Monday, June 13, 2016

Big Lake Brewing Launches Additional Production Facility

Written by  Paul Starr
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Locally-owned Big Lake Brewing announced today that it is expanding production with the addition of an off-site brewing facility. Since the brewery opened in 2013, the brewing capacity has tripled each year. Founders Nic Winsemius, Travis Prueter, Greg MacKeller and staff are excited to celebrate the third expansion, just in time for the brewery’s third anniversary.
Big Lake Brewing is currently operating on a 7-barrel brewhouse which has the capacity to produce 1,000 barrels per year. The addition of this off-site facility, and 15-barrel brewhouse, will increase overall production to 4,000 barrels per year.

“By adding the additional brewhouse, it will allow us to expand our distribution footprint in Michigan. With the added capacity, we’ll be able to provide more beers to more bars and stores throughout the state,”

The company will continue to operate its 7-barrel brewhouse and taproom in the Holland neighborhood, brewing and serving flagship and experimental beers. All production and packaging for statewide distribution will be moved to the off-site facility with a new 15-barrel brewhouse. The brewers also have plans to utilize the additional space by expanding their barrel-aging and sour beer programs.

Big Lake beer is available on draft in its taproom, and can be found at more than 150 bars and stores throughout Michigan. The brewery’s four flagship beers, Ryecoe IPA, Citra Session, Darkstar Stout, and Leroy Brown are available in 16-oz. cans. Currently, three of the canned beers, Ryecoe, Citra Session,and Leroy Brown, are distributed statewide. The fourth canned beer, Darkstar, is a seasonal stout available in the fall. With the added production capacity, the brewery will begin to more widely distribute their flagship beers in both cans and kegs.

“Right now, we have statewide distribution of three of our mainstay beers, plus our seasonal release of Darkstar, and the demand continues to increase,” said Greg MacKeller, Co-Founder. “This will actually be the third time in three years that we have tripled our brewing capacity. Good things really do come in threes; we’re also getting ready to celebrate our third anniversary in July.”

Big Lake Brewing founders and staff are excited to celebrate the increase in production, as well as the brewery’s third anniversary. The brewery will hold a 3rd Anniversary Parking Lot Party on Saturday, July 9 from noon until midnight. More information can be found on the brewery’s website.

About Big Lake Brewing

Big Lake Brewing opened in 2013 as a result of a partnership between a trio of Lakeshore engineers who wanted to create a fun place where people could relax and enjoy a good beer. Founders Travis Prueter and Nic Winsemius brewed beer for over a decade before joining forces with each other and Greg MacKeller, who specializes in wine and mead production. Big Lake Brewing does not have a kitchen, but is a BringmYour Own Food (BYOF) establishment. Summer hours begin Wednesday, June 29 and are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.