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Displaying items by tag: Speciation Artisan Ales LLC

Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:37

COPING WITH COVID-19: Speciation Artisan Ales leverages business model for survival, pushes ahead on second location

Mitch Ermatinger’s outlook has improved in the weeks since the mid-March closure of all Michigan bars and restaurants, but the economic effects of the pandemic are still weighing heavily on the co-founder of Speciation Artisan Ales LLC. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 21 February 2020 05:00

Bill would eliminate token system for Michigan beer festivals

A bill introduced in the state Legislature would change how beer festivals operate in Michigan.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:00

Growth Report: January 6, 2020

This is the MiBiz growth report for January 6, 2020.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 23 December 2019 15:07

Speciation Artisan Ales plans new Grand Rapids location

GRAND RAPIDS — Comstock Park-based Speciation Artisan Ales LLC plans to open a new taproom along the burgeoning Wealthy Street corridor in Grand Rapids. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:29

CRAFT BEER ROUNDTABLE: For West Michigan brewers, adaptability remains key to survival in a changing industry

As more generations become exposed over time to the craft beer industry, brewers will face new opportunities to find growth and challenges to their existing business models. Add in a healthy dose of regulatory uncertainty and shifting market dynamics that could easily catch breweries off guard financially if they scaled up too large, too soon and it’s easy to see that the craft brewing industry remains in a state of constant flux.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 03 February 2019 22:04

Craft brewers leverage cheaper, more efficient production models to get beer to market

Two West Michigan craft brewers operating with vastly differing business models are taking a similar approach to growing their operations by using capacity at other breweries. Both Sawyer-based Greenbush Brewing Co. and Muskegon-based Rake Beer Project LLC are taking advantage of a production model that allows them to get beer into the market without a significant upfront capital investment.

Published in Food/Agribusiness


Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:17

As headwinds arise, craft brewers refocus on community, smart growth

The craft brewing industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace. As breweries strive to stay relevant in the eyes of thirsty customers, they also need to find ways to keep their distributor and retail partners happy. Companies need to balance all those demands and more if they plan to grow beyond the taproom model, which still provides their most lucrative sales.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:16

Craft brewers realize benefits of year-old law allowing unpaid social media marketing

Until last year, state law barred alcoholic beverage makers and wholesalers from using social media to promote their products at the retailer level, even though many of them did anyway.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:31

The state of the craft beer industry: 3 West Michigan perspectives

The craft beer industry in Michigan essentially started with Larry Bell in 1985 launching what would become Bell’s Brewery Inc. Since then, and especially over the last decade, the industry has taken off in West Michigan and beyond. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness