Public turns out for Reed City Brewing Company’s grand opening

REED CITY — There was a constant flow of both beer and customers on Saturday at the grand opening of Reed City Brewing Company.

Area residents visited the renovated building, located on the corner of West Upton Avenue and Higbee Street in downtown Reed City, hoping to sample a few brews.

As people filled the space, lining up at the bar, relaxing on couches or standing around tables, owners Kevin and Deanna Murphy, of Hersey, surveyed the scene.

“I’m still kind of stunned,” said Kevin.

“It’s surreal,” Deanna added.

The journey to opening the brewery has taken some time. The building was purchased about four years ago. Since then, the duo, along with partial owner Kevin Smith, have been working to get everything in order and ready for opening.

Formerly set to be called Red Tail Brewing Co., the name was changed to avoid a possible trademark conflict with a brewery in California. When it came to renaming their business, it was almost a no-brainer to incorporate Reed City into the title, Deanna said.

“We always said we wanted to put Reed City on the beer map, so that’s kind of what we did,” she laughed.

At the opening, Reed City Brewing Company had six beers on tap, which Kevin said will be constantly rotating. The brewery also soon will be serving ciders, homemade sodas, wines and eventually food.

All the beer is brewed by Kevin, who first got into microbrews more than 10 years ago.

“The first brewery I went to also sold supplies to make your own beer,” he said. “I used to only drink Budweiser and Bud Light, but drinking my first microbrew changed everything.”

Kevin brews everything from heavy beers to light ales, he said.

Deanna is hopeful the business will help the Reed City area thrive and draw people in from near and far.

“We want to be part of the community and grow Reed City,” she said. “We want to bring outsiders in and boost this area.”

Creating a place where people can kick back, relax and enjoy a cold one with friends is one of the main goals of Reed City Brewing Company, Deanna said.

“Creating a comfortable atmosphere is important to us,” she said. “One of the reasons we were drawn to this location was being on the corner. To us, that felt familiar and cozy, like an anchor in the community.”