Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cedar Springs Brewing Co. located in West Michigan will break ground on Tuesday, October 14th!

Written by  Aimee West
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Cedar Springs Brewing company will be open early next year in Cedar Springs, Mi with a very German influenced menu and brew style. “We’ll be relatively German-centric, that’s my background and passion, and it’s something not many of the craft brewers are really focusing on. A lot of places dabble with the German stuff, but I definitely have some ideas I want to do that nobody is really doing.” said, Ringler, a German trained brewer and investment adviser with degrees in history and brewing science. He worked briefly for Atwater Brewing and the now closed Grand Rapids Brewing Co. and wants to get back into brewing.
Ringler has enlisted Orion Construction to break ground at 95 North Main St. where last month they demolished an old building to make way for the new state of the art building. Ringler spent a lot of time searching all over Michigan for the correct location not only for him but for his future brew staff and customers. He felt that the Cedar Springs area was perfect for this adventure. According to traffic data the metro area shows about 10,000 cars flow through this area but nobody stops. We want to be the reason for people to stop. “There’s really not a whole lot there," he said. "That’s one of the reasons we chose here.” 

Before even pouring a beer or even having a location to pour that beer in, Ringer has given the new brewery a presence in the community. He has given talks at the local Cedar Springs Public Library, been a business sponsor of school district events and even been part of the city's signature event, the Red Flannel Festival. 

The Community and City Council are behind him 100%, starting with unanimously approving his licenses in December and the sale of the property, which was previously owned by the city. Cedar Springs Mayor Mark Frankhauser, Michigan Senate candidate and state Rep. Peter MacGregor and others will mark the groundbreaking ceremony.

With Michigan weather playing a mix in every fall construction adventure Ringler had this to say, “If we get the shell built before the snow flies, we’ll be in good shape for opening in February or March”  His plans include a full service restaurant with seating for 150 inside under 28-foot vaulted ceilings, and another 100 in an outdoor beer garden including a micro brewery, which will have a 1,500 barrel annual capacity to start with. Not only will the beer garden see heavy use during the warmer months, it also backs up to the White Pine Trail, which is perfect for snowmobile traffic in the winter months.

The food menu and tap menu  is still being decided. We do know that the menu will both be family friendly and influenced heavily by German-influenced foods and beers. “Our goal is to have comfortable, familiar dishes that are made fresh, using local and sustainably sourced ingredients when possible,” he said. “It’ll be familiar foods done with a little twist, or slightly upscale.”

Ringler will run the day-to-day operations and he has hired a brewmaster to oversee beer production. The business expects to hire about 30 full- and part-time workers.

Aimee West

Aimee West

Is new to the craft beer scene but always willing and wanting to learn more.