Crafted in MI

The current situation with the COVID-19 virus has impacted many people and their ability to earn a living. We’re heartbroken to see the effect this is having on the artist community, especially those close to us in Michigan. And we want to do something to help. We’ve been using our social media platforms to help promote the artists that are most affected by this, whether they are musicians, craftspeople or food-makers – especially those that rely on retail sales, markets and touring to stay afloat.

Over the next several weeks (or months, whatever it takes), we’ll continue to share some of our favorite Michigan-based craftspeople with the goal of bringing awareness to their business and driving support when they need it most.

Below is a list of craftspeople that we’ve been in contact with that could use any and all support possible. Please consider purchasing an item, downloading an album, grabbing a coffee or whatever it might be to keep these craftspeople’s businesses open. We know if any community can bring the support, it’s you, the beer fans!

For MI-based makers who’d like to be considered for a feature, please reach out to social@foundersbrewing.com.

Great Lakes Roasting Co. – They provide responsibly-grown coffee from around the world to the people of Detroit and beyond.

Solstice Handmade – Hand-printed artwork, textiles, murals and design inspired by nature.

Beer City Dog Biscuits – Grand Rapids-based nonprofit provides vocational training and meaningful employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the creation of all-natural, oven baked dog treats

Lazy Genius – A rock & roll band from Grand Rapids, MI.

Nature of the Dog – A locally-owned and operated pet care service that offers daycare, boarding and dog walking

Arsenal Handicraft – A husband and wife artist team who create original illustrations and screenprint them by hand in their basement studio.

Michigan Music Alliance – They seek to provide the Michigan music community with business education programming and rich community-building experience.

Brambles Woodwork – A Grand Rapids-based woodworker who creates one-of-a-kind and highly unique earrings.

Hopscotch Children’s Store – a Grand Rapids-based children’s store owned and operated by Emily and her husband, Mark.

The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra – The house band for Detroit’s annual Theatre Bizarre event. Rooted in Detroit’s burlesque, rock & roll, jazz, and vaudeville culture.

Mokaya – A Grand Rapids family-owned artisanal chocolate and confections business.

Rich and Maple – A Zeeland-based candle maker that offers 100% natural coconut wax candles.

Grand Rapids Ballet – Lifting the human spirit through the art of dance for nearly 50 years.

Mongers Provisions -A specialty grocery store focusing on cheese, chocolate, charcuterie and more located in Midtown Detroit and Ferndale in the Rust Belt Market.

Woosah Outfitters -A naturally inspired art and apparel brand. The designs and drive behind Woosah revolve largely around woodcuts and the outdoors.

The Brandino Extravaganza -A Grand Rapids, MI-based musician known for his one-man- band process.

Red Hydrant Press -A Grand Rapids, MI-based printmaker with over 20 years of experience.  Her work is inspired by her concern for the environment, social justice and climate.

Natural Selections Studio – A Haslett MI-based artist and woodturner that exclusively uses reclaimed wood to make pieces that are fully functional and sublime.

Randi Ford Flow Painting – A Grand Rapids-based contemporary landscape painter who is inspired by the beauty and spirit that exists within nature.

Nantucket Baking Co. – A Grand Rapids MI-based baking company that specializes in artisan breads and pastries.

Baily & James –  A West Michigan-based company that specializes in floral, home and gift.

Nicholas James Thomasma –  A Grand Rapids, MI-based singer-songwriter and Earthwork Music artist.

Steve Leaf – A Grand Rapids, MI-based musician.

Nicolaides Knives – A Metro Detroit-based bladesmith who makes custom kitchen knives.

Culinary Combo Bakery – A family-owned metro Detroit-based bakery that has been serving the community with their delicious creations since 1989.

Eric Strader Pottery – A studio potter based in Plainwell, MI. Eric works full time from the studio on his farm where he makes functional stoneware pottery.

MOCAD – They are a non-collecting contemporary art museum located in Detroit’s cultural center.

Rebel Nell – A Detroit based social enterprise that creates graffiti jewelry that empowers women.

