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.”