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Brewery opening taproom in Grand Rapids

September 5, 2019
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Arvon Brewing plans to move to Grand Rapids by the end of the year. Courtesy Arvon Brewing Co.

A suburban brewery is moving its production operations to Grand Rapids and opening an on-site taproom.

Arvon Brewing Co. founders Brett Bristol and Lauren Stanko Bristol and Jake Stanko and Abby Stanko are planning to move their business from 3057 Broadway Ave. SW in Grandville to 1006 S. Division Ave. in Grand Rapids by the end of the year, according to Brett Bristol.

Bristol said they are shifting from a production-only model to an “IPA-focused craft brewery and taproom” that will offer 12 rotating taps, including New England-style IPAs such as Jurassic Haze, Voyager, DeTour Reef and Profound Technique.

He said the move to a new location comes primarily out of Arvon’s need to increase production capacity, as lately the brewers have been “unable to keep up with the demand.”

Having a taproom will give the owners “immediate feedback on what craft beer enthusiasts are looking for,” he added.

Bristol said the taproom will not serve food, but the owners are working with the Grand Rapids Food Truck Association to secure an agreement to host local food trucks and vendors during open hours.

“We have lots of space for them to park right out front, so we’re looking to have rotating food truck options to enjoy while we focus on brewing and serving beer,” the brewery said in the comments on a Sept. 3 Facebook post.

Arvon Brewing Co. will continue to distribute canned and bottled beer to select area taprooms and retailers after the move, according to Bristol.

The brewery currently has seven employees, both part time and full time, and plans to “potentially” hire more staff members for the new location.

Tentative taproom hours will be 3-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturday, according to Bristol.

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