Brewery: Salt Springs Brewery (Saline, MI)

It seems like it was only yesterday when I first had a beer from Salt Springs Brewery. I wasn’t in their taproom though. I was in Detroit at the Detroit Fall Beer Fest.

Darting around sheep in line for another brewery’s Skittles-infused variant of a NEIPA, I noticed a small line forming at Salt Springs’s booth, so I headed over to see what was up. I gave the Cashmere Zeppelin a try and was blown away! I was so blown away that I named it my favorite of the festival in my review of the event.

Fast forward to my recent visit to Salt Springs Brewery, Cashmere Zeppelin was the first to touch my palette upon arrival and it is just as tasty and unique as when I first had it.

Salt Springs Brewery is located in downtown Saline in a former Methodist Episcopal Church that was built in 1899. When homebrewers Mark Zadvinskis, Ed Brosius, and Ron Schofield were looking for a space to open their own brewery, they sought an “inspiring space.”

Photo: Salt Springs Brewery

After touring strip malls and other spaces, the former church became available and the inspiring space was theirs. During construction and renovations of the space, they kept the stained glass windows, reused the doors to make the paneling around the bar, and transformed the choir loft into a kitchen. Salt Springs Brewery opened in the summer of 2015 and is a beautiful location for anyone to appreciate, especially if you like beer.

Tons of natural light through the stained glass seem inspiring to me!

Speaking of beer, Ed Brosius is the head brewer at Salt Springs. His unique take on brewing and crafting beer stems from his background as a metallurgist. If you’re like me and have not clue what that is, according to EnvironmentalScience.org, a metallurgist is a scientist who specializes in metals such as steel, iron, copper, and aluminum. They often work with alloys to create materials with specific and desirable properties. With of this knowledge, Ed pays particular attention to the water chemistry for each beer. Most of the beers on tap are traditional, true to style, European beers.

I gave every single one of these a try. Cashmere Zeppelin is still my favorite, but the Czech’s Mix and Big Brown Bunny Porter were tied for second.
Ed can pour a mean black and tan using the Old Miner ESB and the Salt Paddy’s Dry Irish Stout.

Ed’s right hand man, Tyler Roberts, recently returned to the area after studying at Central Michigan University. He is excited to be learning from Ed’s infinite wisdom and is just as passionate about Salt Springs Brewery’s product and place in the craft beer scene.

At this time, Salt Springs Brewery self distributes to local bars and golf courses in Saline and Ann Arbor, sells crowlers in house, and is available at Tippins Market. If you like brewery tours, there are tours for sale on Groupon.

If you’re unable to make the trek to Saline anytime soon, check out Salt Springs Brewery at a Michigan Brewers Guild festival, but I would highly encourage you to make your way to Saline to check out this wonderful brewery with amazing beers! The team at Salt Springs Brewery are welcoming, kind, and very hospitable. Keep an eye out for that mustache, too. Ed is always around to talk beer with patrons.






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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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