Company investing nearly $134,000 to anchor the downtown social district 

Tantrick Brewing Co. is investing $133,725 to redevelop a new downtown Allegan facility at 134 Water Street.  Lakeshore Advantage, the local economic development organization that assists employers with growth opportunities in Ottawa and Allegan counties, worked with the company to connect them with local resources to support their growth.

“We started out as first-time business owners renting a space just outside of Allegan, not knowing what to expect.  In three short years, we have grown with the support of our neighbors, and are proud to invest in the community we have come to love with our new permanent home for Tantrick Brewing Co.” said Tanya Schafer, owner, Tantrick Brewing Co.  “It is very humbling and exciting to join the other small businesses working hard to revitalize Allegan’s Downtown!”

Tantrick Brewing Co. is an up-and-coming microbrewery currently operating a small production facility and taproom in the City of Allegan.  The company has outgrown its current leased location at 633 114th Avenue.  Tantrick Brewing Co. will redevelop the 2,110 square foot facility at 134 Water Street to expand their local production capacity and operations.

“Food and beverage processing is one of our region’s top manufacturing industries, and nearly one in three jobs in our region is in manufacturing,” said Jennifer Owens, president, Lakeshore Advantage.  “We congratulate Tantrick Brewing Co. on their growth, and support their decision to grow in downtown Allegan, contributing to the heartbeat and personality of the city’s redevelopment.”

The City of Allegan is offering local support for Tantrick Brewing Co. in the form of a 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption.  The building at 134 Water Street will be utilized by Tantrick Brewing Co. solely for the production and processing of alcoholic beverages, which enabled their qualification for the tax abatement.

“The brewery is a destination that attracts visitors from all of Southwest Michigan and beyond, providing an introduction to Allegan as an anchor of our social district and driving customers to other retailers, attractions, and restaurants,” said Joel Dye, City Manager, City of Allegan.  “Tantrick Brewing Co. is a vital component to the many good things happening in Allegan. It is going to be great to have them downtown on the riverfront.”

Independent of the 134 Water Street project, the microbrewery is also renovating the former Long Branch Saloon at 243 Hubbard Street and converting it into a taproom and restaurant.

“I cannot be happier that Tantrick Brewing Co. is relocating to Downtown Allegan.  Since opening its doors in July 2018, Tantrick has impacted this community in all the right ways,” said Tim Perrigo, Executive Director, Allegan Area Chamber of Commerce.  “Patrick and Tanya have worked tirelessly to create the type of “third space” that all communities desire – inviting, comfortable, and neighborly.”

 About Lakeshore Advantage

Lakeshore Advantage is a non-profit local economic development organization started in 2003 by forward-focused business and community leaders to ensure current and future generations want to live and work in our vibrant economy.  Lakeshore Advantage assists primary employers, from startups to large world-class corporations, in West Michigan’s Allegan and Ottawa counties.

In 2019, Lakeshore Advantage supported 21 business growth projects, resulting in $127 million in private investment and 1,000 new jobs. More at www.lakeshoreadvantage.com.

submitted by Lakeshore Advantage, December 29, 2020

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