Man's hometown pride and passion brews new business
A Cadillac man is looking to put his city on the map as a thriving beer brewing destination. Business owner and entrepreneur Dan Minor is in the process of opening the area's first-ever brewery called the Clam Lake Beer Company in the heart of the downtown.
Minor just signed a purchase agreement for the historic Shay Station building on South Mitchell Street. The plan is to transform the now coffee shop into the Clam Lake Beer Company, a brewery that will have a full upstairs production room as well as a pub/bar area with nearly 60 Michigan and Midwest beers on tap. Minor says they're still working on the final design plans but it looks like the project will cost about $1 million. All 13 employees currently working at Shay Station will stay on staff and Minor hopes to eventually create a total of 45 new jobs.
Minor says,"We want people to come to this town like they do Bellaire for Shorts. We want people to see what Cadillac has to offer, so I'm doing this because of my love and commitment to Cadillac. We really want to build-up our downtown!"
And while the final design plans are still coming together excitement is brewing in the community.
Joy Vandrie, the Executive Director of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau "Last week at the Governors Pure Michigan Conference they had a session just for the beer economy in Michigan, that's how significant that it is... out of the 12 sessions, one was focused just on the beer economy in Michigan. So we are really excited to be able to have a piece of that now here in Cadillac."
Cadillac Mayor Bill Barnett says, "We've been having a need for a brewery for a number of years in our community, it's one of the top things I hear about as Mayor. It's an anchor business that will attract other businesses."
Right now, Minor is waiting for the state to approve the liquor license transfer, which could take up to 90 days. He hopes to have his Clam Lake Beer Company up and running by early summer.