Sneak Peak of M-Brew in Ferndale

Sneak Peak of M-Brew in Ferndaledinos02sidelogo3

(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 15, 2014)

The transformation of the old VFW Hall in Ferndale is nearly complete, and if all goes well the doors to Dino’s Lounge founder Dean Bach’s newest creation will be open by June.

The ski lodge-like theme resonates with the simple pine walls, reclaimed Douglas Fir counters and tabletops, and a cozy corner fireplace flanked by enormous windows looking out at the spacious wrap-around patio. With counter-service prepared foods and brick oven pizza, cones of custard for kids or adults, and growlers of Michigan beer to go, Bach hopes to have a large base of carry-out customers.  But dda_ad_01there will also be seating for about 30 inside, plus seats on the patio with a view of fabulous Ferndale.

Like the roadside cafes of Northern Michigan, M-Brew will thrive off a Michigan theme, featuring local foods and products, and even touristy tee shirts.

The pizza will be deep dish, Detroit style, made in a genuine brick oven.  There will be Smokin’ Buttz pulled pork sandwiches, memorable soups and salads, and essentials like McClure’s pickles and Grocer’s Daughter chocolates.

M-Brew’s pride and joy though will be the beer.  “We’re searching every corner of the state to find a variety of Michigan beers,” Bach said.  The short-lined keg beers include Shortz, Founders, MIP, and and  “These beers taste better than out of bottles, fresh.  And we’ll do sample flights of the beers, on platters that are shaped like skis.  We’ll call them ‘brew-skis,” Bach said.

The 177 Vester location is just a couple blocks from Dino’s Lounge, his ‘upscale but not uptight’ bar and restaurant.  “I’ve been in Ferndale a long time, and seen a lot of great businesses grow.  If you’re going to introduce a new concept, Ferndale’s a good town for new concepts.”

In addition to already owning a restaurant that is a hub for community gathering and entertainment for ten years, Bach has long been involved in the city’s charitable side.  He’s famous for the annual Rib Burn Off as lori davis adpart of the Ferndale Blues Festival, involvement in the Downtown Development Authority, and countless other projects for charity and the betterment of Ferndale.

M-Brew’s website is not yet launched, but this story will be updated when it is.

For previous stories about Dean Bach and Dino’s Lounge see:


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