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Brewery approved for downtown location

It’s been a longtime coming, but the Cedar Springs Brewing Company has finally purchased the property at 95 N. Main (corner of Main and W. Maple) to build a full-menu restaurant and outdoor biergarden that will be both family and community-friendly, according to owner David Ringler.
When the Cedar Springs City Council officially approved the purchase last Thursday, the entire room erupted in applause. “The final approval was both a relief and thrill,” said Ringler. “The culmination of a long process and the start of another.”
Ringler said it’s been a 25-year dream to have this brewery. “I started home-brewing and became involved in hospitality and the brewing industry when I was in college,” explained Ringler. “I lived in Germany for nearly four years, where I apprenticed as a brewer, before returning to Michigan where I remained in the brewing industry for several years and took the brewing course at Seibel Institute of Brewing Science in Chicago. Despite leaving the industry for a while, I had friends and family in Cedar Springs who encouraged me to take a look if I was still thinking about starting a brewery. We started this current process in December 2013 and have been working towards this final approval since then, as there have been moving parts behind the scene, both in Cedar Springs and the State of Michigan.”
He said the brewery would produce a full range of craft beers, focusing on German styles, and other drinks as well. “We will also serve our own spirits and wine, for guests who prefer, and create a few craft sodas and soft drinks for both the young and young at heart. Our chef and head brewer will be announced as we get closer to opening and we will utilize local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible.”
Ringler will be meeting with the design and construction teams the next two weeks, and they hope to break ground once paperwork and permits are in place. They plan to demolish the current building and build a new one. He said construction will depend somewhat on the weather, but he hopes the brewery will be open early next year.
“We’ve been encouraged by the wonderful support we’ve received from everyone in town,” remarked Ringler. “If the community supports us once we open, I certainly believe that this project can serve as a catalyst for future growth, development and jobs and can help draw commerce from outside the community to Cedar Springs. We’re excited to be a part of that.”
Check out their Facebook page to keep updated on progress. Their full website at www.cedarspringsbrewing.com will also soon be launched. It will feature a live camera of progress, club membership information, and promotional items such as t-shirts and hats from a local supplier.

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