Hilary Berens – An acrylic artist based out of Cedar Springs, MI. Her artwork is full of texture, metallics, mixed media and blended bright colors that create abstract and floral images.

Arvon Brewing Co. – A Grand Rapids-based brewery. Arvon started in 2017, with a focus on flavor-forward beers such as New England style IPA’s, heavily fruited sours and bold stouts.

Mercy Supply – A Grand Rapids-based shop that makes timeless bags, leather goods, clothing and more.

Rockford Brewing – A brewery based in Rockford, MI nestled just north of Grand Rapids on the Rogue River that has been serving up great beer since 2012.

Speciation Artisan Ales – A Comstock Park, MI-based brewery. They are a World Beer Cup silver medal-winning producer of progressive styles of sour beer, natural wine and seltzer.

Any Coulor You Like – Michigan’s only [Proper Made] pop supplier. Their focus is on making interesting flavours, with the perfect texture while utilizing the best local, sustainable and organic ingredients.

Dutcher Snedeker – A Grand Rapids, MI-based pianist with a long history of performance. From an early age, he was surrounded by different music styles that continue to inspire his multi-faceted interest in music.

Esan Sommersell – a Grand Rapids, MI-based acrylic artist. For Esan making is living. Sommersell’s paintings remind us that what we see, hear, touch and taste cannot be separated from what we feel.

Desiree Kelly – An award-winning artist and a native of Detroit, MI. She’s best known for her work as Detroit’s premier portrait painter with her distinctive mixture of “street art” and traditional oil technique.

Ryan Crawley – A Grand Rapids, MI-based painter. For Ryan, it’s about capturing the energy in everyday life that gets overlooked and converting that into expressive brushstrokes and color fields.

City Built Brewing Company – A Grand Rapids, MI-based brewery. Making the strange familiar and the familiar fresh. Food inspired by our Puerto Rican heritage – tacos, jibaritos and mofongo.

Louise Jones, also known as 0uizi – A muralist and painter based in Detroit, MI. Her work focuses on flowers, plants, and, occasionally, their pollinators. She has created works for many civic projects throughout the US, along with museums such as the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

Brewery Vivant – A Grand Rapids, MI-based brewery. They promote living the good life by brewing farmhouse-inspired beer, serving a from-scratch menu and building a sustainable community for all, one beer at a time.⁠

Hop Lot Brewing Co. – Hop Lot has been offering an outdoor brewery experience since 2015. Featuring a 3/4 acre year-round beer garden that lets you enjoy the beauty of northern Michigan, with plenty of space to spread out.

Adorned Smithing Co. – Is a handcrafted jewelry shop run by Emerson Graves, who uses sterling silver to create one of a kind adornments.

Lost Timber Woodwork – Bill Wiegandt is a custom woodworker based out of Grand Rapids, MI. Lost Timber offers a full line of ready-to-ship residential and commercial products along with an ever-increasing array of custom work.

Retr0sun Vintage – A vintage clothing store in Grand Rapids, MI with the mission of teaching people to become more sustainable.

Trail Point Brewing Company – A microbrewery located in Allendale, Michigan started by three passionate homebrewers.

Find Sweet Joy Cookies – MI-based custom cookie-maker.

Robinette’s Apple Haus – Established in 1911, Robinette’s Orchard has been a West Michigan staple for over 100 years.

Bees in the D – Educating on the importance of pollinators & honeybees while building a network of urban honeybee hives, in Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

Leaf Me Plant Boutique – Helping people grow by affirming self care using houseplants.

Sweet Batches – GR-based wholesale bakery believing that less is more.

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3 Comments on “Crafted in MI”
  1. George Bessler

    Your All Day IPA is by far my go to drink either in a lazy afternoon , social function , definitely on tap or I guess any time!

  2. We would love if you would include the Michigan Folk School in your fantastic line-up. We are a school of folk craft located on the beautiful Staebler Farm County Park in Ann Arbor. We teach classes ranging from bladesmithing to shoemaking.

    • Founders Brewing Co.

      Send us an email to social@foundersbrewing.com with a short bio, a call to action and some photos for consideration. We get a lot of requests for features so we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to highlight you but we are always taking requests.