Michigan Beer Guide — Jan-Feb 2012 MBG
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Planned Brewery Roundup . . . . Wow, I do not recall a time when there was so much new brewery activity. Amazing! In alphabetical order . . . . 51 North Brewing Company, 51 North Broadway, Lake Orion, MI 48362. Don Gindhart sent the photo (right) to update us on his planned opening March 15, 2012 . . . .BAD Brewing Company, 440 S. Jefferson Street, Mason MI 48854. Planned opening spring 2012 . . . . Beggars Brewery, 4177 Village Park Dr. Suite C, Traverse City, MI 49684. Planned opening Memorial Day 2012 .. . . Brauerei Becker, 500 West Main St, Brighton, MI 48116. Matt Becker wrote: "I wanted to let you know about the brewery we are opening in Brighton. Its called Brauerei Becker, and we will be open in April 2012.Located in the historic Western House Hotel in downtown." Www.brauereibecker.us . . . .Brickside Brewery, Copper Harbor. Jason Robinson wrote: "Hopefully I should clear all the hoops and be getting my license soon.Then the work really starts. Thank you for your interest. I'll let you know when I get things up and started.". . . Cotton Brewing Co., 343 Lawrence Street, Adrian, MI 49221.Brett Cotton wrote: "We are still in the application/ build-out process. We have been waiting for approval from the MLCC before we spent any money renovating our building. We just got the approval from the MLCC recently, but still have a lot to do before we can brew our first batch… Cranker's Brewery, 213 South State Street, Big Rapids, MI 49307.Next to Cranker's Coney Island, Jim Cranker called us with news of his March 2012 planned opening with homebrewer Adam Mills brewing on the 15 barrel PBST brewing system . . . .Falling Down Beer Company, 28143 Alden St., Madison Hts., MI 48071. Seeking investors, with a planned spring 2012 opening . . . . The Filling Station Microbrewery, 642 Railroad Place, Traverse City, MI 48686. David Cannizzaro wrote: "We hope to start brewing the first or second week of January, and are looking at February for an opening, if everything works out." . . . . Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Dan Rogers told us about their plans for a new 12,000 square feet microbrewery just down the road from Big Rock to open in 2012. . . . Perrin Brewing Company, 5910 Comstock Park Drive NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321. Planned opening March 2012 . . . .

Rochester Mills Production Brewery, 3275 Lapeer Road W, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.Dave Youngman wrote: "We continue to make progress as renovations are being completed, equipment is arriving and being installed, and sales of Cornerstone remain brisk. We are extremely excited about 2012." . . . . Rockford Brewing Company, 12 East Bridge St, Rockford, MI 49341. Planned opening in spring 2012 in the historic Carriage House.

Now Open . . . . Witch's Hat Brewing Company is now open at 22235 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon, MI 48178, (248) 486-2595. Ryan & Erin Cottongim took their dream from inception to opening in less than two years.

Now Closed . . . . The Old Hat Brewery closed for business on Sunday December 18th.

Other Brewery News . . . . Arcadia Brewing Company announced plans to build a new production facility in Southwest Michigan. . . .Atwater Block Brewery expansion plans update from Mark Rieth."We are bringing in 4 new 100 barrel fermenters and conditioning tanks in January that will increase our capacity 25%.We are going to be bringing in 12 more tanks in 2012 to bring our capacity to 32,000, along with looking at building a new brewery or continue expansion in 2014. We will be hiring a director of brewing operations in the first Quarter of 2012 to assist with the expansion plan. Atwater now has a new distributor handling the Grand Rapids and lakeshore market - Imperial Beverage. We are excited about expanding our territory with Imperial Beverage and continuing our tremendous growth.". . . . Cheboygan Brewing Company press release announced that by the end of December 2011, the brewery's newly purchased bottling line will be up and running.

. . . Corner Brewery sent out a project update on its million-dollar improvement expansion project that includes the addition of a 2200 square feet energy neutral warehouse using geo-thermal technology to regulate temperature.Hybrid solar-thermal/photovoltaic panels will generate about half of the electricity used in the café and brewery and provide close to 100% of the hot water used for brewing. They are adding new tanks, faster bottling line, a small lab, and offices. It is planned that all projects are completed by April 2012. . . .Hideout Brewing Company, Ken McPhail wrote that Hideout continues to be open while waiting on their license transfer to new owners Nick Humphreys and Scott Colson. . . . New Holland Brewing Company press release congratulated president Brett VanderKamp for being named one of the "40 Under 40" by The Grand Rapids Business Journal. . . . Patchwork Brewing Company. Brooke Rosenbaum requested we announce that they will be seasonally closed for January and February 2012 with scheduled reopening on Thursday, March 15th at 3:00 p.m. Brooke added a lot of restaurants in the area shut down for the winter and this gives her an opportunity to tweak some stuff at the brewery: add a tap, get plans for a summer patio ready, and update the menu . . . . Paw Paw Brewing Company, 929 E. Michigan Avenue in Paw Paw, is celebrating their one year anniversary on January 21st, and they already have expanded with their new plant up and operational a few miles down the street at 123 Commercial Ave. . . . Right Brain Brewery wrote to announce moving to a new location at 225 E. 16th, Traverse City in May 2012. . . . Saugatuck Brewing Company’s founder Barry Johnson called to confirm his surprising announcement that as of Sunday, November 6, he no longer associated with Saugatuck Brewing Company. Barry added that at this time he could not elaborate further . . . . Tri-City Brewing Company. Paul Popa updated us to say they are still progressing on their tap room with plans to open in January or February.

Hofbräuhaus in Michigan? Recent rumors have been circulating about this idea. We asked Fred Schumacher to comment: “We are discussing possibilities in Detroit and there is interest. However, there is nothing concrete. It has been my experience that it usually takes a significant time span until things really gel. For instance we have ground breaking for a Hofbräuhaus in Chicago- Rosemont on 11/18. It will be a rather large brew pub, fitting for a large population like Chicago. However, it took us years to get there. I am hoping it will not take that long in Detroit, but I would be cautious with any prediction at this point.”