Three sisters building brewery


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A trio of sisters are creating a new brewery in the region.

Three Blondes Brewing is being built in South Haven, at 1875 Phoenix St.

The 7,000-square-foot, $2-million space will accommodate a brewery, bar and restaurant.

The business broke ground last week and is aiming to open around spring 2018.

Family business

The brewery will be an addition to the VanDerZee Motorplex dealership, which is owned by Ray VanDerZee and Linda VanDerZee. The brewery will share a wall with the dealership, and there will be a door between the businesses.

The VanDerZee daughters and their husbands will own and operate the brewery: Carrie Troyer and Adam Troyer; Megan Zernicke and Matt Zernicke; and Amanda Johnson and Joe Johnson.

Three Blondes Brewing will offer a wide variety of IPAs, lagers, stouts, porters, amber ales and its signature blonde, as well as wines and ciders.

The restaurant will seat around 100 people, and there will be some additional outdoor seating.

Carrie Troyer said brewery will have a “modern industrial” design.

She added that the decision to open the brewery adjacent to her parents’ business was partially out of convenience but also because it proved to be a good business location.

“It’s less than a mile from the expressway (I-196), and we have plenty of space for parking,” Troyer said.

Firms on the project

Benton Harbor-based Pearson Construction is the project’s general contractor.

Honor Credit Union will provide financial support for the project. 

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