It was announced today that Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewery is coming to Detroit later this year to open a second taproom.
Founders has been busy for the past twenty years building their brand and distribution around the world. They are currently the 14th largest brewery in the country. Besides being a pretty big deal in Michigan, they distribute their beer to 46 states and 29 countries.
There are still some things that need to be ironed out (like what the tap room will look like and the menu) but here are the things we do know.
1. The new taproom will be located at 456 Charlotte Street in the Cass Corridor / Midtown area
The taproom will utilize the 14,000 square foot building that was built in 1937. With all of the work that has been done in this area, I have a feeling this is going to be a prime location for Founders. You’re steps away from the Masonic Temple and the new Little Caesars Arena.
2. Financing is still being finalized
Midtown Detroit, Inc. and Invest Detroit are investing around $4 million for this project.
3. Work is expected to start this summer on the building
If everything goes as planned you should be able to get a pint of Founders All Day IPA by the winter of 2017. No, they didn’t have a rendering available as the drawings weren’t done yet.
4. While they expect to fill some jobs with current Grand Rapids employees, they will also be hiring locally
Co-Founders Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers have said they plan to have about 100 employees in the new tap room. Hiring is anticipated to start later this year.
5. Founders plans on brewing beer at this location as well
You will still be able to get your favorite year-round, seasonal, and specialty beers on tap at the new location. But you will also get a chance to try some new exclusive beers that will be brewed in Detroit. These beers will only be available in Detroit.