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Nathan Peck

Nathan Peck

Andy Winkel is doing somewhat of a balancing act at Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids.

Mike Stevens, president of Founders Brewing Co., can laugh now about some of the poor choices the Grand Rapids-based craft brewer made over the years.

The growth of the craft beer scene in Southwest Michigan means that from Kalamazoo to Paw Paw or from Marshall to Battle Creek, drinkers can find beers to fit their palates, whether it’s the wild experimental brews at Dark Horse or summer wheat beers like Bell’s Oberon and Arcadia Ales’ Whitsun. 

It was nearly seven years ago when the Danish sales representative first stopped by Kuhnhenn Brewery looking for American-style IPAs. 

For the company started by brothers Eric and Bret Kuhnhenn, exports have become a significant portion of their sales – amounting to more than 12 percent of the Warren brewery’s output in 2012. 

But exports were not initially a part of their business plan.

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