Beer lovers find a new haven at Lansing Brewing Company
Beer is something to which most Michiganders can relate. The frost that comes over a fresh glass of beer and the sound of glasses clinking drive people in all directions; looking to give a new taste to their palate.
People will now be driven in the direction of the Lansing Brewing Company, 518 E. Shiawassee St. in Lansing. The Brewing Company opened its doors Thursday, Oct. 22.
The original Lansing Brewing Company opened in 1898 in Old Town on Lansing’s north side, but closed down in 1914 due to prohibition.
Fast forward over 100 year and the Brewing Company is in a new location and has a fresh atmosphere. It opened with 12 beers on tap, including stouts, ales and more.
Sales and Marketing Manager Jake VanAtta said it is exciting to bring the original brewery back to life. He said the idea behind the brewery started in 2010.
“The ownership was born and raised in Lansing,” VanAtta said. “They were sick of hearing about the uprising of Detroit and Grand Rapids. Lansing wasn’t getting any love and they felt they needed to do something.”
The Brewing Company has a full upscale American restaurant, VanAtta said. It will serve wine and liquor as well as beer.
“We have lots of American classics with a twist,” VanAtta said. “Everything is built to complement the beers. We wanted to make sure we had something for everyone.”
VanAtta said the Brewing Company is looking to bring a bigger nightlife scene to Lansing.
“We are looking to provide comedy, wedding receptions, in-house parties and music,” VanAtta said. “We hope LBC brings a place for people to re-develop that constant image of what people think of Lansing.”
VanAtta said he hopes bringing a brewery to Lansing will increase traffic to the stadium district.
“The Michigan beer scene is so powerful and craft beer is becoming so popular,” VanAtta said. “Lansing was the only big city without a production brewery, so this will be a great location to call home.”
General Manager Dan Glazer said he hopes people stop in and support local beer.
“We hope people walk away with a great experience,” Glazer said. “Customer service has been something we have been stressing to employees. We want people to leave with a sense of pride that they live in Lansing.”
Glazer said the Brewing Company brings something special to the community.
“I have worked a long time in this business and have opened a lot of different breweries, but this is a special one,” Glazer said. “We have a lot to offer and great beer.”
Beer of all varieties will be available to take home in specialty bottles that are canned and bottled behind the bar.
LCC student Mike Young said he is excited to stop in and try local beer.
“I like to travel all over Michigan in search of new and unique beers,” Young said. “I am stoked that there is a brewery opening up right in my back yard.”
For hours and information head to lansingbrewingcompany.com/