Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Grey Line Brewing Co. Is A Welcome Addition To Beer City

Written by  Aimee West
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Grand Rapids has earned the title Beer City, and with another new brewery located at 1727 Alpine Avenue NW called Grey Line Brewing Co., that title is secure. This will be the ninth brewery located in the city limits of Grand Rapids. With two more opening later this summer (Harmony Hall and New Holland satellite location), I see them keeping the Beer City title for a long time.
Grey Line Brewing Co. is owned by Nathan Walser and Kevin Clancy both former Founders Brewing Co. managers. They are currently talking to the Grand Rapids Planning Commission about grants and special land use permits. The pair are also applying for a microbrewery license that allows for self­distribution. In addition, they are looking into a small wine­making licence for future mead and cider production.

The name comes from the line between black and white. “I find it striking and amazing how every person has their own line they draw – this is OK, and this is not; this is good and this is bad. I have always found that to be uniquely different between individuals,” said Nathan.

Nathan and Kevin both bring a lot of experience to the creation of a new brewery. Nathan is a MBAA Certified Master Brewer and has his own consulting firm focusing on brewery logistics and equipment design. He previously brewed at both Perrin Brewing Co. and Founders Brewing Co. Kevin was previously a general manager at Founders when it was located in the Brass Works Building.

The brewers are not planning on opening a huge space. Currently, they are planning enough space for a 55 seat tasting room, a seven barrel brewhouse, deli items served from a small kitchen and an outdoor patio area with seating for 20 people. They want to create an intimate, cozy area for conversations and fun.

Dan VanderKooi (staff writer) had this to say about Grey Line opening in Grand Rapids, “Grey Line Brewing will be a destination for sure. The Alpine corridor already serves as the stomping grounds for my favorite breweries: Cellar in Sparta, Rockford Brewing, and of course Perrin in Comstock Park. A new brewery located directly on Alpine and in Grand Rapids proper will be a welcome addition to Beer City and that one of the founders is an experienced brewer is a bonus!”

We can't wait to see what styles Nathan creates. He has previously helped develop the recipes for Founders Dirty Bastard, Centennial IPA, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Blushing Monk. These are all well known and in some cases highly sought after brews. He also helped on recipes for Perrin Black, Gold, Kona Brown and Grapefruit IPA. Nathan is excited to be able to brew many different types of styles. He said, “I'm finally able to not be pigeonholed into making one style, one type. I'm really excited. I have a lot of ideas.” With Nathan being part of the creative process behind such great brands already, we see exciting things coming from Grey Line Brewing Co.

Aimee West

Aimee West

Is new to the craft beer scene but always willing and wanting to learn more.