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Brewing Up Change: Microbreweries spur renewed interest in West Michigan’s Main Streets

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Originally published November 23, 2014 by  at MiBiz.com

While development in West Michigan’s rural cities and towns has focused mainly on retail corridors close to major highways in recent years, those same communities often struggle to attract investment in their downtowns.
But a number of cities hope to buck that trend by enticing developers back to Main Street and away from sprawling strip malls. Increasingly, they’re also finding a partner in the state’s placemaking initiatives, as well as a common anchor tenant — microbreweries.

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Status Update

With many asking, please be aware we are progressing as quickly as possible on our construction site preparation. With many, many moving parts involved, we are currently awaiting required approvals from the DEQ based on recently completed testing and a bit of physical groundwork to be completed before actual construction begins, following the official “groundbreaking” ceremony a fe…w weeks ago. Fear not, we are moving forward…even if it isn’t immediately visible.

No one is more eager than we are and we look forward to pounding nails soon, despite the weather outside. These things always take longer than everyone hopes, but we still anticipate open doors the early part of next year.

Thank you for your patience and support.
Cheers!

Cedar Springs Brewing breaks ground this week with plans to be German beer destination

Originally published on October 13, 2014 on MLive.com By Garret Ellison | gellison@mlive.com

CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — For owner David Ringler, it was now or never.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, crews break ground on the Cedar Springs Brewing Co., another addition to the ever-expanding West Michigan beer industry, and one that Ringler hopes can become a destination stop in northern Kent County.

“We’ll be relatively German-centric,” said Ringler, an investment advisor with degrees in history and brewing science who is jumping back into the industry after one-time stints at Atwater Brewing in Detroit and the former Grand Rapids Brewing Co. on 28th Street SE.

“That’s my background and passion, and it’s something not many of the craft brewers are really focusing on,” he said. “A lot of places dabble with the German stuff, but I definitely have some ideas I want to do that nobody is really doing.”

But first, Ringler needs a building. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Orion Construction crews will break ground at 95 North Main St. NE in Cedar Springs, where an 1890s-era storefront was demolished last month to make way for the new operation.

Wrecking the building at 95 N. Main St. in Cedar Springs to make way for David Ringler’s new microbrewery, opening next year.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is considering a community revitalization grant for the project, which MEDC assistance specialist Ryan Kilpatrick characterized as a likelihood because the “project is anticipated to have a transformational effect on downtown Cedar Springs.”

Ringler, a German-trained brewer who spent some time abroad, looked at locations in Lansing and Grand Rapids before settling on Cedar Springs, a community hurting for some new development. Metro area traffic data shows about 10,000 cars flow daily through the city’s downtown stretch of Northland Drive NW, “but nobody stops.”

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Cedar Springs Brewing Company prepares for groundbreaking

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s going to be a west Michigan brewery with a decidedly German flavor. As Cedar Springs Brewing Company gears up for groundbreaking and construction on October 14th, Director of Happiness David Ringler stopped by FOX 17 to talk about the brews, the brats and the inspiration for it all.

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