Family owned Downey Brewing Co. celebrates grand opening

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Downey Brewing Co. co-owner Dean Downey (left) serves beer samples to Sylvia Downey (second from left), and Elsie and Bill Patterson during the company’s grand opening Nov. 5.

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Downey Brewing Co. co-owner Dean Downey (left) serves beer samples to Sylvia Downey (second from left), and Elsie and Bill Patterson during the company’s grand opening Nov. 5.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — What started as a passion for brewing beer at home grew into a brewing company for the Downey family.

Dean Downey alongside his two sons, Daniel and John Downey, combined their talents to open family owned Downey Brewing Co. at 13121 Prospect.

The sons earned their education in marketing and accounting while the father started as a homebrewer with a background in chemistry during the 1990s.

Dennis Downey, Dean Downey’s father, provided the space for the idea which is inside his business, KDG Finishers Corp.

“The idea became public in 2014 when we had a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $25,000 needed,” Daniel Downey said. “From there the pieces fell in place.”

Currently there are eight beers on tap including wet hopped Doublerado, Elmo, Green and White, One, Shamrock, R&R: Raspberry Radler, Colleen’s Wit and Mango Tango.

“We hope to have six or seven flagships based on what people like with seasonal additions,” Daniel Downey said.

During the grand opening celebration Nov. 5, customers were able to tour the microbrewery including the walk-in cooler and brewing area.

Upon arriving to the microbrewery, customers where given a bag filled with cups and tickets for beer tasting. A single ticket allowed customers to trade for one four-ounce sample or three tickets for a pint.

Merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and keychain bottle openers, were available for purchase in different colors with the company logo.

The bottling, kegging and transferring of beer is all done at the facility before being stored in an on-site cooler for a week or two.

The company is closed from Monday to Thursday for production and open Friday through Sunday for customers. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information on Downey Brewing Co. go to downeybrewingcompany.com.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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