Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon

Cheers! A History of Brewing in Muskegon


An ice cold beer is just as much a part of Muskegon as the snow. Turns out, brewing reflects a pivotal part of this city’s past. “We often think of brewing beer in Muskegon as a more recent development, but breweries have actually existed here since the 1860s. With the different breweries in our county today having such a huge impact on Muskegon, it seemed like a natural fit to connect Muskegon’s brewing history to the present,” said Aaron Mace, Assistant Program Manager at the Historic Sites.

From its start in the 1860s, fighting through the era of Prohibition and the recent revival in 2013, beer is ingrained into Muskegon history. The Muskegon Brewing Company was one of the largest breweries in Michigan.

Visitors can drink in the story of the beer “that made Muskegon famous” with authentic beer recipes and artifacts. Adults can uncover the science of brewing, an immersive mock bar setup, or sniff out beer ingredients at the smell station while underaged youngsters can take a crack at creating the soda pop labels that became popular in the era of Prohibition. “To say that this exhibit is just about beer is an understatement. The story is much greater than just a drink. It is one that tells of the tradition, creativity, and passion that the Muskegon County community infuses into everything,” added Kate Curto, LMC’s exhibit director.


Check out the MLive article about our newest exhibit here: