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Brewery finds niche in German tradition

 

N-Cedar-Springs-Brewing2Ribbon cutting and first pour for the public will be Friday, November 13 at 1 p.m.

David Ringler, owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Company, is seeing his dream come to life.

David Ringler, owner of Cedar Springs Brewing Company, is seeing his dream come to life.

By Judy Reed

A lot of people have anxiously awaited the opening of the Cedar Springs Brewing Company, at 95 North Main. But probably no one has been more anxious than owner David Ringler, who is fulfilling a life-long dream.

“The biggest part for me was making the leap in the first place, from a good job, to doing what I really want to do,” explained Ringler.

Ringler lived in Germany for four years where he apprenticed with local brewmasters. After leaving Germany, Ringler continued his brewing education at the renowned Seibel Institute of Brewing Science in Chicago. In 2013, Ringler began the formal process in Cedar Springs and received all permits and approvals to proceed. “This project is the result of a near 25-year dream,” said Ringler.

He has brought his love for all things German into the Cedar Springs Brewing Company.  Flags from Germany line the interior, and a large collection of beer glasses line the walls. Ringler noted that he probably has one of the largest collections around, about 250. Approximately 50-55 are displayed, with some being his, and others from friends.

Beautiful hand-painted wooden panels of German scenes line the walls of another dining room, and Ringler said they came from the Schnitzelbank restaurant in Grand Rapids, an old German restaurant founded in 1934, that has since been torn down. “We procured them and restored them,” he said of the panels.

The dining room seats about 150, at both German-style public tables and American-style booths. “In Germany it’s traditional for people to sit together with people they may not know. We want to encourage conversation, for people to meet friends old and new,” explained Ringler.

The Stammtisch table, for members, highlights a large collection of coasters from some of Ringler’s and his friends’ favorite German breweries around the country and the world.

The brewery/restaurant will feature a variety of craft beers, focusing on German styles along with a full food menu (which includes German dishes), in-house made spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

To begin, they will feature several beers, including two Cedar Springs brand beers, which will only be one-time offerings: a Blood, Sweat and Tears pale ale, and Yinzer Roundabout IPA, which is a collaboration with a brewery out of Pittsburgh.

The brewery’s beer brand will be Küsterer, which pays tribute to the first German brewer in West Michigan in 1844. Those beers will include a Bohemian Pilsner, which is the German style of beer that eventually morphed into American beer. They will also feature a Heller Weiss Bier, a Bavarian-style wheat beer. It was the royal beer of Bavaria, for 300 years, said Ringler. Their current brand will be a more modern, lighter version. They will also have a Michigan pale ale, with all Michigan ingredients.

Other beverages include a Cedar Cider—Apfelwein—which is gluten free; and two wines, a red blend and a white blend. Non-alcoholic drinks include nine flavors of their homemade Old Cedar Creek Sodas.

The brewery is a 15-barrel brewhouse, and because it’s the first run, they won’t have as much as beer in the beginning as they will on future runs. Ringler said that depending on how it goes, they may have to close a couple of days a week to keep up. “I just hope the public understands that we are making it as fast as we can,” he said.

They have had a soft opening this week with private openings for friends and family, and Stammtisch Club members. The ribbon cutting and first pour for the public will be Friday, November 13 at 1 p.m., and they will be open for business immediately after.

The outdoor biergarten, which will add another 70-80 seats, will be completed in the spring.

The brewery will also have live music beginning November 21, with Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, a rockabilly band.

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