The Lansing beer scene is about to get a massive makeover with the addition of two craft beer establishments.
Barfly Ventures LLC, owner of three bars and the Grand Rapids Brewing Co., announced Thursday it would open two new businesses in Lansing.
The company will open a second location of its world-reknowned HopCat in downtown East Lansing, offering more than 100 craft beer taps, the largest selection in the state. HopCat in Grand Rapids has been named the No. 2 and No. 3 beer bar in the world on various lists.
Lansing Brewing Co. will open in the Stadium District Apartments in downtown Lansing, across from Cooley Law Stadium, the Lansing Lugnuts’ home field. A brewery operated under the name from 1898 to 1914.
“Lansing and East Lansing have thousands of resident who are passionate about good food and good beer, but the market seems under-served,” Barfly owner Mark Sellers said in a release. “I’m excited to revive the historic Lansing Brewing Co. name downtown and bring HopCat’s unmatched selection of craft beers and high-quality food to downtown East Lansing.”
Sellers is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Broad School of Business.
Barfly project coordinator Sam Short lives in East Lansing with his wife, who works at the Michigan State College of Law. He’ll manage the two new projects.
Both projects are slated to create about 50 jobs and slated to open in late summer 2013.