HISTORY OF ELLISON
The history of Ellison Brewery and Spirits is an interesting and inspirational story. At a holiday party two years ago, two high school friends from DeWitt talked about opening a microbrewery and distillery.
It could work, they figured, because Lansing didn't yet have a brewery large enough to sell its beer outside of its own taproom.
That early conversation has morphed into Ellison Brewery & Spirits — a microbrewery and distillery that could open by August in an industrial warehouse off Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township.
The brewery expects to make 5,000 barrels in its first year, owners said. Ellison would have a tasting room with six to 12 craft beers available to start.
Longer term, their goals are to find retailers to carry their beverages and to make wines and hard ciders.
"People are looking for something handmade, something that's essentially farm-to-table, that isn't mass-produced by one of these giant corporations that use computers to do most of their brewing," said Eric Elliott, who will share ownership of Ellison Brewery with Aaron Hanson, his 2001 classmate at DeWitt High School.
Elliott and Hanson are not brewers by trade, so they're bringing on brew and cellar specialists.
Elliott has a long history in the Michigan beer community, marketing and distributing beer and liquor all over the state for many years.
Hanson is an automotive engineer who works primarily on advanced engine concepts.
Both say the Lansing market needs a larger craft beer industry, especially since it's the state capital.
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MEET ERIC ELLIOTT
Published on Feb 17, 2016
Listen to Eric talk about the #Clubhouse and what it feels like to be apart of a craft that has been lost for gernerations in Lansing Michigan. #EllisonBrewery
CRESCENT FRESH IPA
Published on Feb 13, 2016
Meet Ellison Brewery + Spirits assistant brewer/winemaker Jordan Artuso. In this video he talks about his beer Crescent Fresh IPA! Great work Jordan!
ELLISON - FOX NEWS 47
Published on Feb 5, 2016
Owner Eric Elliot, Assistant Brewer / Winemaker Jordan Artuso and Brewpub Manager Kaylan Shrum discuss the products available at Ellison Brewery + Spirits.
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East Lansing, MI 48823