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While being shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Northern Oak Brewery at 806 N Saginaw St., in Holly, has been busy concentrating on many improvements.  Look for an improved menu, craft cocktails created from their distilled vodka and whiskey, and much more.

 When Northern Oak Brewery in Holly opened its doors in September 2015, it offered a modest selection of six craft beers. That was more than five years ago.

Soon, they will be reopening with many new features.

Ed Krupa, co-owner and president of Northern Oak Brewery said they admit that Northern Oak Brewery has had its challenges, including this most recent and current COVID-19 shutdown. Through it all, Krupa said they have always looked toward improvements and growth as a process for longevity.

Edward and Jeannie Krupa, Richard and Kathy Opatik, Bill and Margo McDaniel and Andrew Stark are all shareholders in Northern Oak Brewery. Richard Opatik is vice president and Kathy Opatik is secretary and treasurer.

Northern Oak Brewery is a manufacturer. This requires different licensing than a typical bar or restaurant. Two years ago when Northern Oak Brewery was issued a small winemakers’ license, the addition of wines, ciders and meads to the menu helped introduce a new group of customers.

With the addition of a microdistillery license, Northern Oak Brewery will again introduce another segment of the public to the atmosphere and hospitality that is uniquely Northern Oak Brewery.

The nearly yearlong application period is over. Krupa said a small still sits at the brewery and is ready to produce high quality, smooth, spirits. You won’t see Northern Oak Brewery vodka or whiskey at any store. Because we control every aspect of production from grain to glass, expect to enjoy every sip of your specialty cocktail. The plan is to blend and warehouse Northern Oak Brewery brand liquor only for “in house” craft cocktails.

When the ban on indoor dining is lifted, Krupa said Northern Oak Brewery will reopen featuring more than 20 taps of beers, wines, ciders and meads. We are excited about our craft cocktails using vodka and rye whiskey and our new food selections. “Come in for a visit and we’ll show you around,” he said.

Kathy Opatik said that during the closure, they didn’t sit and wait for a reopening. “We worked hard on the new hires and making changes that will improve our server service, our food, and our operation in general,” she said. “We want to welcome our customers back to spend time with us when we open and see what we have accomplished.”

Opatik said they are very excited to be having what they call a “Grand Re-opening.” Our plan is to open Thursday, February 11 at 25% capacity. We will be open Thursday - Sunday until the governor increases this amount.

 Please call or text Ed Krupa at (248) 892-2661 to order growlers and kegs, Monday - Wednesdays.

 “We have hired a new brewer, Kirk Bielski, who has learned from some of the best brewers in the area,” Opatik said. “He is also studying the finer points of the distilling process.”

Northern Oak Brewery also has hired a new general manager to improve their operations, food consistency, employee communication and more.

 On Valentine’s Day we will have a special menu with two seatings at 5PM and 7PM. Reservations are recommended. Check out our Facebook page and/or our website for updates and current hours as well as our Valentine’s menu. To order carryout online go to our website www.northernoakbrewery.com or call (248) 634-7515 to order. If you desire curbside service, call us when you arrive and we will bring everything to you.

Northern Oak Brewery is at 806 N. Saginaw St., Holly. Call them at (248) 634-7515.

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