Arcadia: A region or scene characterized by idyllic quiet and simplicity and offering environs of paradisal beauty conducive to carefree bliss and simple pleasures.
Arcadia Brewing Company: A microbrewery and brewpub offering a carefree atmosphere, comfortable accommodations and traditional English ales—all conducive to carefree bliss and simple pleasures.
A few quaffs of the brews we’ve sent you from the Arcadia Brewing Company and you’ll understand the peaceful joy represented in their name. Established in 1996 as a microbrewery specializing in British-style ales, this brewery has striven to create great beers in small batches using traditional, centuries-old European brewing and serving techniques. Located in the Historic District of Downtown Battle Creek, Michigan, in a two-story brick building that dates back to 1930, the facility screams Great Britain—from the handmade English pub style sign that hangs over their door to their authentic 25 barrel Peter Austin Brewery. They even serve beer using traditional beer engines which pull the brew from casks stored in Michigan’s only dedicated cask-conditioned ale cellar!
One of the few features that doesn’t holler “UK Baby, Yeah!” is their wood fired Vaolriani oven imported directly from Naples, Italy. Which makes good sound sense to us—beer making inspired by England, a center of ale-based culture, and food made in the tradition of Naples… Enough said (well, plus the fact that the Brits aren’t exactly praised for their culinary expertise). As their only cooking device, practically everything served at the restaurant (named “TC’s Wood-Fired Fare”) spends at least a few moments in the oven, searing in delectable smoked flavor. If you’ve never enjoyed pizza made in a wood-burning oven, get yourself over to Arcadia and be amazed!
Founding board member and former President of the Michigan Brewers Guild, Timothy Suprise knows a thing or two about beer. Turns out he’s got a pretty good business sense as well. Starting the Arcadia Brewing Company in an area ideally situated between Detroit and Chicago was one smart move. Founding a brewery as well as a restaurant was another, providing an arrangement that fosters brand loyalty and growth by combining a unique on-premises experience.
In addition to brewing with authentic British equipment, Arcadia uses only the finest malted barley imported direct from England, as well as the freshest hops from the famed hop-growing regions in the USA’s Pacific Northwest. Combine these elements with their legendary Ringwood yeast from the fountain of yeast that is the Ringwood Brewery in England, and you’ve got a recipe for some of the best and freshest handcrafted ales available on either side of the pond.
2005 looks to be a good year for the brewery, with big plans in the works. According to President and founder Tim Suprise, they are eager to debut a new beer in the 1st quarter of 2005 called Imperial IPA and are also making their Gold Medal winning London Porter available year round beginning this month!
For more information about the brewery, restaurant or scheduled tours, call (269) 963-9520 (Restaurant: (269) 963-9690), or visit their website at www.arcadiabrewingcompany.com.