After three years in Michigan, we catch up with Transient’s Chris Betts to talk shop.
BENTON HARBOR, MI
In the craft beer industry, there are a few categories of folks who choose to open a brewery. One of which describes the people who love to consume craft beer themselves; who love the culture, the variety, and the experience of trying styles both familiar and experimental. These people absorb all the nuances and foibles of craft beer culture. Michigan's North Pier Brewing Co. and their brand falls under this ethos.
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...