There is big news in the world of Michigan Breweries this week as two separate transactions are about to take place, which will see new ownership to two different breweries. Marshall's own Dark Horse Brewery submitted a request to transfer the ownership of its brewing and on and off-premises licenses to the Royal Oak-based Roak Brewing Company, according to a filing with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

On the opposite side of the state, in my home area, the Auburn Hills-based Rochester Mills Production Brewery plans to have new ownership within the next 90 days. San Diego-based maker of cannabis-infused, nonalcoholic and traditional beer lines, Two Roots Brewing is expected to close the transaction within 90 days.

Aaron Morse, president of Dark Horse Brewing, said the move is a merger and the breweries' separate brands are to remain intact with no layoffs planned, as reported by WWMT. Likewise, the Rochester Mills Brewery buy out will have no affect on their well known Milkshake Stout, Rochester Red, or Pine Knob Pilsner beers. Two Roots will be taking control over the Auburn Hills-based production facility and taproom, and the Rochester Mills Beer Co., the unaffiliated brewpub in downtown Rochester, is not part of the deal and will continue to operate as a independent business with separate ownership, according to Crain's.


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