Rake Beer Project, a brewery known for their unique sour beers, is launching “Big Gretch”, a new hard seltzer named for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Read More
Rake Beer Project
The Rake Beer Project opened in early September 2019 in the basement of Northtown 794, a commercial development of the former Al Perri Furniture store at 794 Pine Street in Muskegon, Michigan.
But the idea of opening a brewery was born at least two years ago by founded Josh Rake, who began working in the industry while a student at Lansing Community College. The Mona Shores grad loved the work so much that he dropped out of school to work full-time in the industry, cycling between Gallery Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, New Holland Brewing and Old Nation Brewery.
Rake’s signature beers are progressive and farmhouse ales that are mostly raw — meaning that there is no boiling during the process. This is an old method, originating in Northern Europe and Scandinavia, and Rake says his mission is to apply these traditional brewing methods to producing modern brews.
The result is a different style of beer than many American drinkers are accustomed to, often fuller in body and funkier or more sour in taste. This is a draw both to beer obsessives and to those who think they don’t like beer, but enjoy an ale that tastes and feels more like cider or even wine.
The taproom at the Rake Beer Project is a warm space that gets bright natural light from a set of old garage doors in the corner. The furniture is handcrafted from recycled barrels and local wood, and a large flowery mural across from the bar is by local artist Jimmy Cobb. The vibe in the bar is something like psychedelic rustic with East Asian influences.
The Rake Beer Project has begun hosting such events as singer-songwriter nights and trivia to foster that sense of community. Plans are to open a small kitchen, selling Asian-inspired street foods, and the drinks menu will expand to include natural wines and ciders. In warmer months, the brewery will open the garage doors so people can take these treats out onto a patio.
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