Greenbush Brewing Co.
Good ideas often start over beer. Always looking to take a good thing too far, we sat down over a beer (or two) and decided that beer itself was a good idea. Of course, not just some easy-drinking, institutional prole beer, but stuff like the unique craft beers we’d had at great bars. In short, we wanted beer with flavor. Complexity. Character. Intensity. Not words found in the mass-market lexicon. So with a banjo burner, a bunch of industrial-sized kitchen pots and as many buckets as we could find, we jumped in feet first. Once a week, every week.
Greenbush Brewing Company opened in June 2011 in the tiny Southwest Michigan town of Sawyer (pop. ~1200 at the time). We’ve expanded our Sawyer taproom three times, added the Annex & beer garden across the street, upped our production from a seven-barrel brewhouse to a 15-barrel brewhouse in February 2013 and in 2016 opened up our latest endeavor the Clean Plate Club, serving our beer and diner fare etc. We are now producing beer for thirsty craft beer drinkers throughout the entire state of Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.
With beers named Anger, Closure, Mammoth and Doomslayer–none of which are under 6% ABV–we can honestly say that full-bodied, flavorful beers are our bread and butter. Lucky for visitors to Sawyer who want to fill their bellies with more than beer, or the occasional non-beer-drinking book club that stops by, the Taproom, Annex and Clean Plate Club also feature insanely delicious food. BBQ fare in the Taproom, Imported charcuterie meats & cheeses in Annex, and Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the Clean Plate Club our new diner. Why? Because we think all people, our locals especially, should have easy access to good beer and great food. We boast a lifetime Friends with Benefits mug club membership with 3,500+ members and counting.