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Cultivate Brewing article

Cultivate Brewing Company opened one year ago this past weekend in Berrien Springs and with Summer Beer Festival also taking place are holding their celebration plans for later this week with 4 days of events beginning this Thursday, July 28th and all weekend long through Sunday, July 31st. Each day will feature different food and live music options with Saturday including the re-release of the TWIST Belgian IPA.


Earlier this month my friend Abby and I went to the opening of Glasshouse Brewing in Ann Arbor. They join an already rich craft brewing area which makes this a wonderful place for a beercation.


Greyline Brewing Co. is the latest brewery to emerge in the continuous growth of Grand Rapids Beer City. The brewery is the first to open on Alpine Ave on Grand Rapid’s northwest side in close proximity to Mitten Brewing Co. on Leonard Street and within a couple miles of Harmony Hall located at Stocking and Bridge. Owners Nathan Walser and Kevin Clancy bring with them big brewery experience with their background that include work with Perrin and Founders, but Greyline Brewing Co. plans are to stay small with a 7-barrel system and producing under 1,000 barrels a year.


Big Hart Brewing Co. opened in February of 2016 and is the first brewery to be located in the City of Hart and in Oceana County. The address is 4086 W. Polk Rd. and is easily accessible off from US-31 within a half hour drive both north of Fetch Brewing Co. in Whitehall and south of Jamesport Brewing Co. in Ludington. Big Hart Brewing Co.’s founders are Dave and Leslie Hansen who are also the owners of Hart’s successful Hansen Foods grocery store. Head Brewer Teo Watson-Ahlbrandt has prior experience with Original Gravity, Dark Horse, and Arbor Brewing Co.


Sanctuary Spirits was opened in Grand Ledge in March of 2014 by Karl Glarner and Tolin Annis as a small batch distillery and winery. Sanctuary Spirits originally opened as an expansion of The Red Salamander home beer & wine making supply store which shares space in their building which was converted from a historic church.  Last year, Sanctuary Spirits welcomed head brewer Erik Swanson into the fold, offering small batch craft beer in a newly renovated tasting room featuring furnishings handcrafted from retired whiskey barrels provided by Bourbon and Barrel.


Anyone who knows me, knows I love brunch. Anytime you can get someone else to make breakfast at a reasonable time of day (i.e., after 10 a.m.) makes my whole week better. Recently Old Nation Brewing Co. in Williamston started serving brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Kitzingen Brewery is the latest brewery to open in the Grand Rapids area and also the first to call City of Wyoming home on 44th Street Southwest just off from Burlingame Avenue as part of the Chateau Center Strip Mall. Demand at the brewery has been high since opening this past December with two additional 5 barrel fermenters already on order to help boost production.The brewery’s focus is to bring the influence of traditional German beer to complement the recent boom of American craft breweries.


Walking up to the future location of Ozone's Brewhouse in Old Town, Lansing, it currently looks like an old warehouse that needs a little TLC, ok a lot of TLC. After talking to the father and son team of Dan and Kyle Malone, you start to envision the space as it will look in the near future. 


Harmony Hall opened this past October in Grand Rapids on the West Side, located at 401 Stocking Avenue NW in the building formerly occupied by Little Mexico restaurant. The new brewery has been in the works for over a year with demand exceeding capacity and no further room for on-site expansion at the Eastown location of Harmony Brewing Company which opened in 2012. The new brewery location serves to both supplement the original Harmony location while offering a unique atmosphere and experience of it’s own.

cedar springs brewing company article

Cedar Springs Brewing Company recently held it’s grand opening in mid-November. The brewery had been in development for a few years by Dave Ringler (“Director of Happiness”,) and finally broke ground for new construction in late 2014. Construction of the building wrapped up in 2015 which included the installation of a new 15 barrel brew house. Professional brewer Matt Peterson also joined the team at Cedar Spring Brewing Company who most recently brewed for Schlafly Brewery and Bottleworks in St. Louis, MO. Also joining Cedar Springs Brewing Company at the new location is Coldbreak Brewing Equipment homebrew supply store.
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