Dearborn is poised to receive another craft brewery next month. Long-delayed startup Downey Brewing Company is slated to open the taps at its 5,000-square-foot production facility and taproom in early November.
The brewhouse is a family operation developed by brothers John and Dan Downey. The pair alongside their father Dean Downey are longtime homebrewers who decided to bring more local brewing options to the relatively untapped Dearborn market (Dearborn Brewing launched on Michigan Avenue last year). The building — a die cutting warehouse — was built out with the help of a $25,000 Kickstarter campaign. Downey features a three-barrel brewing system, which will keep between 12 and 13 beers and ciders on rotation.
Downey was initially set to open last October but faced several major delays due to roof leaks and related damage. However, the company tells Eater it gave them time to expand the project to include a 30-seat taproom.
Tickets are on sale now for the November 5 grand opening event. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door, which includes six beer samples plus a free beer for a later visit. Ticketholders will also receive Downey Brewing Company swag.
• Downey Brewing Company Website [Official]
• All Beer Here Coverage [ED]