Monday, May 05, 2014

Construction Underway at Hop Lot Brewing Co.

Written by  Paul Starr
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Hop Lot Brewing Co., opening Summer 2014, is located on a 5.5 acre wooded parcel in Suttons Bay and will feature a newly constructed taproom, beer garden and hop garden. SUTTONS BAY, MI (May 5, 2014) – Construction has begun at the site of Suttons Bay’s first microbrewery Hop Lot Brewing Co. Brothers Steve and Drew Lutke sought professional guidance from civil engineers, building architects and landscape architects to bring their idea of an ‘up north’ brewery to life. Site plans and architectural drawings call for renovations to an existing structure for brewery production, including a new 1,300 sq. ft. structure for taproom space, a half-acre outdoor beer garden and a 1,400 sq. ft. hop garden.
“We have an incredible space that allows us to create a beer oasis in an already beautiful area,” said Drew Lutke. The new brewery located off of M-22 just south of Downtown Suttons Bay sits on 5.5 acres of partially wooded property. “From the road, you’ll have no idea what you’re about to drive into and the experience you're about to have,” added Lutke. “We’ll be utilizing the naturally wooded lot as a backdrop to the beer and hop gardens.” Contractors will be laying the foundation for the taproom this week and also start renovations on an existing structure which will be used for brewery production. “The taproom faces the west and will have a panoramic view of the beer garden thanks to our fascination with windows,” said Lutke.

The brothers, originally from Holland, MI, have submitted brewery licensing paperwork to both the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) and MLCC (Michigan Liquor Control Commission) and are awaiting approval to begin brewing on their equipment in the next few weeks. "We are in the final stage of obtaining our brewer’s notice. The opening day tap list has been set, and we are anxiously waiting to get all of this deliciousness off paper and into the fermenters," said co-owner and Master Brewer, Steve Lutke. Hop Lot plans to open with several beers on tap, covering many popular ale styles to appeal to many tastes, and eventually expand their selection to 10 taps. “Our goal is a July opening and we are fighting as hard as we can to make it happen,” added Lutke.

In preparation for their opening, Hop Lot will begin interviewing candidates for serving and bartending positions within the next month. Those who may be interested are asked to look for updates through Hop Lot’s website and their Facebook page.

About Hop Lot Brewing Company

Brothers Steve and Drew Lutke from Holland, Michigan took one step onto the Leelanau Peninsula and knew immediately it was the place to build their dream. With family ties to the Suttons Bay area, the pair have been working on beer recipes, site and business plans for over two years. They are set to open the doors July, 2014 with a variety of popular ale styles on tap. Steve has earned his brewing certificate at the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy in Chicago, Il. For more information about the Hop Lot Brewing Company’s future please visit http://www.hoplotbrewing.com or or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.