SUTTONS BAY — Construction has begun at the site of Suttons Bay’s first microbrewery — Hop Lot Brewing Co.

Brothers Steve and Drew Lutke sought professional guidance from civil engineers, building architects and landscape architects to bring their idea of an ‘up north’ brewery to life. Site plans and architectural drawings call for renovations to an existing structure for brewery production, including a new 1,300 sq. ft. structure for taproom space, a half-acre outdoor beer garden and a 1,400 sq. ft. hop garden.

“From the road, you’ll have no idea what you’re about to drive into and the experience you’re about to have,” said Drew Lutke.  “We’ll be utilizing the naturally wooded lot as a backdrop to the beer and hop gardens.”

Contractors will be laying the foundation for the taproom this week and also start renovations on an existing structure which will be used for brewery production.

The brothers, originally from Holland, have submitted brewery licensing paperwork to both the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) and MLCC (Michigan Liquor Control Commission) and are awaiting approval to begin brewing on their equipment in the next few weeks.

Hop Lot plans to open with several beers on tap, covering many popular ale styles to appeal to many tastes, and eventually expand their selection to 10 taps. “Our goal is a July opening and we are fighting as hard as we can to make it happen,” said Steve Lutke.

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