Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ozone's Brewhouse To Open Spring 2016 In Old Town

Written by  Aimee West
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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. 
No longer do you see the grey cracked floors and dingy windows, you see shiny polished concrete floors, a tap room with industrial visual elements, a walk in cooler and a beer garden area.

You visualize another generation laughing and talking on the old Mustang Bar’s back bar while they enjoy one of Kyle’s beers. You picture a lively fun place to hang out.

Currently they plan on brewing what have been favorites of friends and families. Their motto is “Liquid Art” and Kyle said they, “want to have fun and experiment with flavors, and local Michigan products.” They plan to start with five beers on tap ranging from savory, with their Sage beer, to complicated notes with their Cherry Vanilla. Kyle and I talked about the differences between home brewing and commercial brewing. One of the advantages of attending the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago and working at Three Pints Brewing Co. in Indianapolis is learning how to keep a consistent flavor from batch to batch. Kyle is confident in his recipes and excited to see how the beer drinkers of Lansing and Old Town respond to his brews.

Now that they have the beer recipes ready to brew they just need to get the brewing area set up. Dan talked a lot about moving walls and expanding for future growth. We talked about signage and the interesting issues of fixing up an old warehouse. Dan mentioned many times how he wanted to “keep the money in Old Town.” They plan on doing that by using local contractors such as Vesta Building Industries, partnering with local restaurants such as MEAT to deliver and using other local resources as needed.

Talking to Dan and Kyle was entertaining and educational, they both seem to not only have a great grasp of what needs to be done now, but they are also looking forward to the future. They are already planning for a long and happy stay in Old Town and I know they have the ingenuity and determination to see it happen. Now I can’t wait to try their Sage and Cherry Vanilla beers.

They are located at 305 Beaver Street, Lansing and you can follow them on Facebook or at http://www.ozonesbrewhouse.com/home.html

Aimee West

Aimee West

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