than 200 have already sold. If you want one, you better hurry!

To help wash down the beer, Osgood will have a menu of gourmet pizzas and salads created by former cook at 1913 Room and chef at Electric Cheetah, Cody Clements. Knowing Ron and Mindy’s love of a good pizza, I have no doubt this will meet and exceed my expectations for a good pizza!

What does the future hold for the Dennings and Osgood? Hard question for a brewery that hasn’t opened yet, but that doesn’t mean they’re not thinking about it. Ron hopes to make his beer available to bars and restaurants in the area and bottle it as well. In the meantime, many people are working hard to help him by handling everyday projects to difficult obstacles in order to help bring Osgood to the community. His biggest challenge so far has been the effect one small surprise can have on so many other things. Despite the difficulty each challenge has brought, it hasn’t diminished his spirit and dream of opening his own brewery. It’s going to make that opening day that much more exciting for everyone involved. I’m super excited myself.

The last question I asked Ron was at what point did it hit him that this is really going to happen.

His answer? “It hasn’t hit me yet.”

I hope I’m there when it does.

When I stopped in to talk to Ron, he allowed me to take a few photos to post with this article, including one very special never before seen photo of the taproom. Unfortunately, Ron would bump me every time I tried to take the picture. He wants everyone to see it complete when they see it for the first time.