It took a trip to Atlanta combined with a dad’s love for beer and the idea of Michigan Beer Growler Company was formed. It started with Larry, a true beer enthusiast, who has been known to tour several craft breweries a month, taking his growlers to each place and proclaiming what kinds of IBU factor the beer has. His family found him entertaining but when the idea came up to have a location dedicated specifically to filling growlers with hand crafted beer, it was a concept that could not be forgotten. Janae, founder and owner of the Michigan Beer Growler Company, is Larry’s daughter. Upon visiting her friend in Atlanta, she was introduced to a growler filling station and it was love at first sight.
With the help of her friends, family and supportive husband, the idea has now become a reality.
Janae grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and moved around a bit before returning to her home state. After taking an early retirement from the food marketing industry, Janae has spent the past several years at home raising her four children. However, the concept of a filling station is not foreign to her. Throughout high school, college and post college Janae worked in food establishments as a waitress and server. The last restaurant she worked, John Barleycorn in Chicago, served over 20 beers on tap and Janae got her first introduction to the wonderful world of craft beer…and her husband of 15 years, Brian.
Larry Burns, the man behind the inspiration and president of MBGCo. Research and Development, grew up in Paw Paw, Michigan. He is a retired computer analyst and spends his days trying to find the best IPA in Michigan. He returned to Michigan with his lovely wife, Dorothy (aka Janae’s mom), two years ago after living in two other states and has been filling his growler ever since.
The mantra of Michigan Beer Growler Company is to provide a wide variety of craft beer for every enthusiast. Customer service, education and beer satisfaction are the number one goals at MBGCo. Additionally, it hopes to carry one of the largest supplies of craft beer on tap that Michigan Breweries have to offer. MBGCo. offers 26 beers on tap, 2 hard ciders and 2 craft sodas.
From pretzels to apparel, MBGCo. also carries merchandise that is special to Michigan.
Stop in and see what it’s all about!
A growler is a refillable container where tap beer is poured for home consumption. MBGCo. sells 64 and 32 ounce glass growlers that customers purchase. It’s theirs, and they can do what they want with it. However, we suggest they rinse it out with warm water after they consume it, bring it back to the store, and we will fill it up with more beer. If it’s smelling really funky, a cap of bleach, warm soapy water and a good shake should do the trick. At MBGCo., we sanitize every growler that comes into the store before it’s filled, but it’s much appreciated to clean it out first.
MBGCo. is Oakland County’s first “growler bar” where customers can purchase 26 different kinds of craft beer on tap. The best part is customers can take their favorite beer home in a 64 or 32 ounce growler and once sealed, it will last in the refrigerator or
5-7 days. Simply put, it’s like walking into a candy store filled with beer…does it get any better than that? Well, yes it does.
MBGCo. also serves flights and pints of beer so customers can make sure they are bringing home exactly what they want. If you already have a growler we’ll sanitize it and refill it for you.
Not into beer? There are 2 taps of hard cider and 2 taps craft soda for those to like to avoid the hops. Customers will also find Michigan themed merchandise such as wearables, glassware and snack foods.
There are lots of stories out there why it’s called a “growler.” In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. fresh beer was carried home by means of a pail. The most popular theory we have heard was once the beer was carried home, the beer sloshed around in the pail and created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid. Hence, the sound of “growling”..