ypsilanti’s corner brewery

Matt and Rene Greff, the husband and wife behind the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, have just been granted a building permit to begin rehabbing the vacant Motor Wheel facility on Norris Streeet, which is going to serve as home for their newest endeavor — an Ypsilanti microbrewery. As I understand it, the hope is to have it up and running in advance of The Michigan Brewers Guild summer beer festival, which is going to be held the afternoon of Saturday, July 22, in Ypsilanti (just a few blocks from the brewery site). For those who want to keep track of their progress, Matt and Rene have just launched a Corner Brewery blog… And, if you like what they’re planning and want to be more involved, I’m told they still have space left in their Groundbreakers Club. (That link launches a PDF.) In the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that Linette and I know the Greff’s, wholeheartedly support this endeavor, and have even contributed a bit of our own hard-earned money toward seeing their vision realized. We feel as though this is a good thing for the local community, and we look forward to hoisting many a pint there with friends. (From a purely selfish point of view, I’m looking forward to finally having a local bar with free wi-fi.)

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  1. Sam
    Posted January 28, 2006 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    It’s always good to hear about new businesses starting in ypsi, especially when it includes redeveloping a sight like the motor wheel plant. I really hope that something happens soon with the water street project. Some of the other developments going on downtown with lofts being setup above some of the Michigan businesses will surely help in making downtown businesses more viable. Viva Ypsi!

  2. mark
    Posted January 29, 2006 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t asked them about it yet, but I’m thinking that a rotating blogger discount might be called for…. Like the first blogger there each day can drink for half-price, for as long as he or she continues blogging, as long as each posting contains the phrase, “I’m at the Corner Brewery right now and it’s fucking great.”

  3. Sam
    Posted January 29, 2006 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Sound’s like a fine plan to me.

  4. mark
    Posted January 29, 2006 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I may have written about it here before, but when Linette and I were living in Atlanta we’d sometimes go to this bar with our painting supplies and make art. I forget how much it was, but you’d get bar credit for every hour you were there. We’d drink and fill up on appetizers. It was cool. Stupid, but cool. We’d paint really stupid stuff. We took our vacuum cleaner there once and painted it. I don’t think they asked us back after that. I also think they went out of business… Maybe the Corner Brewery could do something similar with bloggers.

  5. mark
    Posted January 29, 2006 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Nope. They

  6. Theodore Glass
    Posted January 30, 2006 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    Maybe the Corner Brewery could have something like a “Blogger in Residence” program, where each month they select someone to live on the premises. The person can’t leave, but all food and drink is provided. Maybe they even have their own little room somewhere with a cot and a TV. People in the brewery could watch them through little peepholes.

  7. aa911911
    Posted June 26, 2006 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    yes i too am very excited to hear about having the stinky smelly artist/blogger corner (in residence) of the corner…. half off beers in the corner… of the corner if you can stand the smell of the blogers/artists…….. “till they go out of business…..nope there still in business”…..

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