Russ Springsteen, Right Brain owner/brewer and myself at his previous location.
Right Brain Brewery has been full steam ahead since they moved into their new facility about a year ago. At any given time they have from 15-50 of their beers on tap. They do not have a kitchen, but welcome you to bring in your own food or order for delivery. Over my many travels to Traverse City, MI, I have enjoyed many great beers from Right Brain. And although I have had the fun opportunity to meet and visit with owner Russ Springsteen, I have yet to visit the new location. To see a great panoramic view of their tap room, click here.
Recently 22 oz. bottles have made their way throughout the state of Michigan, including CEO Stout (5.5% ABV), Naughty Girl Stout (brewed wtih mint, 6% ABV), Northern Hawk Owl (Amber, 5.8% ABV) , and Dead Kettle IPA (5.4% ABV).
But for summer, cans are the way to go. Right Brain will be Michigan Mobile Canning's first customer. This is a mobile canning operation that comes to you on a 16 foot box truck. What a great way for smaller breweries to get their product out there. According to Russ, being closed for such a long time between locations left him without the cash flow that he would have needed to purchase a $125,000 canning line.
The mobile canning truck will supplement the existing labor intensive bottling system that is also quite expensive to operate. At the same time, Russ will be able to increase his distribution throughout the state. We should see Willpower Pale Ale (English Pale Ale, 4.9% ABV) on shelves very soon, followed by Northern Hawk Owl, and CEO Stout. To see an image of the Willpower can, click here.