It’s A Bat
Our story begins with a Bat. Instead of seeing the Bat as a symbol we should fear, we trusted our bat to be a symbol of re-birth, intuition, dreaming and vision. Bats are nurturing and in tune to the sensitivity of others within their group.
Bats are the Guardian of the Night.
Bats are the symbol of the end of a way of life and the start of another.
Trust your instincts, follow your bat.
In 2010, like many others in Michigan, we lost our jobs.
Both of us. At the same time.
We had just welcomed our first baby into the world.
The job market was terrible.
Money was running out.
One night, a bat flew into our living room, what we now can see as a positive omen. It was shortly after that we scraped every last penny together and took a gamble on our dreams. Being unemployed and getting an SBA loan was hard, most said it would be impossible.
We fought, and we made it.
We take pride in the craft we have a passion for. Being a gathering place and giving back is a huge part of who we are and a symbol of our gratitude for the community that embraces and supports us. Everything is connected.
Luck brought us our Bat and it is our mission to spread the symbol of the Bat onto you.
Thank you for indulging in our dreams, sharing our visions and most of all, for keeping us happily employed.
Ryan & Erin
For the Love of Beer
It was love at first sight for Ryan and Erin Cottongim. When they found the used “Mr. Beer” homebrewing kit at a garage sale in 2004, the South Lyon couple began a passionate, years-long affair that has now resulted in the birth of a bouncing baby brewery: Witch’s Hat Brewing Co., originally located at 22235 Pontiac Trail (about 15 miles north of Ann Arbor), openened December 26 2011.
The project was born not only out of a mutual enthusiasm for craft beer but also from a love of community, a love that made the decision about where to locate a no-brainer.
“We both grew up in South Lyon, went to school here, got married here; this is definitely home,” says Ryan. “It’s great to be able to create something new in this little town that’s treated us so well over the years.”
The name of the brewery itself comes from a South Lyon landmark: a one-hundred-year-old train depot called the Witch’s Hat after its conical design. It stands in nearby McHattie Park, where Ryan and Erin exchanged wedding vows in 2007.
“That area is kind of the downtown of South Lyon, and it obviously has a spot in our hearts,” says Ryan. “We figured what better way to showcase the town than with this name?”
The Here the Now and the Future
From miniscule beginnings of the 36 person bar, to a more modern setup. The Tap Room more than triple in size and gave the brewery the space to grow with our amazing community's demand. Witch's Hat moved to the new 601 S. Lafayette location and opened our new doors to the public on November 15th, 2014.
With the new 15bbl brewhouse and room to expand with an ever growing collection of fermentors and all sorts of wooden barrels, Witch's Hat is poised to continue to be a player in the SE Michigan Craft Scene.
Deeply devoted to their mug club members and community, Witch's hat supports a wide variety of charities and has developed programs to reward their loyal followers from special events to special bottle releases of barrel aged treats!
Newly started experiments with sour aging and state of the art hop infusion techniques are sure to keep us at the forefront of Craft Beer and keep expectant mouths watering.
With Distribution through our Partners at Rave Associates we hope to supply all the Witch's Hat beer the great restaurants and bars of SE Michigan desire.
Media, Charity and Awards
Witch’s Hat has created 25 jobs and put South Lyon on the map for craft beer lovers. After 3 years, the company outgrew its original location, moving to a larger 10,000-square-foot-building that alllowed for increased seating and production.
Witch’s Hat is also committed to being a part of the community with more than $60,000 donated to local charities, including The Humane Society of Huron Valley (currently sponsors 4 cages with proceeds from Edward's Portly Brown Ale), Gleaners Food Bank, American Cancer Society, Wigs for Kids, Blessings in a Backpack and more.
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