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|Schmohz Brewery, Grand Rapids, MI|
by Gary Morrison
Schmohz Brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan is a small neighborhood brewery with good beer, a good reputation, and a big heart.
The brewery's stable of beers include Bone Crusher Stout (a robust aggressive ale built with five specialty malts), India Pale Ale, Zingiberene Ale (a light malt based ale using ginger rather than hops), and Kiss my Scottish Arse (a great ale guaranteed to lift your kilt).
There are several other beers they brew and keeping up with the needs of the people means that brewer Chas Thompson has more than a full time job keeping up with demand.
|Schmohz Brew House|
Their beer is sold in about 1,000 bars and retail outlets in Michigan, Chas said. None of it is sold out of state.
“We also sell our own brand of root beer and cherry soda,” said Chas who has been a brewer for over 15 years.
Schmohz was originally the Robert Thomas Brewery before going out of business. It sat idle for several months before Jim and Laurie Schwerin bought the building and all of the equipment almost eight years ago.
|Laurie (left), with customer Sarah Roberts|
It then took Jim and Laurie about three months to get up to speed and open its doors to the public; which worked out because it took them three months to get their license.
"But we could make beer even though we couldn't sell it until we got our license," she said. "When we got our license we were ready to go.
"Jim is a home brewer so three of our beers are his home recipes," she said. "We have five beers on tap all of the time and have a reasonable amount of seasonals."
|A very comfortable look!|
"Then we found this place about a year ago and now we come here three to four times a week" Sarah said.
|A friendly bar!|
Now when she goes back to Kentucky it is mandatory that she brings bottles of Schmohz beer with her.
“When our relatives visit, this is the first place they like to come to,” she said. “They cannot get Schmohz in Kentucky, so they insist we bring them some when we go back home to visit.”
Chad Riley lives about twenty minutes away and can only stop in occasional, he said. However, he likes Schmohz's Scotch and pales ales and those are his beers of choice when he drops in.
|Chad Riley and friend CJ Davis|
And as for Schmohz's big heart; Jim and Laurie are a graduates of Michigan Technological University and both work closely on charity events with Michigan Tech's Alumni Association, Laurie said, as well as sponsor a 5K run every year for the Special Olympics.
“We’re also sponsors of Sammi Rae of Hope, an organization created to financially help families suffering with the possible loss of a family member,” Laurie said. “It helps those family members who are forced into making financial decisions while waiting for a medical miracle or for the inevitable.”
For more information on Schmohz's Charity work, check out Sammi Rae of Hope here www.sammiraeofhope.org
For information on thier Charity race, the "Achillies Ale 5k, get more information here
www.schmohz.com/race, or download a flyer here
Schomtz Brewery is located at
2600 Patterson S.E
Grand Rapids, MI 49546