Turk Lake Bar to become a microbrewery in Montcalm Township

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:12 am on Thursday, August 09, 2012

Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar plans to expand by adding a microbrewery to its location in Montcalm Township. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP – Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar plans to break ground on a microbrewery within the month.

During Wednesday night’s Montcalm Township Board meeting, Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar owner and board trustee Tom Smith asked the rest of the board to approve a land-use change to expand his business.

“I am expanding my business and considering a brewery,” Smith said at the meeting.

The land where cottages sit next to Smith’s business are zoned for commercial, but in the past they were changed to be used as residential, Smith said. He asked the board to have them changed back to commercial so he can build the brewery in that location.

Smith said by adding the microbrewery, he estimates he will be able to add at least four jobs. He plans to have three staple beers, one seasonal beer and he is looking into creating a specialty beer as well.

“A microbrewery is the new thing,” Smith said. “It would be an asset to my business and to the community.”

Clerk Carol Rosebrook asked about parking and how it would be effected with the new addition.

Smith said they do not have plans of adding seating, so parking should not be affected.

Although Smith said he hopes to break ground within the month, he does not plan to open the brewery until next year.

“I’m excited to see it in the community,” said Supervisor Michael Adams.

Smith said he has been looking into the idea for about two years. He wanted something that draws people to the area and he hopes this will.

While planning, he has went all over Michigan and other states to explore how other breweries work. He said master brewers will be coming in to help.

He noted the 57 Brew Pub and Bistro coming to Greenville and said he thought it was great.

“(Breweries) are like a brotherhood,” Smith said.

He said he is excited about the expansion of his business.

“I wanted to be the first in the area – I’m not – but I will be the best,” Smith said.

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