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Brewery News

  • Grand Opening Fest May 30th

    Hop Lot Brewing Co. Grand Opening Party! May 30th 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM Be sure to join us...
  • Job Positions Available

    Hop Lot is looking to fill beertender, beer server, bar-back, cooking positions IMMEDIATELY.  Please read job descriptions below and...
  • We’re Open!

    4.9.15 We’re excited to announce that our brewery and taproom in Suttons Bay is now open!  After 11 months of...

Beers on Tap

On Tap

Red over Red

Red IPA, 8.2

Sweet caramel malts and hops go head to head for control of this imperial Red Ale. The hops bring flavors and aromas of pine, passion fruit, peach, mango and citrus. The malts fall short and leave the sweet caramel as just an afterthought. Welcome to hop heaven.

The Norseman

Double IPA, 8.0%

Delicate malt base with a punch of citrus fruits, lemon zest, and pine.

Highway Robbery

Blonde Ale, 4.7%

A crisp, approachable, no BS beer. Whether you are cautiously exploring the depths of craft beer, or simply looking for a refreshing reward to top off the day, this beer won’t do you wrong. Slightly malty sweet with a crisp carbonated finish.

Strawberry Highway Robbery

Strawberry Blonde, 4.9%

This is our Highway Robbery laid upon 15 lbs of strawberries and conditioned for an extra week in the fermenter.

Mr. Extendo

Chocolate Espresso Stout, 6.7%

Rich American Stout aged on Cocoa Nibs and infused with a massive amount of freshly brewed espresso shots from Nella’s So Good Coffee Roasters, Empire, MI

On Deck


Jun 5, 2015

So Nuhhhmy

May 30, 2015

Rough Sawn

May 29, 2015

I Hate White Rabbits

May 26, 2015

The Little Norseman

May 29, 2015

German Hefeweizen

May 30, 2015

Our Story

Well friends, it’s time! From our first beer kit to packing our bags, we’re saying goodbye to Chicago and heading up north. We’re two brothers with a passion for consistent and fresh tasting craft beer. We can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on this Summer!

What you can expect at the brewery

  • Knowledgeable, welcoming, and friendly staff.
  • Consistent and fresh tasting craft beer year round at our taproom.
  • One-of-a-kind outdoor beer garden with an ‘Up North’ twist for your drinking pleasure.
  • On-site hop garden.
  • Free tours.
  • 10-14 taps with main stays and rotating taps.
  • Not just “hoppy” beers. Although it’s in our name, we brew all styles of beer, for all different tastes.

Looking for more? It’s all in the palm of your hand…Our blog, newsletter and other social networks are a great way to follow our progress and interact with us!

More in our Blog

Steve Lutke

Steve Lutke

Co-founder and Head Brewer/Brewery Cleanup Specialist
Mash paddle in one hand, fishing pole in the other. After spending the last 14 years in Chicago, learning to homebrew in an apartment, getting an education, and searching for a wife, he is finally ready to return to his native state, Michigan. He graduated with a B.S. in Pre-med and Movement Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has earned an Associates in Brewing Technology from the Siebel Institute of Technology/World Brewing Academy.

What you might not know: Steve is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a USA Triathlon Coach, and licensed pilot. Most importantly, he can play some crazy, awesome Meatloaf on the piano.

Drew Lutke

Drew Lutke

Co-founder and Business Operations Manager
A graduate of Western Michigan University and a well-traveled Midwesterner. After years of managing equity portfolios, a shift in the market place has led him to manage beer portfolios. Drew has finally found his calling from the North to pack his bags in Chicago and set-up-shop in Suttons Bay.

What you might not know: Drew is an artist by night with a collection of oil works ranging from landscapes, musicians and indelible Detroit sports moments. He can also play guitar and has hope of one day performing on stage with Steve and Luke at the brewery for a compilation of rock ballads.

Luke Johnson

Luke Johnson

Brewer / Research and Development
A native of Northern Michigan, Luke graduated from Central Michigan University with a Fine Arts Major and returned north. He and his wife (and 2 1/2 year old triplets) have lived in Leelanau County for the past ten years. An artist by day and an artistic brewer by night Luke has never been afraid to push the envelope on brewing creative, unique, and great tasting brews. He has been very successful in local competitions winning multiple "Peoples Choice" awards over the last three years.

What you might not know: Luke used to be a member of the band the "Luke Johnson Trio" in which he played bass and acoustic guitar. Luke also played four years of Division I basketball at Central Michigan University.


HLBC Community Membership

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We are doing this for the love of beer, and our amazing fans. Let us know if you like what we are doing, or if there is anything we can do better.

Hop Lot Brewing Co.
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Tuesday 4 PM 10 PM
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