“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” – Benjamin FranklinSoon, there will be even more happiness on Beaver Island as the Whiskey Point Brewing Company moves forward with their plans to open a microbrewery early this summer!
The site is the old McDonough’s Market building, which Patrick McGinnity, founder of the Whiskey Point Brewing Company, says is just about perfect for the combination brewery and tap room.
McGinnity says his interest in craft beer goes back to his days teaching English at CMU. As he tried more varieties of craft beer he became interested in brewing up some of his own. Having a fresh bottle of homebrew to look forward to after a long evening of grading papers worked as a mighty motivator. He started in small batches in the kitchen for friends and family. When he later found himself brewing up 10 gallons (and “the humidity level in the house rose dramatically”) he began thinking seriously of starting a microbrewery on Beaver Island. He thinks it will be an especially exciting addition to the Island’s offerings for tourists.
The tap room will have large windows overlooking the microbrewery facilities so patrons can see the process and equipment. The plan is to start with five taps—most likely four regular brews and one rotating tap that will likely be more experimental in nature.
They have been working to establish a network (mostly Michigan based) for the required ingredients such as hops and grains. As to ingredients for the wines, “A lot we will try to source locally as we can, like herbs and fruits from the orchards,” said McGinnity.
Along with the beer and wine, there will be a small kitchen for preparing soups, salads and sandwiches. McGinnity says they are constantly thinking of fun events that would be interesting for the patrons. Beer yoga is reportedly one possibility (this scribe’s dream come true).
So be sure to watch for more details on when the Whiskey Point Brewing Company will open their doors. You could be at the Grand Opening of a very unique spot in the state: the first microbrewery reached only by boat or plane, and the only Michigan brewery based on an island!
For the complete story about the new microbrewery see the April issue of NorthernIslander.