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SPRINGFIELD, Mich. – Territorial Brewing Company, a brewery in Springfield that specializes in brewing lagers, announced it has expanded brewing operations into a new production facility to meet increased demand by beer lovers, bars and restaurants in Battle Creek.

The first batch of beer was brewed at the new location on Dec. 4, 2017.

“We have struggled to brew enough beer and keep up with demand since first opening in November of 2014, and this new location will allow us to keep up with demand while staying true to the beers we love to make,” said Tim Davis, co-owner of Territorial Brewing Company.

Up until December, Territorial was brewing beer in a space shared with its restaurant kitchen.

“The space was incredibly cramped and we were constantly getting in the way of the kitchen staff, and vice versa,” Davis said. “In fact, it got so bad that we resorted to only brewing beer at night, when the kitchen was closed. This new location will allow us to brew beer on a more consistent schedule and keep up with demand.”

Territorial produces mostly lager beers, which take considerably longer to ferment than ales. This limits the overall volume of beer Territorial can produce in a given time.

“Territorial Brewing Company excels at brewing German-inspired beers that require a lengthy fermentation time and keen attention to detail, and this new production facility will allow them to meet the growing demand for these high-quality lagers,” said Bud Dunn, president of Atlas Sales Inc. “We’re proud to work hand-in-hand with small craft brewers like Territorial Brewing Company to help them grow and succeed.”

The new production brewery is not open to the public. However, the original restaurant and taproom, located at 256 N Helmer Road, will remain open.

“We’re proud to serve as a gathering place for so many customers who live and work nearby and thank them for their loyalty as we worked through our behind-the-scenes growing pains the last three years,” said Charles Grantier, co-owner of Territorial Brewing Company.

 “As Battle Creek’s only brewery, we want to help make Battle Creek and Springfield a fun, vibrant community and a destination for visitors near and far,” Davis said.

 

BATTLE CREEK — Beer enthusiasts were able to party with the wallabees on Friday night.
For the third year, Binder Park Zoo’s BontebOktoberfest featured beers from across the state, food and, most importantly, zoo animals.
Roughly 1,000 people were in attendance, battling cold and wet weather. All proceeds went toward the preservation of the zoo’s programs.
As it had done in previous years, Arcadia Ales brewed a beer specifically for the event — this time named Goldilocks and the Three Beers (6.3% ABV). The red ale was a bit bready and piney in flavor, and featured subtle, floral hops throughout the sip.
Attendees also were able to take home a 12-ounce bottle of the brew.
Of all the beers sampled that day though, I left being most excited about Bad Bear Brewery’s Peanut Butter Porter (7.3% ABV). The dark-brown colored brew was very balanced for what I’d consider a “specialized” beer, with a subtle, natural peanut butter flavor that was reminiscent of the high quality, organic peanut butter you might see on store shelves. It was the first brew I tried, and when I went back for more later in the night, it was completely gone, and for good reason.
I also was impressed with Olde Peninsula’s Stout Chocula (5.25% ABV) — a milk stout with layers of cocoa, vanilla and nut. It was pretty drinkable — being medium bodied with light carbonation.
The $40 event also featured live music from band Funktion, a 50/50 raffle, a “Lizard Lounge” and carousel derby.

BATTLE CREEK — Beer enthusiasts were able to party with the wallabees on Friday night.

For the third year, Binder Park Zoo’s BontebOktoberfest featured beers from across the state, food and, most importantly, zoo animals.

Roughly 1,000 people were in attendance, battling cold and wet weather. All proceeds went toward the preservation of the zoo’s programs.

As it had done in previous years, Arcadia Ales brewed a beer specifically for the event — this time named Goldilocks and the Three Beers (6.3% ABV). The red ale was a bit bready and piney in flavor, and featured subtle, floral hops throughout the sip.

Attendees also were able to take home a 12-ounce bottle of the brew.

Of all the beers sampled that day though, I left being most excited about Bad Bear Brewery’s Peanut Butter Porter (7.3% ABV). The dark-brown colored brew was very balanced for what I’d consider a “specialized” beer, with a subtle, natural peanut butter flavor that was reminiscent of the high quality, organic peanut butter you might see on store shelves. It was the first brew I tried, and when I went back for more later in the night, it was completely gone, and for good reason.

