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'Beerpreneur' Hops on Opportunity to Open Brewery in Dearborn

John Rucinski says he doesn't plan to just dabble in brewing craft beer. Instead, he wants his planned Dearborn brewery to be a full-time gig.

Dearborn's first brewery could open by summer if John Rucinski's plans work out as scheduled. (Patch file photo)
Dearborn's first brewery could open by summer if John Rucinski's plans work out as scheduled. (Patch file photo)

Dearborn will soon have more to cheer – or say “cheers” – about:  Dearborn Brewing should open this summer. When it does, John Rucinski’s dream will come true.

Rucinski told The Press & Guide that he has been making his own beer for a decade and has been toying with the idea of turning it into a commercial enterprise for “a while.”

Rucinski, 43, is a Dearborn High School graduate and is currently working at Nissan North America in Farmington Hills. One of his managers is a home brewer and he thought it sounded like a fun hobby He made his first batch of beer in 2000.

“It didn’t turn out so well,” he admitted.

But he invested in better equipment, practiced the art of brewing and advanced to the point that judges at competitions took notice, including those at the 2003 National Homebrew Competition who gave him a bronze medal.

He took the Siebel Brewing Institute course on brewery planning and now he’s ready to commercialize his hobby in 2,450-square-foot space at 21930 Michigan Ave.

He hopes the venture will be successful enough that he can quit his day job.

“This isn’t something I'm going into to toy around,” he told the newspaper. “This is going to be a my real job.”

Locating in Dearborn is a nod to his hometown.

“I love this city and I want to do something fun and different here,” he said.
Mary Sheridan April 25, 2014 at 08:13 AM
I hope this works out!
Kristen Pfeifer April 26, 2014 at 03:44 PM
I do too. Now that Howells has burned down there really isn't much left in Dearborn. I also say re-build Howells and keep the cook, he was great. Best Fish Frys in town and great burgers too.
Kristen Pfeifer April 26, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Actually bring back the whole team at Howells-they were great!! Good luck on the brewery. I'll be there to show my support! Dearborn needs a make over.
DearbornGuy April 27, 2014 at 08:35 PM
Good luck!

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