First brewery in Norton Shores pours ‘approachable’ craft beer

NORTON SHORES, MI – A pair’s residence brewing passion is now Norton Shores’ premier brewery.

Derek and Jennifer Olsen opened Salty Pecker Brewing Company at 255 Seminole Road on September 2nd.

“My spouse and I’ve needed to open a brewery for a very long time. It’s been a facet dream of ours for years, ”mentioned Derek Olsen.

The couple began working on the microbrewery in April 2020 after Art Van Furniture, the place Olsen labored for 20 years, abruptly shut down final 12 months. They used their 16 years of homebrewing expertise and switched to industrial manufacturing.

Olsen desires the Salty Pecker to supply a beer that’s “straightforward to drink and accessible”.

“I need to supply craft beer that not solely will individuals who already love craft beer get pleasure from, however may even attempt to get extra individuals to drink contemporary native beer,” he mentioned. “I believe there are lots of people who like craft breweries and I wish to upset a few of these individuals.”

There are seven beers on faucet at Salty Pecker, together with an Irish pink ale referred to as Salty’s Big Red and a Hefty Hen Stout recipe that “has been perfected through the years,” Olsen mentioned.

The brewery additionally serves a cane sugar root beer.

“I fill all of my recipes with love,” mentioned Olsen. “I’m in there singing with the beer. It’s like speaking to your houseplant that it is good for them – and placing good vitality into the beer. “

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The Salty Pecker is the primary brewery to open in Norton Shores and joins close by Muskegon craft breweries such because the Pigeon Hill Brewing Company, Unruly Brewing Company and the Rake Beer Project.

Olsen mentioned their taproom on Seaway Drive gives one other method for the neighborhood to get pleasure from craft beer outdoors of downtown Muskegon.

“We’re both the primary brewery you meet or the final one you meet on the best way out of city. We’re virtually proper on the entrance to Muskegon and Norton Shores, ”mentioned Olsen.

Olsen is run collectively by the couple and can also be the primary women-owned brewery in the Muskegon space, in response to Olsen. In Whitehall, the Fetch Brewing Company can also be owned by married couple Dan and Jen Hain.

The Salty Pecker is open from Thursday to Saturday from 4pm to 10pm. Updates on opening occasions can be found on Facebook or at

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