The Grand Rapids Brewing Company re-opened earlier this month in downtown Grand Rapids to much praise. This brewery originally opened its doors way back in 1893 and was the largest brewery in this area. It went out of business in 1918 due to prohibition. Eventually the doors opened again at their 28th st location, but the restaurant/brewery had a reputation for being very generic. It closed once again in 2011.
Brought to you by the same people responsible for HopCat, the new owners saw a great opportunity to revive the Grand Rapids Brewing Company name and give it personality. Scoring a stellar location at 1 Ionia Ave SW, they began creating the menu of food and drinks, hoping to create new excitement for the brand. The menu is filled with gourmet style classics with an emphasis on local, home grown ingredients. They are also the only all-organic brewery in the midwest.
They have 18 brews on tap featuring their own creations, plus popular beers from other Michigan breweries like Founders, Bells, Brewery Vivant, and Short's. The Grand Rapids Brewing Company named their beers after some of the founders of our city such as John Ball and Lucius Lyon. The atmosphere has a very turn of the century feel. From the logo to the rustic wood floors and exposed brick, the decor points to history of the brewery. Many of the materials are recycled or reclaimed, fitting with the owners' environmentally friendly outlook.
Grand Rapids was named "Beer City USA" in 2012. Another unique brewery downtown only helps solidify this title for a long time to come.
For more information, check out their website and facebook page: