So the truth is, we're no Detroit/Grand Rapids/Traverse City. 

 
 
 

We don't have their population, infrastructure, traffic (#winning), or their celebrity status. If you skimmed our home page you already know this. We're forgotten, but we don't mind. We have some hidden gems we know will benefit you and your business.

We're not trying to appeal to everyone, we're trying to reach the ones. The ones who aren't afraid to be different. The ones, who like us, believe success is not a title, but a mindset and a way of life. The ones who have a vision and an enthusiasm to create and inspire. So are you? Are you one of the ones? We hope so... all this typing is making us reeeaaal thirsty. 

So here it is folks. Here's what we bring to the table. If any of this resonates with you, we encourage you to reach out. We're really very easy to talk to. Maybe we could even meet and discuss all this over a beverage, or two.

BENEFITS

  1. Access to a vast supply of fresh water 

  2. Low cost of property

  3. Nearby agricultural producers 

  4. Lack of competition

  5. Strong tourism presence

  6. Short distance from population centers

  7. Natural attractions

  8. A team to help you 

 
 

Water

We understand that brewers place a high value on the quality of the original water coming through their pipes.

Lake Huron gives us both quality AND quantity. While many other areas across the nation are facing water shortages, we have one of the world's largest freshwater sources know to man in our backyard.  

After vision, determination, and a good recipe, water is the key ingredient of beer and many other craft beverages. Often, the quality AND quantity are crucial when making beer. Impurities, minerals and other factors weigh in on the consistent taste of beer. 

On the Forgotten Coast, we have water, lots of it. Being surrounded by 150 miles of shoreline we have access to an incredible resource, Great Lakes water. If you dive deeper into our website, click here for a more in-depth look at our water, we can provide you with the characteristics of our water. 

Our shoreline communities typically draw water from Lake Huron and our inland areas utilize deep aquifers. Either way, we have water. 

And when you are done brewing, go and play in it, kayak/paddle board on it. Fish in it. 

Plus it gives you a great back story, formed by glaciers the Great Lakes have more fresh water, (and no sharks) than any other place on earth. Not bad for a forgotten coast.

Low Cost

 

Low cost, affordable, cheap, frugal; people can say it a thousand different ways, we say its about attitude. Not to worry about the frills, (yet), get the project up and running then fine tune it. We have real estate begging to be used for a brewery. Located in our downtowns, these spaces are pretty affordable. Labor costs, rent, and water all hit that sweet spot without reaching the point of diminishing returns.

That's a lot of words to say we offer a low cost business environment that will help your business be economically viable. So, no bs, we think we have what you need and then some. 

Agriculture

One of the incredible strengths of our friendly coast is our farms. The coast and all of the areas between our shorelines are some of the most productive land in the state, if not in the country. Sugar beets, corn, soybeans, dairy, and believe it or not; honey are all grown here.  We are also starting to see the very beginnings of hops production and a couple of small vineyards. 

We can grow almost anything and once we understand how to do it, we tend to do it really, really well. 

So... those hop yards looking to spread their risk out, (we also talk like accountants), let us sink our proverbial teeth into the component parts of great beer... hops, grains, water and you will be amazed at what we can do. 

The terroir of our forgotten coast is sure to lend a hand in the development of new characterisitics and qualities in your latest concoction. 

If we knew that you were going to need more hops, a heritage variety of wheat or barley we can start to partner with you to make it happen. Need organic? We have a strong and growing organic community looking for new opportunities. 

We have a tradition of working with the best and brightest to field test new growing concepts, test new, or at least different, crop varieties. Found something you want to try? Let us know. 

Most people have this idea that agriculture and farmers are old fashioned, stick in the mud sorts. The thing is; they are some of the most entrepreneurial people on the planet. But it's true, trusting the weather, hedging their bets with their expertise, understanding in their bones how all of this works together is a science and an art, kind of like beer brewing. 

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Lack of Competition

The look and feel of the Forgotten Coast is wide open space, and when it comes to breweries, it feels about the same. We do have some: Elk Street Brewery, Lexington Brewing Co., and a little bit at Bird Creek Farms but not much else. So... the slate is clean for new brewers, tap houses, vagabonds, and others who delve into craft beverages in any way. 

The thing is, you really don't have to worry about jumping into someone else's pool. The pool is yours for the taking. Being the first to locate in some of our communities will give you a leg up on the competition and if you look at our shoreline communities you are tapping into not just the local folks, but a lot of our neighbors from Detroit, Ann Arbor, Canada, Toledo and other far off and exotic locations. Bottom line is you get the chance to make your mark and build your brand to an ever shifting new craft beer enthusiast or the millennial that just can't commit.  

Tourism

The Forgotten Coast is maybe a little misleading. We are known to a lot of people. Our sandy beaches, our walkable small towns, wild life, boating, and other natural attractions  have all contributed to a strong and vibrant tourism economy. But because we are not on an expressway, we are often not on anyone's radar. 

Port Austin, at the very tip of the Thumb area, is home to one of the top ten farmers markets in the state, bringing in 2-3,000 people on an average Saturday morning, (who gets up on a Saturday morning, right?) and on a holiday over 10,000! Harbor Beach with one of the greatest man made harbors, Lexington with it's almost New Englandy charm is just a stones throw from millions of people in the Detroit metro area. Oh, don't for get about Caseville and it's truly spectacular sugar sand beaches and Cheeseburger festival!

The Forgotten Coast offers a first time mover opportunity to capture a market, a place to experiment out of the glare of the "big city", and some really sweet real estate deals. Just sayin...

So come up and visit, see if we are a good fit for you. We think you are, but don't take our word for it, see for yourself. 

Forgotten Coast, not for much longer...

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Distance from Population Centers

You could say we're off the beaten path, (we are the Forgotten Coast) but we think we are in just the right place for you. Not too far from our more urban neighbors but far enough where we can say.... our urban neighbors. We are in that sweet spot of a nice drive to get out of the heat, noise and exhaust fumes so that you are not wasting the whole day or even an afternoon driving. We are here, now. 

The added benefit of that sweet fact is that there are lots of folks that visit, who could be tasting your (insert your craft beverage of choice. We're agnostic when it comes to craft beverages). So you can bring your flavors and tastes to new crowds all the time. There could be some repeats, that's not a bad thing, but with the changing clientele you can inform a whole new batch of people every weekend. 

Natural Attractions

We have always thought we were naturally attractive! What more do we have to say. 

Ok, the editor of the site says I just can't leave it at that, so we'll give you just a couple more natural attractions. Things like the Port Crescent Dark Sky Preserve that truly lets you see the universe. Or the 150 miles of Lake Huron Shoreline. 

Thousands of acres of Department of Natural Resource's state game areas. The Minden City Bog, just Google it. Blue skies, clean air, water all are part of who we are and what we do. We're naturally attractive. 

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We'll Help You

 

Regardless of whether you are thinking about a brewery, distillery, meadery, or other type of "ery", we can put together a team of folks that can answer your questions on locating/expanding in our area. The advantage of working in small places is that we can pick up the phone and call the mayor, zoning director, or city managers. Now, we may not get the answer we want, but we can talk with them directly and plainly about our project. Our job is to try and make your expansion into our part of the world as seamless as possible. So give us a call, we can talk about it over a cold one...