Brew Systems

Founded in downtown Petoskey, Beards has grown to two locations. Our original Petoskey Pub was opened at 207A Howard Street on August 18th, 2012 and closed in April 30, 2017 when we opened our brand new home  just a few blocks away at 215 East Lake Street downtown Petoskey. Our second location was opened in 2015 and is our Charlevoix Production Brewery where we can create on a larger scale, but we do not have a pub. 

Petoskey Pub (opened June 2017)

Location: 215 E. Lake Street, Petoskey

Brew System: Brewmation / Stout Tank and Kettle

Batch Size: 1bbl (31 gallons)

Fermenters: Five 1.5bbl

Brite Tanks: One 1bbl, one 2bbl

Typical Brew Days: TBD

Batches in a Day: TBD

V-Word: Variety

Restaurant / Bar: Yes

Our Pub experience is the core of what makes the Beards brand. Summer 2017 we jumped from a small pub with a seating capacity of around 49 and no kitchen to a much larger pub with over 150 seats, more to come with our patio next year, and a full kitchen. It was a large jump for us, but something we’ve always wanted to do: to be able to bring the full experience of high quality food paired to our high quality, craft beers. As we approach our first off season in our new home, we are looking forward to the slightly slower pace to further integrate the beer and food experience through guided beer dinners and other events that highlight what a joy beer pairings can be. Our pub let’s us live out our motto Passionate About Craft, by expressing our love for the art of bringing together our finely crafted elements of beer and food with a third and highly important element of a true social experience, something that is new every time, while still being familiar and welcoming.

CVX Production

Location: Charlevoix

Brew System: Craftwerk Brewing Systems (Lake Orion, Michigan)

Batch Size: 15bbl (465 gallons)

Fermenters: Six 15bbl

Brite Tanks: One 15bbl

Can Line: Microcanner (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Typical Brew Days: Thursday & Friday.

Batches in a Day: Single or Double

V-Word: Volume

Pub / Bar: No :(

Our CVX Production Brewery is the second brew system at Beards, and a significant jump in size from where we started in Petoskey. CVX is used to supply the Petoskey Pub with our "mainline" beers like Serendipity and Luna, as well as the bulk of our distribution to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and bottle shops in the Northern Lower Peninsula, U.P., and Grand Rapids areas. CVX was brought online in June 2015 bringing some relief to our smaller brewhouse in Petoskey. All of our canning takes place in CVX as well as our barrel aging programs. We also clean all of our kegs in Charelvoix, resulting in a constant movement of empty kegs back to Charlevoix for cleaning, and both full and clean empty kegs back to Petoskey.

Original Petoskey Pub (closed April 30, 2017)

Location: 207A Howard Street, Petoskey

Years In Operation: August 18, 2012 - April 30, 2017

Brew System: Brewmation / Stout Tank and Kettle

Batch Size: 1bbl (31 gallons)

Fermenters: Five 1.5bbl, three 3bbl

Brite Tanks: One 1bbl, one 2bbl

Typical Brew Days: Monday & Tuesday.

Batches in a Day: Single, Double, and Triple

V-Word: Variety

Pub / Bar: Yes!

Our Petoskey Brew House is Beards original brew system, turning out its first batch in August 2012. We've brewed well over 750 batches on our little brewery since we've opened and that number is constantly growing. Although we have a newer, bigger brew house in Charlevoix we are still brewing furiously on the little guy with typically half of our taps at the pub brewed on site less than fifty feet away. Some kegs from Petoskey do make it out to off site events like beer festivals and tap takeovers.