MARQUETTE - Marquette's newest microbrewery is one step closer to completion, following the delivery of a collection of brewing equipment Thursday.
If all goes according to plan, the Ore Dock Brewing Company, which will be located in a remodeled auto garage at 114 W. Spring St., will be open in April or May, said owner Wes Pernsteiner.
Pernsteiner, who is starting the business along with his wife, Andrea Pernsteiner, said Thursday saw the delivery of fermenters, serving tanks, a malt mill, a mash mixer and a kettle, among other items.
A mashing vessel and kettle rest on their sides Thursday in what will soon be the Ore Dock Brewing Company’s brewing area. The business in Marquette’s downtown is slated to open in April or May. (Journal photo by Matthew Keiser)
"It takes a number of weeks to get it all installed," Wes Pernsteiner said. "We are still some time out right now. The equipment is just being stored.
"A lot of these installations and construction projects can vary, but we're moving along as quick as we can. We're still committed to spring."
Head brewer Nick VanCourt said the from-grain brewing process is a two-week endeavor. Ore Dock, he said, will have the on-site ability to brew 10, 31-gallon barrels of beer.
Once everything is installed and the business is set to open, Pernsteiner said the state liquor commission will inspect the place before offering a final approval.
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.