Brewery Expanding, Planning to Distribute Brews

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A Grand Rapids brewery has two new owners, and big plans to expand in the coming year.

Nick Humphrey and Scott Colson have taken over the Hideout Brewery, located at a 3113 Plaza Drive NE, just off of Plainfield Avenue and I-96. The new owners have announced plans to expand production and add jobs.  

Humphrey told FOX 17 Tuesday afternoon that the brewery plans to expand into the adjacent former Hubba Tubba hot tub facility by knocking out a wall between the two buildings. In addition, the brewery plans to increase production from 400 barrels a year to 3,000, with plans to distribute the brews in bottles and kegs across West Michigan.

The taproom will not be seeing major changes, and Humphrey expects that the taproom will continue to use about 400 barrels a year, leaving 2,600 for distribution. Hours and food service will be expanded, with the taproom opening at 11:00 a.m. and staying open until 2:00 a.m.

The expansion is expected to create 8 to 10 new jobs, and the brewers hope to find a distributor in the Kalamazoo area as well.

The Hideout Brewery has been in operation for five years, and was originally started as Hair of the Frog Brewery about six years ago.

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