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Co-op leases space for brewery

August 9, 2018
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High Five Co-Op Brewery Kentwood pre-open
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A brewing cooperative has secured the site for its first brewery.

High Five Co-op Brewery said yesterday it signed a lease for a 2,500-square-foot space in Kentwood, at 3846 52nd St. SE.

The location will include a taproom and on-site brewing with a three-to-five-barrel system.

There are currently no plans to serve food on site.

High Five Co-Op President Laura Barbrick said it’s been a long time for the co-op to get to this point.

Previously, the organization would just hold member meetings and other events, but after extensive legal work and generating enough capital through a 2016 campaign, the member-owners are ready to move their brewing concept into a physical location.

“Our board of directors have been searching the real estate market in West Michigan for nearly two years,” Barbrick said. “We believe this location offers a lot of great potential and is in a rapidly growing area. We are excited to bring our new cooperatively owned brewpub to Kentwood.

The space will require a build out to accommodate the new brewery. High Five plans to begin construction after it achieves local, state and federal approvals. The organization anticipates opening the location some time in 2019.

High Five will also focus on growing its membership and raising additional capital for the new brewery.

Founded in 2011, High Five was inspired by Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery in Austin, Texas. High Five founder Dallas McCulloch took part in a 5x5 business competition and was awarded $5,000 in startup capital.

The cooperative is built on principles that include a focus on the community, cooperation with other cooperatives, education of its members and democratic governance, which allows all of its members to vote on the direction of the brewery.

The co-op has over 150 members and expects renewed interest now that a location has been secured. Member‐owners purchase a lifetime membership for a one‐time fee. 

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