CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — After a few setbacks, the Cedar Springs Brewing Company is expected to open Friday afternoon.
“This was a labor of love that I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time,” said owner Dave Ringler.
There is no second guessing Ringler’s passion for craft beer.
“There’s a word in German and it doesn’t really translate in English, but it’s a pleasant warm fuzzy feeling that you get. Fun, friendship, camaraderie. The idea was to bring a little of that here,” said Ringler.
Born in West Michigan, Ringler graduated from Northview high school and went to Kalamazoo College, then studied abroad in Germany where he also did an apprenticeship at a German brewery.
“I wanted to create a place that I was comfortable hanging out in and would feel at home. If this was in the heart of Bavaria, I feel this would fit,” Ringler said.
From the food to the décor, there is an authentic German feel. There are even murals on the wall from the old Schnitzelbank in Grand Rapids.
“These are hand-painted, so these panels are 80-90 years old and they were taken out of the building in 2006 when they closed,” Ringler said. “We were really fortunate to acquire the hand-painted panels from the Schniztzel Bar, which a lot of Grand Rapidians will remember as a German restaurant that existed for three generations downtown on Jefferson.”
As with many projects the brewery had a few setbacks during construction, pushing the grand opening back from this summer to Friday. Now that it’s here, Ringler is excited to share his brewery with everyone.
“They pulled the boy out of the brewery but they couldn’t pull the brewery out of the boy, so I found my way back here. This is what I wanted to do for a really long time and we’re thrilled to finally have the doors open,” Ringler said.
The portion of the menu features traditionally Bavarian food and the restaurant includes a special table reserved for mug club members called the Stammtisch table.
“Our goal is to have a little niche in this German styles we’re producing and have a little location here. I think the future is original breweries that are going to have a niche and that makes it interesting when you travel as well,” Ringler said.
The brewery’s initial capacity is 1,500 barrels a year — eventually they anticipate being able to get up to the 8,000 to 12,000 barrel range at this location if they are fortunate enough to keep growing.
“We’re just really excited to be here and hopefully be an anchor for a lot of new growth in the community,” Ringler said.
Cedar Springs Brewing Company opens Friday at 1 p.m. at the corner of Maple and Main in downtown Cedar Springs.