First Alger Heights brewery open for business

Brass Ring Brewing
The ribbon is cut at Brass Ring Brewing in Alger Heights. (Jan. 11, 2018)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Beer City, USA is making room for another brewery, this time in the Alger Heights neighborhood.

Brass Ring Brewing held its ribbon-cutting and grand opening Thursday. Beer lovers lined up about the building to the first ones in.

Though Grand Rapids is well known for its robust craft beer industry, Brass Ring is the first one in the growing Alger Heights business district.

You can visit Brass Ring Brewing on Eastern Avenue at Alger Street SE, near popular stops like Real Food Café, Ken’s Fruit Market and The Old Goat. In recent years, the building has housed an ice cream shop, a sandwich shop, a hot dog shop and a candy shop. So what’s going to make Brass Ring succeed?

“We’re going to be successful as a brewery here because of our neighborhood. We’re a very community-forward operation and we have designed the brewery for our community as a place for people to come and gather,” owner Chris Gibbons said.

In addition to promising “world-class beer,” Gibbons said the brewery will also have a menu of sharing plate options.

Seven beers were on tap Thursday night.