Wednesday, April 04, 2012

New Brewery Pike 51 Brewing Company to Open in Hudsonville Winery

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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New Brewery Pike 51 to Open in Hudsonville Winery

Yes, Hudsonville will soon have it's second brewery. Right on the heels of White Flame's recent opening comes Pike 51 Brewing Company, an expansion of the already existing Hudsonville Winery. Yes, the addition and remodel have been completed including an amazing bar that just has to be seen to believed (and make sure not to miss out on the embedded shark's tooth.) The Brew House is in place and the Brewmaster has been secured, and he is already busy concocting up numerous fermented beverages sooned to be enjoyed by the masses.
New Brewery Pike 51 to Open in Hudsonville WineryThe Brewmaster is Jeff Williams, and he should be no stranger to the West Michigan beer community. He's already proven himself at Grand Rapid's own Hopcat, one of the greatest beer bars (and breweries,) in the world. My wife & I were fortunate enough to stop by earlier this week and have a chat with Jeff as well as one of the owners, Steve Guikema, about their plans for Pike 51, as well as sample of some of the delicious wines available here. 16 taps will be featured at the bar which will provide much variety in addition to a handful of mainstays likely include an IPA, ESB, Whit, Rye Blonde, and Heffeweizen. Also mentioned as possibilities include a Double IPA and possible ciders and/or meads.

New Brewery Pike 51 to Open in Hudsonville WineryExpect Pike 51's beers to start hitting the taps as soon as they leave the fermenters, so the first will likely be available in early May. Check out their Facebook page for the latest info. A mug club is a likely possibility in the near future. Like neighboring brewery White Flame, no food is available here, but longterm plans include for a possible restaurant which would serve both the wine and beers. A "Grand Opening" celebration of the brewery is planned for the first weekend in June, to coincide with the 2-year anniversary of the Winery, which has been open just about as long as it has been since Hudsonville overturned it's alcohol ban. Oh, and a bit a trivia as well: Pike 51's name comes from the early name of M-121/Chicago Drive on which the brewery make it's home.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.