The History of Barn Brewers
Barn Brewers Brewery was born from the love of beer. Well, actually, it all started with the idea of growing hops on the family farm. Could it be done? Do hops and grapes get along? Fortunately, the answer was yes! The hops loved the farm – they grew tall, wide and had handsome buds.
A few months later, it was time for the first harvest and time to decide what to do with fresh hops. The next logical step – brew some beer! A brew station was built and a screened in porch was turned into a home brewery. The first batch was underway. Within a few weeks, it was time for a taste and that’s when brewing beer became a passion. Brewing became an every other weekend project and each batch of beer was better than the last. Luckily, the friendly beer critics who stopped by every weekend, really enjoyed the unique tastes and recipes — the supply was not keeping up with the demand.
So, we decided it was time to work together and introduce some really, really good beer to the community! The dream of owning a brewery has come true! After a lot of hard work, a few bumps in the road, and some good fortune, the time has come to open our doors to you. We hope you enjoy our beer as much as we enjoy brewing it.
About the Owners
Brad Harrison – Brad was born and raised on a family farm with horses, beef cattle and chickens near Caledonia, MI. He is a graduate of Michigan State University. In 1994, Brad and his family moved to Lawton for a career opportunity. He has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years and is a senior officer for a large regional bank. Brad and his wife reside in Mattawan and have two adult children.
Dan Kolenko – Dan was born in Coloma, MI. His studies in Industrial Marketing brought him to Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University. Dan has enjoyed a long career in Sales Engineering/Project Management in the Contract Manufacturing field. Dan has lived in Mattawan for 26 years with his wife and son.
Jeff Kellogg – Jeff was born and raised in Coldwater, MI. He attended Ferris State University where he majored in criminal justice and graduated in 1983. He has been a Major League Umpire since 1993. Jeff lives in Mattawan with his wife and three kids.
Matt Stevens – Matt was born and raised on a family farm in Mattawan where they harvested grapes and tart cherries. He graduated from Mattawan High School in 1982 and married his high school sweetheart in 1985. Matt was an electrician at a local electrical company for 28 years and is now pursuing his dream of opening a brewery. He still lives in Mattawan with his wife, two kids and two labrador retrievers.