One week into opening their brewery, a fire from a neighboring business forced Redline Brewing Company in Burton to close their doors and begin the hunt for a new location.
Doug Grover, brewer and owner of the two-barrel microbrewery, was reportedly inside the brewery at the time of the fire but was able to get out safely. The strip mall location, including several other businesses, has been rendered completely useless.
“My dream and life went up in flames today. I don’t know any more at this point,” Grover commented on the Redline Facebook page.
In the collaborative spirit of Michigan brewers, Tenacity Brewing in Flint is hosting a fundraiser for their burnt-out brethren.
A Facebook event has been created which explains the situation: “Just a week after opening, Redline Brewing suffered a fire in their building. Join us in raising money to help them get back on their feet! Come enjoy a beer or two with us from 3-10pm October 20th, and 100 percent of tips received that night will be given to them.”
To clarify the 100 percent tip donation, Tenacity owners regularly work Tuesdays covering the taproom – no employees were asked to work and donate their money.
Owner Robb Klaty has known Grover for a long time and is happy to lend assistance to Redline.
“We’re all in this together,” Klaty says of the Michigan beer community. “We like friendly competition but we also help each other out whenever we can.”
A GoFundMe campaign has also been started to raise money for the expenses in finding a new location and establishing licensing for that new business address.
Other brewers are also chipping in and donating items for a raffle. Adam Beratta of 51 North Brewing Company and Mark Larson and Eric Stephenson of Falling Down Beer Company are donating items. Beratta is also coordinating a collection effort for other people and businesses that wish to donate.
119 N. Grand Traverse Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
Redline Brewing’s Facebook Page
Fundraiser Facebook Event
Redline Brewing’s GoFundMe Page