Commerce Township-based Streetcar Partners Management has purchased a controlling interest in New Mission Organics and Michigan Hop Alliance, both based in Omena (near Traverse City). The two entities will be merged and retain the name Michigan Hop Alliance.
“We believe there is tremendous room for growth in Michigan’s hop industry,” says Mike Messink, a principal at Streetcar along with Michael Chetcuti. “Michigan craft beer is booming, and it’s only natural in a state as agriculturally-diverse as Michigan that a local hop industry should develop to help support it.”
New Mission Organics, founded in 2005, is a 30-acre farm that specializes in organic and sustainably grown hops. The farm has more than 20 hop varieties in production. New Mission Organics works with breweries such as Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., and Founders Brewing Co., among others.
“With our new partners we will be able to grow and innovate much more rapidly and reach brewers and farmers not only all over Michigan, but across North America, and potentially, internationally,” says Brian Tennis, co-founder of New Mission Organics, along with his wife, Amy.
The Tennis’s formed the Michigan Hop Alliance in 2010 to process their own hops as well as hops from farms across northern Michigan. Brian Tennis will assume the role of president and director of marketing for Michigan Hop Alliance under the terms of the agreement.
Streetcar’s other holdings include Commerce Township-based American Expedition Vehicles; Baja Estate, a vineyard and winery in Northport; and real estate development projects in Northport and the SoCo district in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.