In 2014, Pigeon Hill Brewing Company opened our doors in downtown Muskegon with more elbow grease than capital, and more determination than experience. As a testament to our love of Muskegon and its history, our taproom became a living museum, with lights from historic Muskegon foundries, tables built from lumber era pine, and decorations celebrating Muskegon and its rich brewing history.
For two years, the original taproom also served as our sole production facility, where our small 3.5 barrel (110 gallon) brew system ran at capacity to serve our thirsty patrons and provide limited kegs to local West Michigan bars. As demand for our beer increased both in the taproom and throughout the region, we took a leap of faith and purchased a vacant building one block away. This building, a former Brunswick test facility, won our hearts with its history and character – and its ability to house a much larger production operation. Two years after opening our taproom, production commenced on our new 20 barrel brewhouse at 441 W. Western. With construction complete, we made the transition from small local brewery on the lakeshore to a proud exporter of Muskegon beer throughout all of Michigan.
Now, all Pigeon Hill beer is brewed in our new production facility one block off Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon. More importantly though, our production facility also now houses our taproom, which we call “The Brewer’s Lounge at Pigeon Hill.” Here, you can enjoy a pint and see where all of the magic happens!
From the beginning, Pigeon Hill broke the mold with our family. In building our team, we focused less on experience and more on people who were as passionate as we are about Muskegon and beer. From a self-professed “awkward” cheese addict to the home brewer who knew more about flooring than anyone else we will ever meet, many misfits came together to bring Pigeon Hill to life.
The eclectic group we gathered quickly demonstrated that the sum is greater than the parts. Together, our variety of personalities and skills flourished into a cohesive team. Today, you will still find many of those first family members behind the bar and operating the brew house. Although our family continues to grow with our company, one thing certainly stays the same – we are still just a merry band of misfits.