New Brewery Coming to Downtown Battle Creek
Eight months after the news that Arcadia Brewing was leaving Battle Creek comes news of another brewery moving into the city.
Last December, Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) promised $200,000 in incentives to any company that would take over one of three vacant properties in downtown Battle Creek. Today BCU announced that New Holland Brewing Company would be moving into the property at 64 West Michigan Avenue. That's the old J.C. Penny building at the corner of Michigan Avenue and McCamly Street. The property is centrally located in historic downtown Battle Creek, steps away from the headquarters of the Kellogg Company.
New Holland is known for its award-winning beer and spirits. The company operates the New Holland Pub on 8th Street in Holland and the Knickerbocker in Grand Rapids as well as a production facility in Holland.
In a release, BCU President & CEO Joe Sobieralski said, “The New Holland team sees great opportunity in our City. Their proposal was outstanding and we truly hit a home run with New Holland and their leadership team. The New Holland Brewing team will invest substantially into the property as they work to remodel this prime downtown location into their newest facility. We are beyond excited to have New Holland set up shop in downtown Battle Creek.”
New Holland Brewing Company was founded in 1997 in Holland, Michigan. The company's goal was to produce beer that was uniquely West Michigan. Over the past 20 years, the company has become one of Michigan's largest craft brewers. New Holland is known for Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout, Mad Hatter IPA and seasonal brews like Cabin Fever and Ichabod. In 2005, the company began distilling whiskey, rum and gin, with sales beginning in 2008. Today, New Holland sells its beer and spirits across 38 states and 4 countries.
New Holland’s President and Founder Brett VanderKamp stated, “We are pleased to expand our footprint into Battle Creek and look forward to partnering with the community to bring a vibrant venue, authentic beer and spirits, and quality service to downtown Battle Creek. We see several key downtown projects on the horizon as a turning point for downtown Battle Creek and are excited to be a part of the equation.”
New Holland’s plans for The Pub in Battle Creek include onsite brewing and distilling; lunch and dinner options; a seasonal beer garden; retail; and possibly a coffee bar. Renovations to the building are expected to begin in summer of 2018, with construction anticipated to be completed by spring 2019. Once fully operational, The Pub expects to employ approximately 50 people.
Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury said, “We are honored and thrilled that New Holland has recognized the great potential in Battle Creek. Their partnership will help bring our spectacular downtown into the spotlight. They understand the importance of place and will build on the synergy that is already underway. We look forward to collaborating with New Holland to further build upon our culture of vitality in Battle Creek.”
The building once housed Cole's and later a bar, but has been vacant for several years. Check out our gallery of what it looks like today.