Microbrewery, winery, distillery and restaurant to unveil expansion on June 15
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — Thornapple Brewing Company has announced the grand re-opening of its newly expanded space on 28th Street in Grand Rapids. The microbrewery, winery, distillery and restaurant has added 4,000 square feet to its footprint, allowing room for more guests and more beverages on tap.
The unveiling comes on the brewery’s second anniversary. There will be a party to celebrate the occasion on June 15.
The expansion has doubled the floor space in the brewery’s front of house and comes with 90 additional seats in the taproom.
“We reached a point where expanding was necessary,” said Jeff Coffey, co-owner of Thornapple Brewing Company. “With added space and seating, customers won’t have to wait in line anymore.”
Included in the expansion are a game area with darts and corn hole and a quieter section for those who just want to come in for a beer and conversation while others are enjoying live music on the weekends. The space can also be used for private events hosting up to 100 people.
Thornapple has also added a 14-tap bar, bringing the brewery’s total number of taps to 40. The expansion also comes with a new 400 square foot cooler, which will increase the brewery’s production capacity.
“We’ll be able to have a lot more varieties on tap and get more beer out into distribution,” said Eric Fouch, co-owner.
The anniversary party and grand re-opening will feature live music, indoor and outdoor games and slushie machines with housemade wine and mead slushies.
“Headbrewer Sebastian Henao will have new beers on tap to help fill in those 14 new taps,” Fouch said.
Thornapple will release its first bourbon for the occasion as well.
“The Thornapple Artisan Spirits Bourbon is a very smooth, corn forward, slightly sweet bourbon aged in oak barrels for at least one year,” Fouch said.
Coffey, a native of Green Bay and life-long Packer fan, has decorated the new space with some of his personal Packer memorabilia, including a football signed by Bart Starr. The lounge will feature “up north” themed decor as well.
“Both Eric and I enjoy the great outdoors and like to bring a bit of that to the brewery,” Coffey said.
Guests can watch Packers and Lions games in the new space all season long. All games will be shown on projection TVs.
“The Lions’ home at Thornapple Brewing Company will be in the main seating area and Packers’ home turf will be in the lounge area,” Coffey said.
Thornapple Brewing Company is the area’s only full-service microbrewery, winery, distillery and restaurant.
“We like to do a lot of things, and when we do them, we do them well,” Coffey said. “Most breweries don’t have a distillery, and we’ve got a good one. Our gin is tasty, our vodka is clean. I’ve never heard a bad word about our whiskey, and our bourbon will be the same.”
Three Thornapple beers, two ciders and one perry won awards at national and international competitions this year.
Coffey said Thornapple’s staff is to thank for the brewery’s success in its first two years.
“Our management, servers and kitchen staff work hard together to make sure our customers are happy,” Coffey said. “On busy nights it’s like an orchestra.”