Creston Brewery

1504 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids

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Get ready to be wowed - Grand Rapids never fails to surprise visitors with the huge variety of things to see and do here: World-renowned art, museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers. World-class golf, recreation and beaches for nature lovers. Incredible farm-to-table restaurants for foodies and wholesome "playcation" fun for families.

There’s a special connection for Creston Brewery and its home on Plainfield Avenue. Now home to the brewery, the DeKorne Furniture Showroom was built in the 1920s and was operated until the 1990s. Co-founder Molly Bouwsma-Schultz’s grandmother even worked in the building. The large building is now highlighted by its floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for plenty of natural light to grace the taproom, designed to be a great neighborhood gathering place, but is just the beginning of the Creston Brewery tale.

Before Creston went by that name it was referred to as "the bloody fifth" by locals. It earned this nickname because of an explosion of violence that occurred in the area. Gangs reportedly roamed the small section of Grand Rapids beating and robbing unsuspecting victims and the horror was eventually topped off with a grisly murder/suicide.

But the bloody fifth turned itself around! The community got together to drive the violent gangs from the streets and make their little slice of Grand Rapids into a safe and thriving zone. The area decided they needed to change their identity and so they landed on the new moniker "Creston." Now at the Creston Brewery one can find a little bit of Grand Rapids history in the beer itself with the new brew titled "the bloody fifth."

Cover Photo Credit: Bernard Spragg NZ via Flickr

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