The story of Cellar Brewing Company begins a little more oddly than most. Chuck Brown was an operations director for Grand Valley State University and was thinking about taking his life in another direction. Being a homebrewer, he began to draw up a business plan to open his own brewery in Allendale. One day, the catering director burst into his office and said there was a brewery for sale on Craigslist.
Big Lake Brewing began where most breweries do: homebrewing. Co-owners Nic Winhimius and Travis Prueter had been brewing together since they met in 2007, and, like most homebrewers, aspired to open their own brewery and began laying the tracks.
Saugatuck Brewing was actually born across the street from its current location on the Blue Star Highway in 2005. The brewery was brought to fruition by founder and brewmaster Barry Johnson, who utilized a 3.5bbl brewhouse to bring his beer to the public in the old taproom, and from the start, the brewery had ambitious plans.
In a city nationally recognized for its beer, a new producer has popped up in Grand Rapids – not armed with malt and hops, but rather, apples. The People's Cider Co. has begun distribution out of its new facility in Grand Rapids, marking the city's first cidery.
Owner/Winemaker Jason Lummen's father-in-law was an avid homebrewer and cider maker, which inspired him to put his lifelong love with cider to action.
Founders' growth and current success began in 2007 on Grand Rapids' Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids, nearly 10 years after Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens opened the brewery in the Brassworks Building.
Trevor Doublestein and Dane Sexton have been friends for nearly 12 years. Sexton went to WMU for finance and has held a position with Morgan Stanley for 13 years, while Doublestein went to Columbia for film and worked for his family's construction business in Petoskey.
Jarred Sper moved to West Michigan in 2010 with an intense love of craft beer, and was intent on starting up a brewery. He had been a homebrewer for years, and upon meeting Randy Perrin, they decided to go all in and work together to make their mutual dream a reality.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company has finally found a home, back where it started: in downtown Grand Rapids. The original brewery opened in 1893 on the corner of Michigan and Ionia, and found itself defeated by Prohibition in 1920.
Three different people wanted the same thing in the same place: their own brewery in Rockford. Rather than standing alone to achieve their visions, they joined forces to open Rockford's first microbrewery on Dec. 20.
Engine House No. 9 has been a fixture of Leonard Street in Grand Rapids since 1890. It has housed many businesses since being decommissioned as a fire station in 1966. Currently residing within its walls is the newest addition to the West Michigan beer scene.
Friends since kindergarten, co-founders and brewers Chris Andrus and Max Trierweiler went into their separate careers, but wanted to find something they could do together.
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