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Roak Brewing Company Prepares to Close Taproom, Relocate Royal Oak Production to Marshall

The brewery and taproom is closing its Royal Oak location and putting the space up for lease with equipment for sale

The interior of the Roak Brewing Company taproom is filled with people at a U-shaped bar.
Roak Brewing Company opened its taproom and production facility in 2015.
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Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

ROAK taproom and brewing facility up for sale

After five years in Royal Oak, the Roak Brewing is preparing to let go of its taproom, brewing facility, and equipment on East Lincoln, Crain’s reports. The move is part of an effort by the company to consolidate operations after acquiring Dark Horse Brewing Co. in Marshall last year. That merger wrapped up in February just as the pandemic was hitting Michigan, resulting in financial challenges for the company. Roak will continue brewing Dark Horse and Roak beers from one facility in Marshall. CEO John Leon tells Crain’s he’s in talks with local brewers to take over the space, and hopes to eventually reopen a Roak taproom elsewhere in the city.

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The Oakland

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Roak Brewing

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