Frankenmuth Brewery to go back online in July

The historic Frankenmuth Brewery, a Michigan icon despite a checkered history, is scheduled to re-open in July.

Anmar K. Sarafa, chief investment officer for Birmingham-based Steward Capital Management Inc., bought the closed facility on January 30. He says he has created a management team to join Frankenmuth Brewery Real Estate and run the restaurant/brewery side of the business.

Haithem K. Sarafa, attorney and spokesman for his brother, said Sarafa expects to hire 70 to 80 full- and part-time employees from the region to work at the brewery and restaurant. He estimates a microbrewery will create up to 2,000 barrels of six to seven types of beer, including seasonal brews, in the first year of operation, and that it has the capacity to do 5,000 to 8,000 barrels.

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