STURGIS | The owners of The Knuckle Saloon and The Knuckle Brewing Co. staged a groundbreaking ceremony for their latest microbrewery, The Sturgis Brewing Co., on Nov. 29 at the construction site at 600 Anna St., just off Exit 32, in Sturgis.
RCS Construction recently started site mobilization on the 17,500-square-foot building designed by TSP Architects. In addition to brewing, canning and kegging, the new manufacturing facility will include a tasting room, restaurant and retail space. It is expected to be operational in May and employ an additional staff of seven to start.
After opening The Knuckle Brewing Co. in 2014, an expansion was needed only two years later to meet the demand. In 2017, state legislation authorized an increase in the number of barrels that can be manufactured annually. The new Sturgis Brewing Co. manufacturing facility will provide the space needed to be competitive and increase capacity to meet wholesale distribution demand.
Roger Call, Bryan Carter and Ken McNenny, members of the new Sturgis Brewing Co., would like to thank the community of Sturgis and SEDC, as well as Pioneer Bank and Trust, for their support. This was echoed by Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen who stated, “The Knuckle owners are local entrepreneurs with a proven track record in the microbrewery business. We applaud their vision and hard work, and are excited to welcome their continued successful expansion.”
SEDC President Pat Kurtenbach added, “This is an exciting time for Sturgis, as The Sturgis Brewing Co. will complement our growing hospitality industry. We congratulate them on their continued commitment to investing in the community.”