Since June 2015, Old Nation Brewing Company has been bringing the people of Williamston together for an ice-cold beer that pairs with one of its many meal options.
Along with the restaurant experience, Old Nation Brewing Company also distributes many beers that are brewed at their facility 1500 W. Grand River, including their M43 IPA that was released in December 2016.
“Since the release of M43, we’ve been mentioned on beer boards and have noticed more people who aren’t from Williamston stopping in to try it,” said Kat Huff, bartender for Old Nation.
Huff said that she’s met people from Kalamazoo all the way to Toledo, just to come in and try M43.
“Our customer base has changed from being around two-thirds local customers, to being around half locals and half visitors from out of town,” said Huff.
How long does it take for the beer to brew and be ready to serve to customers?
“The brewing process always depends on what kind of beer that were looking to brew,” said Matt Gwynn, Old Nation’s assistant brewer.
When a beer is being brewed, the brew day last around six to eight hours; the longest process is the settling of the beer, known as fermentation.
“Brewing an ale can take anywhere from 10 days to two weeks, and a lager can take up to a month to brew,” said Gwynn. “Again it all depends on the beer you’re brewing.”
Old Nation has a set up in the restaurant that allows customers to view the barrels and some of the brewing process.
“One of the coolest things when I go to eat at Old Nation is being able to see the guys in the back brewing the beer,” said Montana Reagan, a recent Williamston High School graduate.
“You always see people that you know when you go into eat, and the workers are always super friendly too,” said Reagan.
The interior of Old Nation is a country chic setting with the beer being the main focus of every customer’s attention.
“Hanging on the walls are all of these signs that customers have made for us,” said Huff. “The customers really care about you and treat you with respect.”
Huff said that the owner Travis Fritts and his wife are a great couple to work for and that this has been her favorite serving job.
“It’s a lot of fun coming into work and enjoying being here, our regulars make every worker feel like they’re apart of the Williamston community,” said Huff.