I also was impressed with Olde Peninsula’s Stout Chocula (5.25% ABV) — a milk stout with layers of cocoa, vanilla and nut. It was pretty drinkable — being medium bodied with light carbonation.

The $40 event also featured live music from band Funktion, a 50/50 raffle, a “Lizard Lounge” and carousel derby.

KALAMAZOO — The laws of supply and demand struck Arcadia Ales, and resulted in the pulling out of several markets for the Battle Creek-based brewery three years ago.

But last Thursday, Arcadia embarked on a $5.4 million journey to expand its operations with a new facility on the downtown riverfront in Kalamazoo. The new facility — in the works since August 2011 — will allow Arcadia to keep up the demand of the Michigan and Illinois markets and back into select U.S. markets, but certainly is not abandoning the Battle Creek market, Arcadia Founder & President Tim Suprise said.

“Recognizing our company’s role within the Battle Creek community and maintaining loyalty to our existing patrons is just as important as the expansion itself,” Suprise said in a release. “We are continually grateful to our distributor and retail partners as well as the many customers who have made Arcadia Brewing Company a success in Battle Creek, and we are optimistically looking forward to developing an equally important role and worthy presence downtown and the greater Kalamazoo community.”

But mostly what the new facility provides is a relief for the company — established in 1996 — allowing them to get back to where they once were. The company currently distribtures throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas and Pennsylvania. Suprise said they plan to expand into six more markets.

“We are going to go back to those markets we pulled out of in a selected fashion,” Suprise said. “Few other strategic markets as well, very measured and deliberate. We’ve done it the other way and we’ve seen how that worked out. We want to grow organically.”

BATTLE CREEK — Arcadia Brewing Company has announced it will bottle and release B-Craft Black (8.5% ABV), a Double IPA or Cascadian Ale this April.

Combining malt with a generous amount of hops, Arcadia describes the brew as featuring complex flavors with a citrusy hop aroma. It highlights roasted malt flavors of chocolate and coffee, and has an impressive hop bitterness.

B-Craft Black will be available on draft and in 12-ounce four packs beginning April 17.


We sit down with founder and president Tim Suprise, of Arcadia Brewing Company, about the first 15 years of his brewery and expansion plans for the future.

While it may have looked like an ordinary day at Arcadia Brewing Company on Saturday, celebration was in the air.

That’s because the downtown Battle Creek brewery and restaurant celebrated 15 years in the beer business, making Saturday a day founder Timothy Suprise wasn’t certain he’d ever see.

“There were plenty of times you think that you’ve turned the corner and you still have a number of challenges ahead of you,” Suprise said. “There’s been a lot of twists and turns, but thankfully over the last few years we’ve had some excellent growth and that’s helped us to stay in the business for the long haul.”

During the brewery’s 15th Anniversary Party — a Scottish/Highland-themed Christmas celebration — patrons were entertained through the Yard of Ale Contest, a Celtic band and bagpipe music. The day also included Suprise’s annual recitation of Robert Burns’s “Address to a Haggis.”

“It’s our way of celebrating another year in the beer business,” Suprise said.

Of course, there was also the beer. Arcadia’s XV Anniversary Ale and 15 Anniversary Ale were limited edition sour browns available only at the party. Both brews were aged with cherries — the XV with wine barrels and the 15 with bourbon barrels. Additionally, three special taps were available at different times of the day, including Cereal Killer Barleywine, Russian Imperial Stout and Shipwreck Porter.

An English Barleywine with full-bodied malts and flavors of raisin and dates, Cereal Killer had hints of citrus-like hop bitterness. The Russian Imperial featured coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate and black licorice flavors with a hint of prunes. Lastly, Shipwreck was a Baltic-style porter aged for 12 months in a 10-year-old Kentucky bourbon oak barrel.

All in all, the day was reason to celebrate for Arcadia, a milestone for a brewery that Suprise now sees continuing its success in the next 15 years and well beyond.

“I think anyone who starts a business hopes and intends of their business to make it for the long term, but sometimes it’s a little bit more challenging,” he said. “We’re grateful for sure to be able to celebrate 15 years and also to do it in this community in Battle Creek. This has been a very good town for us.”


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