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Downtown brewery schedules opening

August 10, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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City Built Brewing Co.
City Built Brewing Co. in northwest Grand Rapids will focus on "distinctive" beer flavors and a Puerto Rican-influenced menu. Photo via

A downtown brewery has announced its opening date.

City Built Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids, at 820 Monroe Ave. NW, said today that it plans to open on Sept. 23.

The announcement was made by co-founders Edwin Collazo and David Petroelje as they installed the brewery’s 10-barrel brewing system.

The brewery has 30 investors from across the Grand Rapids community.

City Built is in a 6,000-square-foot retail location on the first floor of 616 Lofts on Monroe by Grand Rapids-based 616 Development.

The space’s build out is being managed by Honor Construction, with architecture work by Lott3Metz Architecture.

“It is important to us, as a company, to contribute to the culture and commerce of our city and build spaces where people can gather,” said Brad Laackman, CEO, Honor Construction.

Collazo said the brewery will serve Puerto Rican-inspired food and low hopped, herbal and fruit-infused beer styles.

City Built will have a 50-person private area, which will hopefully be used by businesses during the day, along with two lounge areas and a dining room with its 35-foot bar.

Collazo also said he hopes the brewery can act as a community gathering place for the multiple apartment buildings in the North Monroe neighborhood, both in existence and planned.

“We love our community, and we are thrilled to be a part of the growth in the North Monroe neighborhood, while adding to the expansion of West Michigan’s craft beer industry,” Petroelje said.

616 Lofts on Monroe retail space is also committed to Beer City Barre, Fido & Stitch, Field & Fire and CKO Kickboxing. 

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