Brewer Ron Jeffries has continued to gain a following both in Michigan and beyond. He is expanding his digs --- to the tune of $5.8 million worth, along with a $1.1 million tax credit recently awarded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The venture called Northern United Brewing, LLC includes Jon Carlson and Greg Lobdell whose names you'll remember from North Peak Brewing in Traverse City and Grizzly Peak Brewing in Ann Arbor. An estimated 60 jobs will be created this year alone and eventually another 100 down the road. Jeffries is president of the new company. Multiple projects are in the works. One is an expansion of Ron's Dexter facility to include a café. He's also looking for a location in downtown Ann Arbor to open a brewpub this summer. Meanwhile, up north in the Mission Peninsula, The Bowery, a casual restaurant at the historic Bowers Harbor Inn, is undergoing a renovation and expansion that includes a brewing facility. Initially the microbrewery will bottle under the North Peak brand.
in 2006 the brewery expanded into the area next door, the former Del Rio, a well known Ann Arbor night spot. Now refurbished with a beautiful oak bar, it's known as The Den and serves the full range of GP beers until 2 am.
Leopold Brothers of Ann Arbor Brewing and Distilling
Status: Closed in 2008. Opened a distillery in Denver, CO.
Moved to the building directly behind old facility in Dec. 2006. MBC is also distilling in a joint educational venture with Michigan State University. They also recently converted the brewery's power to run completely on recycled vegetable oil from the MSU kitchens.
Tuba Charlie's Brewpub
Status: Not brewing, but the restaurant and Tuba Museum are still open. Will White still has plans to opened a LEED certified brewery next door.
This microbrewery opened July 2006 and is owned by Matt and Rene Greff (who also own Arbor Brewing Company). There is a 20 bbl brewhouse, bottling line and a nine county distribution. The tasting room is large and friendly and reminds us of a German beer hall. There is also an enclosed beer garden behind the building and a small kitchen. You can order in from local restaurants.
OGB is a microbrewery housed in a refurbished garage just off U.S. 23. Owner and brewer Brad Sancho is open Mon. - Fri. 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat.11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.; closed Sun. Every Tuesday a small 10 gallon batch is released at 6 p.m.