In the world of craft-brewing, it’s hard to stand apart from the crowd; but Aberrant Ales, a brand new brewery opening in downtown Howell, plans to do just that with unique brews, brick-oven pizza, and artisan sandwiches and salads. Aberrant Ales has designed a warm and comfortable atmosphere that complements the historic-style beer. The public is invited to try the new brewery for themselves on Thursday, Nov. 16, following an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“After over two years of hard work, dedication, and a passion for brewing outstanding beer, my family and I are excited to finally open our doors to the town that welcomed us,” said Aberrant founder Clark Gill. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Howell downtown community and can’t wait to welcome people into our brewery.”
Beginning as a brainstorm over a campfire, Aberrant Ales grew as most breweries do, from a garage with a home-brewing system. A few short years later, it took off from there. Gill started looking for the perfect location, and after scouting several buildings in Howell, Aberrant Ales was born.
“When Clark walked into my office more than two years ago, it was immediately evident that he had not only a strong vision and passion for beer, but a vision for a community that offered a strong sense of place and something as original as his brews,” said Howell DDA Executive Director Cathleen Edgerly. “During our time working together, I became just as excited and dedicated to making his vision a reality in downtown Howell. Our town is lucky to have not only this new business, but an amazing transformed space that will welcome residents and visitors for years to come. Aberrant Ales fits perfectly within our goal to develop a strong, vibrant downtown with a diverse business mix that positions downtown Howell as a destination.”
The Howell Main Street and DDA Office assisted Gill in securing the location and, along with the city, provided counsel to Aberrant Ales on financing options, as well as environmental clean-up of the historic building that the brewery now calls home.
Aberrant Ales will open at 219 W. Grand River Ave in downtown Howell with a minimum of six beers on tap, and small plates that perfectly pair with its one-of-a-kind brews. Regular business hours for the brewery are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.