GRAND RAPIDS - Founders Brewing Co. plans to expand beyond its physical Grand Rapids roots and open a taproom and brewing facility in the Motor City.
The state’s second largest brewery said in a statement that it will begin construction this summer on a 14,000-square-foot facility at 456 Charlotte St. in Detroit’s burgeoning Cass Corridor area, north of downtown and in close proximity to the under-construction Little Caesar’s Arena.
“It’s a hard working, no-nonsense, culturally diverse and musically-inspired town,” Mark Dorich, Founders’ vice president of retail operations, said in a statement. “Some of our strongest support has come from the east side of Michigan, and we could not think of a better place to expand our taproom experience. We anticipate creating a taproom that is inspired by what we do in Grand Rapids, but unique in its own Motown way.”
While the company says it will be brewing beers on site “specific to the Detroit location,” it’s not clear how large the brewing aspect of the facility will be.
Founders says it expects to have the Detroit location open by winter of 2017.
Crain’s Detroit Business first reported the news of Founders’ expansion plans yesterday afternoon.