By Tim Kowols
As the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator slowly gets dismantled and prepares for a move across the Sturgeon Bay canal, Ryan Schabach’s brewery dream begins to rebuild. Schabach first presented his idea to turn the granary into a brewery back in 2015, but a proposal from Titletown Brewing Company and Smet Construction was chosen over his. Things have changed, not only for the current Lakefront Brewery employee, but the status of the people he was planning on bringing aboard and the building itself. Schabach says as events unfolded, he would ask for status updates from Sturgeon Bay Community Development Director Marty Olejniczak and the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society just to keep in touch. Now he is spending time getting things back on track.
Schabach will be in Sturgeon Bay in two weeks to have more conversations with the city and the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society, but believes there are still more hurdles for the two sides to take care of before his venture can take off.