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Founder Chat: Tim Suprise of Arcadia Ales

Founder Chat: Tim Suprise of Arcadia Ales

KALAMAZOO, MI

To wrap up our West Michigan beer tour, we had the chance to meet up with one of the state's craft trailblazers. Tim Surprise has been part of the beer scene for well over two decades, and began Arcadia Ales 18 years ago, in 1996 out of Battle Creek. 

Kalamazoo is no stranger to great brews; it's already finished near the top of a few annual 'Beer City' lists. So, it wasn't a huge surprise when the Arcadia team chose the city as their location to expand into a sparkly new 30,000 SF facility. Influenced by British-style ales, the brewery has long been practicing open fermentation. But now, not only will they have the space and equipment to explore other brewing processes – but also other styles, products, yeast strains, and of course: up production. Amid this expansion and during the week of their grand opening, Tim took time out of his busy schedule to welcome us in to see how it's all coming together...