GRCC opening brewpub to give students hands-on experience

Fountain Hill Brewery
Fountain Hill Brewery located on GRCC's campus.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College will be opening the only federal and state licensed brewpub in the country that is owned and operated on a college or university campus.

The Fountain Hill Brewery and Peter’s Pub is located on the first floor of the Winser-Bottrall Applied Technology Center on Fountain Street. A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 4:30 p.m. Friday.

“The brewery and pub will help us make sure that the students in our new craft brewing, packaging and service operations certificate program have hands-on experience in this high-demand industry,” said GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender in a news release.

GRCC announced their craft brewing, packaging and service operations certificate program back in 2015.

The first group of students to participate in the three-semester program started this past summer. The program is offered through GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

The brewpub features a three-barrel Craftwerks system, designed to brew about six kegs per batch.

According to a release from GRCC, beers on tap will change. Currently, the brewery is featuring Pale Ale, Scottish (CO2 and Nitro), Hefeweizen, American IPA, Baltic Porter (lagered), and Blonde Ale.

The products served on site have been created with help from the students in the program.

Pete’s Pub, named for philanthropist Peter Secchia, seats about 50 people and will operate on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. during GRCC’s academic year.

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