The idea for EMBC came about as most great ideas do – on a porch, in lawn chairs, drinking beer. One of our founders, Dayne, had recently moved back to Michigan after living in England and bought a farm in the country. The three buddies who would eventually found EMBC were sitting on the back porch, discussing what they could possibly do with the beautifully finished barn that sat empty on his property. The idea? Start a brewery, of course! This microbrewery would be their side hustle. Something fun to do together.
A few weeks later, the same three friends did the obligatory Saturday trip to Eastern Market. Enter 2515 Riopelle.
While exploring all of the amazing murals throughout the market, they called the phone number on a faded “for sale” sign on a whim. The sign looked like it could have been posted a decade earlier, so no one expected a call back. They actually forgot they called.
However, the call did come. The building had been under contract, but the sale fell through and the guys just happened to be the most recent of many inquiries. The build out would be a complete rehab, but at that point, it didn’t matter as they had fallen in love with Eastern Market. With no idea what they were getting themselves into, Dayne, Paul, and Devin decided to make a run at it.
Fast forward a year, a whole lot of work and just enough luck, and the vision became a reality. The goal of EMBC is to revitalize the incredible tradition of brewing beer in Eastern Market, an area that dozens of breweries have called home over the past century.
However, EMBC will leave its mark on Eastern Market by mixing tradition with experimentation. Whenever possible, beer will be brewed with local ingredients to support the market vendors and local businesses that have made Eastern Market what it is today.
At Eastern Market Brewing Co, we’re always brewing & you’re always welcome.