Brewery distributing to Ohio


Big Lake Brewing's Barrel-Aged Darkstar is a breakfast stout with an 8% ABV. Photo via

A brewery in the region is expanding its reach.

Holland-based Big Lake Brewing said yesterday it will begin out-of-state distribution with shipments of beer heading to Ohio, through a distribution deal with Cleveland-based Sixth City Distribution. The brewery currently distributes in Michigan.

The brewery will begin sending shipments of cans of Ryecoe and Citra Session, as well as kegs of Ryecoe, Citra Session, Ramarillo and Leroy Brown to the Cleveland area, according to Nic Winsemius, co-owner, Big Lake Brewing.

Expanding brewery

The distribution expansion follows news in the past sixth months of a Big Lake Brewing production facility on 19th Street in Holland and the relocation of its pub to downtown Holland in the former Serafina’s location, at 13 W. 7th St.

The production facility provides an upgraded capacity of 3,000 barrels of beer per year, and the new taproom is expected to open later this year.

“We’re excited to be moving into the downtown Holland area to join other great breweries and restaurants that have paved the way for a company like ours,” said Travis Prueter, co-owner, Big Lake Brewing, at the time of the relocation announcement.

“We’re humbled at how well our product has been received by our community and look forward to increasing our awareness and connection to downtown residents and visitors.”

Big Lake Brewing was founded in 2013 by Winsemius, Prueter and Greg MacKeller.

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