Kuhnhenn Brewing Company was founded in 1998, selling homebrew supplies out of the family hardware store. A Microbrewery License was granted in 2001 and brothers – Bret and Eric (who began brewing their own beer in college) began selling their beer by the pint and growler out of the Warren brewery. Loonie Kuhnie Pale Ale, the first beer produced by the brothers, continues to be a fan favorite and top seller, alongside their flagship DRIPA.
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is consistently ranked in the top breweries in the world on beer rating websites Beer Advocate and RateBeer. They are known both for their high-gravity experimental beers, as well as their accurate interpretations of traditional styles.
In 2012 Kuhnhenn was awarded a Gold Medal in the IPA category at the World Beer Cup for DRIPA (Double Rice IPA), the largest category entered and one typically dominated by large West Coast breweries. Kuhnhenn Braggot (a mead/beer hybrid) also took home a Bronze Medal in the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.
In 2014, Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is expanding into a full-scale production and packaging facility, located at 36000 Groesbeck Hwy in Clinton Township. The approximately 40,000 square foot building will be divided into production, cellaring, packaging and cold storage, in addition to a tasting room and administrative offices.
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild (MiBeer).