About one year after their last October groundbreaking, construction teams at Orion Construction
and owners of Cedar Springs Brewing Company
celebrated the brewery’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week.
Located a little more than 20 miles north of Grand Rapids at 95 N. Main Street in downtown Cedar Springs, the brewery’s craft beer selection focuses on German style brews, and the new venture features a full food menu and house line of wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages.
“We are thrilled to be open for business,” says owner David Ringler, who was inspired by his own four-year apprenticeship with local brewmasters in Germany when developing the concept for Cedar Springs Brewing Company “…In a town like Cedar Springs, where people were greatly affected by the economic environment of previous years, opening any new business spurs momentum and creates a sense of confidence. I am fortunate enough to have been able to bring my dream to fruition, offer full-time employment opportunities and create a space the community can enjoy.”
Integrated Architecture provided the design for the 5,700-square-foot building, using primarily steel, brick and glass materials with large windows to provide ample natural light for the indoor seating. Benefiting from its close proximity to Cedar Springs’ White Pine Trail, Ringler says the brewery is oriented to provide for future expansion and the addition of an outdoor biergarten, with additional plans to begin making their own distilled spirits in-house.
The project was financed by Choice One Bank with an incentive package from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), awarded to Cedar Springs Brewing Co. for its potential for major economic impact and revitalization of the city’s downtown.
Orion spokesperson Jason Wheeler says the general contractors see the project as a true catalyst for growth in downtown Cedar Springs.
“The Cedar Springs Brewing Company not only offers a great atmosphere and product, but in the short time they’ve been open, I think investors, residents, and the micro-brewing community have been reassured and even inspired by the support the brewery has had,” Wheeler says. “This truly is a catalyst for growth in Cedar Springs and that is not a cliché statement. It’s a reality.”
Orion is preparing for another groundbreaking celebration this month at 500 Coit Ave. in Grand Rapids’ Belknap Lookout neighborhood to celebrate the beginning of construction on its mixed-use development project The Gateway at Belknap, with remarks from Mayor-elect Rosalynn Bliss and members of the MEDC.
To learn more about The Gateway At Belknap
, visit www.orionbuilt.com. For more information about Cedar Springs Brewing Co., visit the brewery online or find them on Facebook
By Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of Orion Construction
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