Reed City Brewing Company continues expansion plans

Additional seating, new beer releases among changes

Reed City Brewing Company plans to increase its outdoor seating area in order to accommodate its growing business following approval by city commissioners to expand space for seating. (Herald Review file photo)

Reed City Brewing Company plans to increase its outdoor seating area in order to accommodate its growing business following approval by city commissioners to expand space for seating. (Herald Review file photo)

REED CITY — Coming out of a year of restrictions, mask mandates, and staffing shortages, Reed City Brewing Company is looking to keep making changes to make new spaces for visitors to enjoy the space safely.

The first step towards new additions to the location came when in April the company’s owner Kevin Murphy presented the Reed City council with a request to increase the front outdoor seating along West Upton Street to 9-feet-by-30-feet and to use four of the parking spaces along Higbee Street as a seating area.

Reed City Brewing Company was the first business to request a permit for outdoor seating.

In April, a motion was approved unanimously to allow Reed City Brewing Company to utilize the sidewalk space up to 48 inches from the outer edge of any sidewalk that abuts the property for seating and dining until Oct. 31, at which time the issue will be revisited.

A second motion was also approved unanimously to allow the use of the parking spaces on Higbee as seating space from Friday through Sunday, through June 21 as a trial period.

Deanna Murphy, co-owner of Reed City Brewing, said they are still waiting on approval from the state to go ahead with making the changes.

“Right now due to staffing shortages we have our front outdoor seating that runs Along Upton Street, and that’s all we’re be able to support,” Murphy said. “We don’t have enough serving staff, but we are looking forward to the social districting that Reed City council has put into the state for us to be approved because that will give us some more leniency to serve patrons outside.”

The brewing company will be preparing for their upcoming Oktoberfest party in September which will double as an anniversary party for the business.

The goal is to have more seating available by then. Reed City Brewing has asked the city council for permission to shut the street down in order to make more space for customers. The party will also feature the release of new beers and specialty foods.

As for other improvements, the company is currently looking for a brewing production facility.

“We’re really looking for a facility with some open space that’ll suit our needs,” Murphy said. “We’re also looking for some expansion in other areas as well. We have been looking around the Cadillac area lately for options.”

Reed City Brewing is consistently looking for new ways to improve its production and customer service and is already working towards releasing several new beers. Well known for its unique flavor combinations and IPA pours, the brewing company has 11 rotating taps of a variety of different beer styles.

Additionally, the food menu includes appetizers, nachos, soups, salads, and sandwiches. They are particularly known for their famous giant soft pretzels, pulled pork nachos with house-made sweet and spicy barbeque sauce, and their ultimate customer-favorited Reuben sandwich.

Murphy said the company has taken on some new employees and a new chef which has made a major difference.

“My daughter Courtney, who was a manager for the taproom and in our marketing department, will be taking on a brewing role alongside my husband,” Murphy said. “We’re hoping that a father-daughter team in the brewery will open things up and bring some new life to what recipes we do. We also hired a new cook who has absolutely been knocking it out of the park with her specials, and we’ve always got new fresh items on the menu.

“We’re always striving to find new ways to improve and make changes to our company so we can better serve our customers,” Murphy said. “We’ll have several new beers out this year, and we’re excited to hopefully be able to create more space for seating and continue adding to our menu.”

For more information on the Reed City Brewing Company, its current featured beer list, and food menu items, visit its website at