Cherry Republic creates outdoor taproom in expanded Northern Michigan beer garden

michael jhon

GLEN ARBOR, MI – At Cherry Republic’s flagship Glen Arbor location, one thing this destination has a lot of is tasty fruits – and wide-open space. To offer more of both to customers who are looking for fun experiences that come with built-in social distancing, Cherry Republic has installed a […]

GLEN ARBOR, MI – At Cherry Republic’s flagship Glen Arbor location, one thing this destination has a lot of is tasty fruits – and wide-open space.

To offer more of both to customers who are looking for fun experiences that come with built-in social distancing, Cherry Republic has installed a new outdoor taproom in its expanded beer garden area.

The new outdoor bar – housed in a unique shipping container – has eight taps and is currently featuring a selection of Cherry Republic Brewing Co. draft beers, its popular sodas and pours of its wines. Hard ciders are expected to be added to the lineup soon, said Andrew Moore, the company’s director of marketing.

The mobile taproom and beer garden are conveniently located right in the middle of the little empire Cherry Republic has created as its Northern Michigan landmark. The garden backs up to both its Public House – where snacks, meals and beer are served – and its Great Hall, where all its treats and merchandise are laid out for browsing and shopping.

Moore said the new taproom spot was a natural extension when staff decided to expand the beer garden earlier this year. That original space made its debut, along with the Public House, in 2018.

“The big advantage we have in Glen Arbor is outdoor space,” Moore said. “With Covid-19 and people wanting to be outside more, it was a really good impetus for us to invest in our outdoor experiences.”

This summer and fall, guests will notice more seating in the beer garden, and at other spots around the Cherry Republic footprint. A stage set up there hosts outdoor live music every Friday.

“It’s family-friendly for sure.”

When it came to deciding how they wanted the mobile taproom to look, the answer was fairly close. BoxPop, a custom shipping container business in nearby Traverse City, creates unique spaces for retailers, restaurants and bars, among other projects.

“We just loved the idea,” Moore said of the bright red container-style bar, which has since been customized with some very Cherry Republic swag and folksy sayings.

“It just fits perfectly on our property,” he said. “We’ve got this space and plenty of fresh air – and room to spread out.”

To see what’s on tap at Cherry Republic’s Public House, check the online food and brew menu here.

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