DirtBag Brewing Company


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Looking like a Brewery


The hard work and determination is paying off. After 6 months of back-breaking, sweating, grunting, labor, TWO men have built an amazing creation. You can see it from the road and the Kal-Haven trail now, a towering piece of beauty. Windows and doors next, along with electricity.

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Let it Begin


If you’ve driven by the future home of DirtBag Brewing Company lately, you probably saw this exciting scene. That’s right, the building project has begun.

Monday I staked out the building site.

Tuesday we dug holes…52, 5 ft x 2 foot holes.

Wednesday we poured footings and had materials delivered so that…

Next we can set some Walls!

This is what we’ve been waiting for. Let it Begin…

For updates on progress, fun stories along the way, photo gallery, and more- return to the Blog often.

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Site Work Excavation Complete!

Some overdue Thank-Yous! Like every project moving forward, the excavation was a collaboration of hard working, helping hands. Thank you Gordon Henderson for the use of his dump truck, and Jerry Long for endless hours driving back and forth to fill in sand. Gillon’s Construction and Destruction who offered his CAT pan scraper at a discounted rate to even out that sand and prepare it for gravel.  R&S Gravel Company delivered almost 1200 tons (35 semi truck loads) of gravel in an endless train of semi’s. D&P Equipment rented us the end loader and bulldozer needed to haul and move 5 acres of topsoil and sand.  Ritterman’s Oil of Plainwell delivered diesel fuel to the site to keep the whole operation moving forward everyday. All said and done, the excavation project cost $32,500.  If you see any of these individuals, please shake their hand and offer a thank you. If you have a chance to patronize their business, please do so. The bills have slowly been chipped away at all winter and hopefully paid off by the end of this month. Next to come… framing!

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Announcing: Our First Brewery FUNDRAISER.

Dirtbag Brewing Company branded stool for purchase

Starting January 2016, your first chance to get involved! (limited to 100 people)

I know, I know, When is the brewery going to open?! Although most breweries have big pocket investors assuring a steady cash flow to the grand opening, Dirtbag Brewing Company is raising money the old-fashioned way: one dollar at a time. This is a community brewery, the first of its kind in Michigan. As the money is raised, earned, found, and donated it is then invested directly back into the brewery costs.

THIS is your first opportunity to get involved and be a legend at Dirtbag Brewery FOREVER! It’s easy:

Step 1: Use the Link below to “Buy a Stool for the Brewery.”

Step 2: Write in the purchaser comments whatever you’d like engraved on your stool. This can be your name, a friend’s name, a nickname, or company name. The only limits are a 20 character max and no profanity.)

Step 3: We will make the stool, burn-engrave the edge with your personalized message, and put it in the pub for eternity for all to see, sit, and appreciate.

Step 4: Feel proud that you were one of the first 100 people involved toward building your community brewery. (pat self on back)

Our goal is to sell 100 Stools by March which will help us start breaking ground in the Spring. Tell your friends!

Buy and Donate a Dirtbag Bar Stool    |OR|    Buy a Dirtbag Bar Stool for Your Home

More ways to support…

We also have mugs and growlers for sale in limited quantities.


Stay tuned for more progress reports!

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Building Progress: The Plans


A little look at the final floor plan signed, sealed, and delivered for the building permit application!


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Building Progress: Moving Dirt


A lot of long days, and big equipment operation… A huge thank you to my dad Jerry Long for his unwavering commitment and dedication to sitting in an end loader from sun up, to sun down, moving dirt from one end of the property to another…..

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