Two chemical engineers inspired by the art and science of a beer-making hobby are putting the finishing touches on a brewhouse in Dimondale.
Husband-wife entrepreneurs Michelle and Chad Rogers plan to open Dimes Brewhouse
come April or May in a 1,000-square foot building that once housed a florist. Located at 145 N. Bridge St., the microbrewery will feature four to five craft beers and non-alcohol, locally sourced cider in a 600-square foot tap room decked out with a scientific theme. Customers can enjoy drinks served in beakers, and frequent guests can become members of the Mad Chemist Club.
"It gives us a fun focus," says Dimes Brewhouse Co-Owner Michelle Roger. "Dimes is also going to be cozy, filled with warm lighting and that small town vibe."
The Rogers had been tossing around the idea of starting a brewery after moving back to Greater Lansing from jobs and collegiate odysseys in Baton Rouge, La., and Detroit. The two bought Chad's grandparent's old farmhouse and continued to pursue a beer-making hobby inspired by a college class on beverage technology.
Rogers says the name for the microbrewery pays homage to Chad's hometown of Dimondale. A bar made from wood harvested from a old maple tree on the couple's property further reflects the commitment to make Dimes a comfortable place for locals and visitors.
"We want Dimes to be a gathering place for the community," says Rogers. "The fact that we're very close to the Grand River is exciting, too. We would like to sponsor some canoeing and kayaking events, as well as host occasional seminars."
Dimes Brewhouse will be open Thursday through Sunday for starters, with a total of four to six staff. The Rogers hope to brew up to 300 barrels a year through a 3.5 barrel steam-powered system.
Source: Michelle Rogers, Co-owner, Dimes Brewhouse
Writer: Ann Kammerer, News Editor
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