By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Dearborn’s first microbrewery will soon open its doors to the public, but for now final touches are being completed to ensure its opening.
“All the big construction projects have been completed,” owner John Rucinski said. “Now were are patching walls and working on finishes.”
Initially, the brewery had its sights on a spring opening, but construction has pushed the opening to late August.
“We’ve finished installing the bar and lighting, all the furniture has been delivered and we completed licensing with the government and the state,” Rucinski said.
The 2,500-square-foot building at 21930 Michigan Ave. is awaiting final inspection and a certificate of occupancy from the city when construction is completed.
“The brewery license is approved and we are working on getting the beer ready to serve to the public,” Rucinski said.
Once it’s open, the brewery will feature four beers on tap, growing to six in the future with varieties rotating in and out of the lineup as the seasons change.
The idea to open the brewery began in 2012 with researching and planning after homebrewing for about 15 years.
Rucinski’s friends and family helped convince him and his wife, Sheila Rucinski, to open the brewery in Dearborn. An online fundraising campaign allowed Rucinski raise his $25,000 goal with the help of 157 backers donating money.
The decision to open the brewery in downtown west Dearborn was an easy one for Rucinski because of the foot and vehicle traffic in the area.
“When we are up and running, we also hope to distribute our beers to local restaurants and bars in the area,” Rucinski said.
For more information on Dearborn Brewing go to dearbornbrewing.com.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])