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Sisters open brewery

June 14, 2018
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Three Blondes Brewing female co-owners
Megan Zernicke, left, Carrie Troyer and Amanda Johnson. Courtesy Three Blondes Brewing

Three sisters have opened a brewery next to their family business in the region.

Three Blondes Brewing opened today after breaking ground on a new building in October.

“We are so very appreciative of the support we are receiving from our community and followers,” the brewery says on its Facebook page. “We can’t wait to share Three Blondes Brewing with you!”

The new $2-million, 7,000-square-foot building includes the brewery, a bar and restaurant and is connected to VanDerZee Motorplex in South Haven, at 1875 Phoenix St.

Benton Harbor-based Pearson Construction was the general contractor for the project, with Honor Credit Union providing financial support.

Three Blondes will offer 10 to 12 beers brewed on-site, according to the brewery’s website.

The menu will feature “locally sourced” options, with a focus on traditional pub fare: pizza, burgers, sandwiches and a variety of shareable plates.

The “three blondes” of the brewery are the daughters of Motorplex owners Ray VanDerZee and Linda VanDerZee.

The sisters and their husbands, who co-own and operate the brewery, are Carrie Troyer and Adam Troyer, Megan Zernicke and Matt Zernicke and Amanda Johnson and Joe Johnson.

Carrie Troyer told the Business Journal in November the decision to build a brewery next to their VanDerZee Motorplex was partly for convenience but also because the location provides good exposure.

“It’s less than a mile from the expressway (I-196), and we have plenty of space for parking,” she said.

Regular hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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