|Brad and I enjoying a few brews before I hit the road. He and Jason are two of the hardest working people I personally know.|
While Spiteful has been working on their expansion, Chris has been hard at work with his own space. He acquired a building in Bridgman, Michigan last year. A lot of walls, carpet (and subsequently, a lot of carpet glue) have been removed since then. Now, it includes a tasting room, and a brewery that houses a plethora of wooden fermenters of all sorts and sizes. On top of all that, he built his own koelschip! I'm entering a world of adventurous fermentation, and that is exactly where I want to be.
|The cellar at Spiteful Brewing. The brewhouse sits where I was standing to capture this image. On packaging days, the brewhouse is replaced with the canning machine or bottle filler. This room is about 450 sq ft.|
The guys at Spiteful will always be family to me, and I'll always be proud of our success together, and their inevitable success that's still to come. I simply can't say enough good things about Brad and Jason and how they've managed their company. A regimented operation of brewing and packaging that utilizes one of the smallest spaces I know of any brewery working out of, maintaining quality day in and day out. If you haven't tried a brew from Spiteful, you're doing yourself a disservice. Two gold medals at last year's FOBAB, and a recent Brewers' Choice Award at the Goose Island Stout Fest—these aren't rewarded to just anybody.
|A photo I captured while visiting the new Transient space in Bridgman. Notice the brand new 30 bbl oak foudre on the right.|