Monday, January 25, 2016

Griffin Claw Brewing Company & Distillery To Open New Think Tank And Test Kitchen In Rochester Hills

Written by  Paul Starr
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Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Birmingham’s popular taproom, biergarten, brewing, distilling and distribution facility has announced today it will be expanding and opening a second location at 2273 Crooks Road in Rochester Hills in the former East Side Mario’s American Italian Eatery, at the corner of Crooks Road and M-59.
All new experimental small batch beers, seasonal and specialty beers will be developed, brewed and packaged at the new 8,000 square-foot site along with all of the brewery’s distilled spirits. It will serve as the “Griffin Claw Brewing Company ThinkTank and Test Kitchen.”

"The craft beer community is always changing and embracing collaboration. This new location will be a teaching and training facility not only for our brewers but for customers looking to learn about the brewing process and culture," said Scott LePage spokesman for Griffin Claw Brewing Company. "We’re looking forward to starting this project and growing the Griffin Claw family of Craft Beer and Spirits and providing the best craft beer experience for our customer.”

The Birmingham location’s bottling line will be moving there as well as some of the current brewing equipment to make way for Birmingham’s new state-of-the art 50-bbl Brewhouse (3 times larger than prior Brewhouse) with the latest and greatest technology available, including all new 150-bbl fermenters allowing Griffin Claw to brew up to 50,000-bbl per year in Birmingham alone. Birmingham will also have a new "High Gravity" system installed which allows a new dynamic level of control rarely utilized in the craft industry. The technology will ensure Griffin Claw Brewing Company will be creating the most consistent product available beginning at the brewing stage, all the way to packaging with 100% adherence to recipe, ABV, temperature and carbonation specifications. This new technology and streamlining of efficiencies will also include the brewery’s new Laboratory, enabling in-house testing to be done in real time, minimizing potential issues long before product ever reaches a customer.

“This expansion is exciting for us because it will allow us to better keep up with the demand of our core brands (Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA, Raymondo El Rojo Amber Ale, Grand Trunk Pilsner and Grind Line Pale Ale) while still being able to experiment with new recipes, hop varieties, beer styles, barrel-aging, fermentation and not slow down our production,” added LePage.

With a mission to serve the best craft beer, Griffin Claw Brewing Company is located at 575 S. Eton Street, in the heart of Birmingham’s emerging Rail District. Dan Rogers, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations, oversees all the brewing, distilling, distributing, and operations at the 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. Griffin Claw is one of the first breweries to begin using Meura’s Micromash filter to deliver incredible quality with efficiencies unmatched by other brewing systems. The brewery also recently added a centrifuge and high-gravity brewing system to make even more consistent beer faster to reach their desired capacity. For more information, call 248.712.4050, visit or find us on facebook at

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.