Breweries leading neighborhood development

8:20 AM, Jan 27, 2014   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

(GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS JOURNAL) When Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers walked into an empty rundown truck depot in 2007, they saw something others didn't.

They transformed the rusted-out building on the south edge of downtown Grand Rapids into a warm, friendly taproom and production brewery. Now, seven years and another $25 million expansion later, it's even warmer and friendlier. The owners of Founders Brewing Co., 235 Grandville Ave. SW, have turned the old industrial transportation hub into a thriving brewery, not to mention a cultural hub of Grand Rapids - or Beer City USA.

It wasn't the first time Founders had searched out such a location. The brewery started in 1997 in the Brass Works Building on North Monroe, which was not the hopping location it is now. The main draw of both locations: plenty of space at a cheap price. Both qualities are a necessity for breweries because startup costs are expensive and equipment takes up a lot of space.

For the complete story, go to the website of the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Most Viewed Articles

Most Watched Videos