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Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing Company plans opening in Downtown Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Another brewery is set to open in Kalamazoo.  Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing Company plans to open a location in the former Mazda showroom in downtown Kalamazoo at the corner of Michigan and Westnedge.

The 1.5-million dollar project will employ 20-25 people when it's complete, putting up a 125-seat brew house and a full kitchen.  Head brewmaster Greg "Gonzo" Haner plans to focus on using local ingredients, such as hops from HopHead Farms that he volunteered to help get their start in 2012.

Haner and Brian Hill met when they both helped to open Olde Peninsula Brew Pub.  They plan to use a 15 barrel system for production with hopes of adding a bottling line in the future.

Gonzo's BiggDogg Brewing Company is expected to open sometime in the fall of 2013.