Expansion Draft

Ferndale's Urbanrest Brewing temporarily shut its doors for a week for an unusual reason.


Published:

Growing pains are to be expected for any fledgling business, but things hit hard for Urbanrest Brewing in Ferndale.

Just four months after opening in June 2017, the brewery had to close its doors. The closing, which lasted a week, wasn’t because the business was failing; rather, it was because they literally ran out of beer. “We just couldn’t keep up,” says head brewer and co-owner Zach Typinski. “We needed to regroup.”

To be sure, the brewery was able to rebound in a big way. Over the summer, Typinski, along with his wife and fellow co-owner, Mary, marked the brewery’s first anniversary. They also celebrated an expansion that quadrupled their capacity and allowed them to brew more craft beer and kombucha (tea drinks).

“We had always planned on expanding,” Typinski says, “but we had planned it more for the two-year mark. So we had to expedite things a bit.”

When the Typinskis opened Urbanrest, they offered four rotating styles of beer. The expansion allowed them to add up to four more selections. It also means the brewery is open six days a week, instead of four.

Typinski says the brewery may have another expansion on the horizon, but he and his wife have no plans to distribute. “We just want to be able to serve the people in our tap room. We’re having a blast,” he says. “This is my dream.” 

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Green Wave

OHM Advisors in Livonia helps limit environmental challenges like harmful algae.

Books and Mortar

Local comic book stores suffer as online retailers and auction sites become more prominent.

Data Highway

KLA Laboratories is moving into the digital world of autonomous and connected vehicles.

Vested Interest

How a local real estate agent built a $60 million client base from scratch.

Good Vibrations

The husband-and-wife team at Detroit Watch Co. has a hand in every part of the business.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Retail Tenants Announced For Bedrock’s Shinola Hotel in Downtown Detroit
    Bedrock has announced four retail tenants that are coming to the 1400 Woodward block in Detroit,...
  2. Michigan Capital Advisors in Bloomfield Hills Invests in Wixom’s Ventech
    Bloomfield Hills’ Michigan Capital Advisors, a private equity firm focused on the automotive...
  3. Dearborn’s Ford and India’s Mahindra Group Sign Agreements to Share Powertrain, Connected Car Solutions
    Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn and Mahindra Group in India Wednesday signed two agreements to share...
  4. Blog: Bringing Humanity Back to the Workplace
    Last month as we celebrated one of my team member’s service anniversaries, it struck me that I...
  5. Detroit’s LIFT and Lansing’s Lifeline Firehose Develop Device Allowing Firehose to Deliver Breathable Air and Fire Suppressants
    Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) Thursday announced it helped Lansing’s...
  6. Macy’s Completes Store Improvements at Somerset Collection in Troy and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi
    Macy’s today announced that its department stores at the Somerset Collection in Troy and Twelve...