Rochester Mills brewery sold to California brewer; cannabis beer coming to Michigan – Detroit Free Press


Beers offered by California’s Two Roots Brewing Co. and Michigan’s Rochester Mills Beer Co. Two Roots Brewing is acquiring Rochester Mills as of Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo: Two Roots Brewing Company)

Metro Detroit brewer Rochester Mills Production Brewery, known for craft beers such as its Milkshake Stout, is being acquired by a California-based brewer that will bring its cannabis-infused beer to Michigan.

Two Roots Brewing Co. will expand its products and brand into Michigan with its acquisition of Auburn Hills’ Rochester Mills Production Brewery, Two Roots announced Tuesday.

Rochester Mills, founded in 2012, offers brews like its Original Milkshake Stout, the Juice Bigalow NEIPA and its Rochester Red Ale at more than 1,000 taps in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Canada. The company’s products and their availability won’t change with the acquisition, according to Two Roots. 

“It’s important to note that there will be no changes to the Rochester Mills leadership and brewing team or the availability of the incredible beverage products we produce,” Two Roots said in a statement. “Their ability to drive the Rochester Mills business forward is key to the expansion of the Two Roots Brewing Co. brand.

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Two Roots makes traditional and non-alcoholic beers, but has recently begun offering several cannabis-infused non-alcoholic craft brews in California and Nevada. 

While Two Roots will start brewing its traditional and non-alcoholic beers at Rochester Mills’ brewery, the cannabis process won’t be as straightforward. 

The Rochester Mills Production Brewery will create the non-alcoholic beer that’s the base for the cannabis beer, but will then ship the brew to licensed cannabis manufacturers in the area, which will infuse and sell the beer.

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