Friday, March 9, 2012

Saugatuck Brewing Company to launch “Delilah DeWylde-Berry Wheat”

Saugatuck Brewing Company has collaborated with rockabilly artist Delilah DeWylde in development, marketing, and distribution of their Spring/Summer seasonal beer, Delilah DeWylde-Berry Wheat. Developed as a lighter, summertime ale, the raspberry wheat will be available throughout Michigan in 6-packs and kegs.

To introduce the new style, SBC is hosting a VIP Launch Party on Sunday April 1, from 2-4:30pm in the Singapore Room at SBC (admission with VIP ticket only).  From 5-6pm the party continues in the pub and will be open to the public. Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys will be performing throughout the afternoon and the Wylde-Berry Wheat will be available.

Saugatuck Brewing Co. is a microbrewery with a traditional Irish style pub and upscale banquet room, “The Singapore Room”  that features hand crafted beer, wine, food, and service. Fifteen unique beer styles, all brewed in house, plus wine and hard cider are served daily in the Pub.  “SBC” also distributes six styles in 6 and 4-packs, plus kegs throughout lower Michigan. The brewery also features the only active brew-on-premise facility in Michigan, utilizing five copper kettles and an array of natural ingredients and recipes, for the public to become “Brewmaster for a Day.”

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Round Barn Brewery Breaking Ground on Larger Production Facilities

It’s clearly no secret that Michigan’s award-winning craft brew scene is thriving and The Round Barn brews from the Southwest region of the state are no exception.  After releasing its first packaged microbrews four years ago, the brewery’s popularity took off and continues to attract more and more beer lovers each year.

To keep up with demand, owners Matthew and Chris Moersch, are expanding their brewery’s production facilities in to the heart of downtown Baroda, Michigan, just around the corner from the flagship Round Barn Winery, Brewery, and Distillery.  The Moersch brothers say they are happy to be keeping the large-scale expansion local - they recently purchased a 10,000 square foot property on Main Street in downtown Baroda that previously housed a tool and die shop. 

Always staying committed to Michigan’s strong agritourism movement, Matthew explains, “We’ve reached capacity in our current facility so we’re looking forward to moving just across town to step up production and eventually open a casual brew pub.”

Further plans for Round Barn’s new production facility will include a small brewpub and restaurant by summer 2013.

Rendering of the new facility

About The Round Barn:

What sets The Round Barn apart from neighboring wineries in Southwest Michigan is its diverse product line, functioning not only as a winery, but also a distillery and brewery.  Celebrating their 20 year anniversary of business this year, Rick and Sherrie Moersch, along with sons Chris and Matthew, have built a flourishing family operation rooted in a spirited, educational, and unintimidating atmosphere. They proudly use local produce from area orchards, vineyards, and farms in the production of its quality, hand-crafted varietals, brandies, spirits, and beers.

Just a few of the beers RBB has to offer.

Grand Rapids Brewing Company to Return Downtown

A storied name in the city’s brewing history will return to downtown by late summer when Grand Rapids Brewing Company (GRBC) opens next door to the Van Andel Arena.

BarFly Ventures, owned by Mark and Michele Sellers, today announced the brewpub will be the ground floor anchor tenant inside the historic Hawkins and Gunn Company buildings, 1 and 7 Ionia Ave. SW.

BarFly owns some of downtown’s best-known bars, including HopCat, Stella’s Lounge, The Viceroy and McFadden’s.

“Grand Rapids Brewing Co. will be a casual, family gathering place creating approximately 60 new jobs in the heart of our city,” Mark Sellers said. “This will be a great spot to grab dinner and some homemade beer before and after events at the arena. We envision it becoming a popular spot for watching a game with friends and family members.”

The brewpub will be open seven days for lunch and dinner, employing 60 people in a variety of jobs ranging from managers and brewmasters to servers and bartenders.

The new GRBC will offer a unique food menu, 8-10 of its own house-made beers, and soft drinks. A selection of liquor, wine, and hard cider will also be available.

The original GRBC, once located at the corner of Michigan Street and Ottawa Avenue, closed on April 26, 1918 due to the Prohibition Act. It was once a dominant player in the regional beer market thanks to the popularity of its famous Silver Foam beer. BarFly plans to pay homage to the original Grand Rapids Brewing Co. with a new formulation of Silver Foam.

BarFly purchased the assets of a second incarnation of GRBC after it closed last year on 28th Street. Much of the new GRBC’s brewing equipment will come from that location. Members of the 28th Street GRBC Mug Club at the time it closed also will be given a free year’s membership in the new GRBC Mug Club.

BarFly plans to invest more than $1.5 million to renovate and combine what are currently separate store fronts in the Hawkins and Gunn buildings into a 10,000-square-foot space capable of seating up to 450 customers. An event space in the lower level will be able to accommodate parties of up to 100 people.

The western side of the building facing Van Andel Arena and a historic brick-paved alley will bring excitement and visual appeal by opening up what had been loading dock doors. BarFly plans to install a deck for open-air seating and, during summer months, will open the three large garage doors facing VanAndel Arena.

“This location is the corner of ‘Main and Main’ of the city’s entertainment district, and I couldn’t be more excited about locating GRBC here” Mark Sellers said. “We are excited to create another unique, locally owned anchor to what we think is becoming one of the most interesting entertainment districts in the Midwest.”

GRBC will occupy most of the ground floors of both buildings. It will be an integral part of the $7.5 million 616 Lofts on Ionia mixed-use project announced last week. That project will put 26 market-rate apartments on the upper three floors of the buildings and offices on the second floor.

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