Handmap Brewing Unveils Plans  to Start Operations in Battle Creek, Michigan
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Handmap Brewing Unveils Plans to Start Operations in Battle Creek, Michigan

PRESS RELEASE Battle Creek, Michigan – June 11, 2019, Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) has awarded a $200,000 financial incentive to Handmap Brewing, a new brewery locating in downtown Battle Creek. Handmap Brewing will be located on the first floor of the Record Box, a mix-used facility currently undergoing a complete historic renovation by Restore (269), a local real estate developer.


In December 2017, BCU announced an RFP in conjunction with a $200,000 incentive for a new brewery/distillery to locate in downtown Battle Creek. In April of 2018, BCU announced that two breweries would be awarded separate incentive packages. At that time, New Holland Brewing announced its plan to open a third brewpub in Battle Creek. Now that Handmap Brewing’s plans are finalized, the company’s announcement commits the second brewery to downtown Battle Creek.


Handmap Brewing co-founders, Chris McCleary and Jennifer Brown, both natives of Battle Creek, are excited to return to their hometown from Chicago, Illinois and share their expertise and passion for craft beer.  McCleary, Handmap’s Head Brewer, has been brewing for well over a decade and spent the last three years as a brewer with Chicago-based Goose Island Beer Company.  Brown, brings decades of business and financial experience from multiple Chicago-based companies to Handmap Brewing.


Brown stated, “We are looking forward to coming home to open Handmap Brewing, catching up with old friends and making many new ones and are excited to be part of the great things happening in Battle Creek.  Our intent is to create an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, from the craft beer enthusiast to people who have never been to a brewery.”


“The City of Battle Creek is full of history, and Handmap Brewing is proud to be a part of its future.  We are excited to share our dream, and for Handmap to share the craft beer experience,” said McCleary.


Handmap’s plans for Battle Creek include onsite brewing with a rotating selection of craft brews, along with lite food options in an inviting atmosphere and venue true to the craft brewing spirit.  Construction of the facility is currently underway, and a grand opening is slated for fall 2019. Handmap Brewing expects to employ nearly a dozen employees when fully operational.


BCU President & CEO Joe Sobieralski said, “Handmap Brewing’s decision to locate at the Record Box will build upon the transformative momentum that is currently underway in downtown Battle Creek. We are not only excited to watch them grow and thrive in Battle Creek but thrilled to see the downtown momentum continue.”





About Battle Creek Unlimited

Established in 1972, Battle Creek Unlimited is a private, non-profit corporation which serves as the economic development arm for the City of Battle Creek and manages the Fort Custer Industrial Park.  The Fort Custer Industrial Park is home to over 80 businesses, including 25 international companies, and employs over 13,000 people. BCU’s mission is to build a strong community by driving strategic investment and job creation.


Media Contacts:

Jennifer Brown, Handmap Brewing, Co-Founder



Joe Sobieralski, BCU, President and CEO

269-962-7526 or sobieralski@bcunlimited.org