It is the day after Memorial Day weekend and I turn off of I-94 onto the main street of Sawyer, Michigan to behold a construction zone. It is mid-morning and dozens of people are on the street already. Customers are streaming into Sawyer Home and Garden Center and leaving with carloads of vegetables, enriched soil and flowering plants. Gigantic dump trucks are barreling down the street and cars packed with trailers on the back packed with antiques gingerly nose their way onto the thoroughfare. And INFUSCO Coffee Roasters, a new micro-beanery in downtown is at the center of this busy and noisy morning. And here comes the person I’m meeting with an iced coffee drink, so I get in line and leave with the next wave and a big, bold and fresh-tasting latte and a 12-ounce bag of freshly ground Sumatra Mandheling Dark Roast.
And I’m remembering a similarly exciting day on the same street several years ago, that happened to be the day before Greenbush opened – it was a Thursday in early June --- when I was similarly blown away when I sampled Red Bud and a few others on the off chance that the small storefront brewery would do all right. Of course, you may have heard that Greenbush has done all right. The brewery is working on an expanded space, and, of course, more parkling. The way it looked the other day they could use underground or at least a mutli-tiered lot. (I’m kidding, but Sawyer has come to life this year.) Pre-construction zone, pre-brewery, pre-micro-roast, the times have definitely changed.