The husband-wife team of Luke Finchem and Kelly Rozema Finchem haven't finalized a location yet, but said their Dutch Girl Brewery will likely be in the industrial space off Liberty Street on the north side of Savidge Street in Spring Lake.
“It seems like an ideal location,” Kelly said of the village. “It's such a great tourism area. We want people to visit Spring Lake and stay a little longer than a pass-through.”
The business is expected to bring 3-5 jobs initially, with a top end of 20 employees when the hops are fully hopping.
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Luke has been home-brewing for more than two decades.
“We're big craft brewery fans,” Kelly said. “We felt the desire and need to bring another business to the area.”
The couple plans to tap into local fruits and flavors to augment their brews.
“We live in a wonderful agricultural area,” Luke said. “We have great honey, fruit, fresh herbs and hops growing in our state.”
Although Dutch Girl won't feature a traditional kitchen or restaurant, the owners said they likely will offer occasional specialties from local farms or chefs.
“What we really want to do is connect with local chefs and feature those people and give them the opportunity to shine,” Luke said. “We may have a chalkboard featuring these five items that go with these beers or ciders. In the middle of the summer, it will be kind of a festival-like atmosphere with live music.”
The Finchems said customers will also be able to bring in their own food. Dutch Girl will offer a mug club and growlers for repeat customers. Kelly said an outdoor beer garden is in the works for summer nights.
Village Manager Chris Burns said she's not a beer drinker, but she looks forward to a new brewery in town.
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