Brewpub opens doors


Courtesy Schaendorf Brewing Company

A new brewpub has opened in the region as part of a four-phase urban revitalization project.

Schaendorf Brewing Company will host its formal grand opening and ribbon cutting this Friday at 11 a.m. in downtown Allegan, at 412 Water St.

The grand opening signifies the completion of phase-one reconstruction on the historic site. Phase one included re-opening the restaurant at 412 Water St. with a new menu in September. 

The restaurant will start full dinner service with the grand-opening celebration.

Co-owner Ben Schaendorf, who's also a co-founder of Hopkins-based Schaendorf Cattle Co., hopes the new brewpub will be a gathering place for the area.

“We saw this as an opportunity to give back to our local community, feature beef raised in our backyard and highlight the diversity of what’s grown in Michigan,” Schaendorf said.

Construction is also underway in the adjoining west wing of the building for phase two, which will become an on-site beer production facility that will be led by the business' co-owner and Schaendorf's brother-in-law, Kyle Heslip, as well as a market with packaged beer and Schaendorf beef.

The brewery and market will span 3,200 square feet.

“On a seven-barrel system, we’ll be able to produce regular new releases and one-of-kind, barrel-aged beers with the intent of offering to-go sales for patrons,” Heslip said.

Once complete, the brewery side of the restaurant will open with customer seating, while the current dining room will close for renovations during phase three. Before the brewery is operational, the restaurant will feature offerings from Bridgman-based Tapistry Brewing – where Heslip is the current head brewer – along with other Michigan craft beers.

The final phase will be restoring Rebekah Hall on the second floor for special events. Serving the community of Allegan for decades, Rebekah Hall was named after the female arm of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which once used the space.

The current restaurant space seats 74, and Rebekah Hall is estimated to host parties up to 200.

Schaendorf Brewing Company is investing about $500,000 into the total project.

The majority of the renovations are being handled by Stedfast Construction out of Alto.

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