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Dutch Girl Brewery abruptly closes

Tribune Staff • Mar 14, 2017 at 2:12 PM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — Dutch Girl Brewery has closed, according to a post on the Spring Lake Township business’ Facebook page.

In the message posted Tuesday, owners Luke and Kelly Finchem said the business is “permanently closed.” No reason was given for the sudden closing of the brewery, located at 14964 Cleveland St.

The post reads, in part: ”We truly thank you so much for your business and the laughs, cheers and encouragement you have given us for almost two years. We learned a lot about opening a small business and will forever be proud of our craft beers, unique dishes and warm atmosphere with great staff. ... Thank you to our faithful mug club members and locals! We met so many great people we now call friends. Lastly, to our families who supported us. You were a sounding board and our biggest fans. Sincerely, Kelly & Luke.”

The post also mentions that the business is for sale, with an asking price of $350,000. If a buyer cannot be found, an auction will be planned in the coming weeks. 

The Finchems did not return phone calls, text or Facebook messages from the Tribune on Tuesday.

A man inside the restaurant/brewery did not open the door when a Tribune reporter knocked on it Tuesday afternoon.

Spring Lake Township Manager Gordon Gallagher said he was surprised to hear about the business closing.

"It was completely out of left field for me," he said. "I had not heard any rumblings, not even a late water bill, nothing. This is one of those I'm trying to figure out, as well.

“I think it's a shame,” Gallagher continued. “When people make an investment in the community and start a business, that's the entrepreneurial spirit. You never know whether it's a family emergency, lack of capital or whatever happened. You just have to feel for people who have been working hard at a new product or new business."

Gallagher said he always enjoyed his time at Dutch Girl Brewery.

"Every time I've been in there it's been a good product and a nice time," he said. "I've heard good things about Dutch Girl. It's sad."

Related Tribune story: Dutch Girl Brewery opened in October 2015. 

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