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With more than 5,300 craft brewers already on the market, and many more scheduled to open in the near future, the craft brewing industry has started to mature.

Published in Beer and wine

Byron Center-based Pilot Malt House LLC, a supplier of malted grains to the beer and distillery industry, has experienced only growth since its founding in 2012. In that time, the company has expanded from 10 acres to 3,000 acres of barley and could break the 4,000-acre mark in 2017. Earlier this year, Pilot Malt signed a deal with ingredient supplier Country Malt Group to have its products distributed nationwide, which could open new possibilities for continued growth, according to founder and President Erik May. He told MiBiz he’s bullish on the craft beer and distilling industries, even as some signs of weakness emerge. 

Published in Crystal Ball

When Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish launched a two-year search to locate the Oregon company’s first satellite production facility, one of his top criteria was determining whether the state and local community wanted his business.

Published in Economic Development

In a bid to grow the talent pool for Michigan’s nascent craft brewing industry, Byron Center-based Pilot Malt House LLC has announced a $500 scholarship for students in the sustainable brewing program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Published in Beer and wine

Erik May, the owner of Pilot Malt House LLC, had always envisioned expanding his West Michigan-based craft beverage supply chain business to other markets.

Published in In the News

The craft beverage industry in West Michigan is looking quite frothy these days.

Published in Beer and wine

Despite an initial rush of publicity after it was passed in late 2013, entrepreneurs’ interest in securities-based crowdfunding under the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE) Act has waned throughout 2015.

Published in Finance

As Michigan hops production spiked in recent years, startups have begun to recognize a need for another key locally sourced beer (and spirits) ingredient: malted grain.

Published in Agribiz

If two recent examples are any indication, companies in West Michigan seem attracted to the promise of securities-based crowdfunding, but often find better and more lucrative offers from traditional investment avenues.

Published in Finance

A year-old law aimed to make it easier for all kinds of small businesses in Michigan to raise capital via intrastate crowdfunding. But the only companies consistently taking advantage of the new fundraising tool have been in the food and beverage industry, particularly craft breweries.

Published in Finance
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