Microdistillery planned for Sebewaing

A photo of downtown Sebewaing during the middle of a recent weekday shows an area ripe for improvement. The catalyst could be a new project in the area to create a rum microdistillery. (Photo by John Cook)
A photo of downtown Sebewaing during the middle of a recent weekday shows an area ripe for improvement. The catalyst could be a new project in the area to create a rum microdistillery. (Photo by John Cook)

Thumb Rum and Brew Co. plans to build a rum microdistillery in downtown Sebewaing, in the shadows of a Michigan Sugar Co. plant, and home of the Michigan Sugar Festival.

Entrepreneur Scott Romain confirmed plans to The Advertiser Tuesday, after Sebewaing village council discussed the project briefly at its regular meeting Monday.

“I have committed to the village of Sebewaing for the location of Thumb Rum and Brew Company’s pilot plant,” Romain said. “We are early in the process and no time frame has been set.

“Everyone involved has been informed and ready to overcome the obstacles associated with this project,” he added.

Local, county, and state officials said Tuesday that they have been involved in working with Romain on the $600,000 project, expected to initially create 10 jobs.

“We’re really excited,” said Alex Khoury, president, village of Sebewaing. “They’re great people.” (Read more)

(This story originally appeared in the Jan. 18, 2017 print edition of The Tuscola County Advertiser and can be read online in its entirety here.)

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