Brewery opens in historic Armory
Grand Haven’s newest brewery is filling a historic void.
Opened in July, Grand Armory Brewing has had a successful first two months, largely without its main brewing system. The brewery is located within the 110-year-old Armory building in downtown Grand Haven, 17 S. Second St. The soft opening period is coming to a close, with a grand opening party scheduled for Oct. 8. It will be in conjunction with the Grand Haven Art Walk, with a free concert by The Crane Wives.
Founders Ben Tabor and Ryan Andrews received approvals from the city planning and community development department in March. Brewing is done in a facility on Airpark Drive.
“Ben and I first developed our interest in craft beer while we were attending Western Michigan University,” Andrews said. “My brewery visits in Dublin, Ireland, Tokyo, Japan, and Portland, Oregon, were also very influential in my love for brewing and craft beer. Traveling to different breweries helped me acquire a strong appreciation for the art of brewing. Ben and I reconnected in Grand Haven and we’ve been brewing together and refining our recipes for several years — recipes that feature historical styles and well-crafted beers.”
With 20 taps, the brewery hopes to provide customers with classic examples of ales and lagers. The brewery is waiting on its large brewing system, but works on a smaller system and has brewed at Whitehall's Fetch Brewing Co. to make sure beer is flowing.
Listed on the brewery’s website, Grand Armory has six beers on tap, including: Crop Duster IPA, Brown Bess Ale, Coast Guard City Pale Ale, Buzzuka Coffee Milk Stout, Porter Party and Red Ryder IPA.
The brewery also has a mix of wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages available.
“We want the taproom to have a comfortable atmosphere that preserves elements of the Armory and features scenes from Grand Haven’s history,” Tabor said.
The Armory also is home to three other businesses: Righteous Cuisine, Aldea Coffee and the Armory Arts Center. Tabor said all four businesses work together and make the historic home a truly collaborative place.
Odd Side Ales has operated in Grand Haven since 2010 and Dutch Girl Brewery opened in Spring Lake earlier this year. Old Boys’ Brewhouse opened in Spring Lake in 1997.