Michigan chestnuts pop into new role as beer ingredient

Jul 6, 2015

There's a new beer brewing trend in Michigan: using chestnuts as an ingredient.

Various foods go in and out of style, but one that hasn’t been very popular for about a century is the chestnut. Blight wiped out nearly all the trees in the U. S. in the early 1900s, but they are making a comeback thanks to an enthusiastic bunch of growers, a number of which are located in Michigan. Not only that, Michigan’s chestnuts are going beyond the roasting fire into beer.

Current State talks with Brian Polowniak, CEO of Treeborn Products here in East Lansing.