Saugatuck Brewing buys GR-based Creston Brewery

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Creston Brewery in Grand Rapids has new ownership.

Saugatuck Brewing Company announced Thursday that it bought the brewery on Plainfield Avenue NE at Quimby Street in Grand Rapids’ Creston neighborhood.

“We are very excited to bring Creston into our family of pubs and look forward to serving the Creston neighborhood and the greater Grand Rapids area with a variety of craft beers,” Saugatuck Brewing President and CEO Ric Gillette said in a statement.

Saugatuck Brewing Co. started in 2005. It recently opened another location in Kalamazoo. Creston Brewery will become its third spot.

The Saugatuck beer makers say when they take over Creston officially, they will not change the name. They’re planning to continue serving Creston Brewery fan favorites while adding their own Saugatuck brews to the taps. They will also begin selling Creston brews at their other locations.

Creston’s taproom had been closed since March of last year.

“Whereas this is positive for us and a new venture for us, it’s obviously disappointing to see an up-and-coming brewery like Creston, which did have a lot of involvement in the community,” struggle to survive, Robert Antor with Saugatuck Brewing Company said.

The site of the now-closed Creston Brewery, which has been bought by Saugatuck Brewing Company. (April 22, 2021)

Antor said it’s important to the company to keep the community spirit of Creston Brewery alive.

“Obviously things will never be exactly the same. That’s the unfortunate part of a business closing but at least we want to try to say we want this to be the fun place you liked to come before,” he said.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission still has to OK the sale before it’s finalized. Saugatuck Brewing says there’s no definitive timeline on opening the Creston location but it is working to serve customers as soon as possible.

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