…Tibbs Brewing Co. to close Sunday, reschedule Kalamazoo Beer Week even…

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Beer Week has not gone as planned so far at Tibbs Brewing Co.
Kevin Tibbs received a call from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Sunday morning after burst water pipes put a damper on his microbrewery at 402 S. Burdick St. When he arrived to his tasting room, it was flooded and was missing most of the ceiling. 
Tibbs said it appeared two water lines — a two-inch line and a three-quarter inch line — that run to the Kalamazoo State Theatre heater boiler above Tibbs Brewing’s ceiling had ruptured.
“It was like a waterfall going down the stairs to the basement,” Tibbs said.
It’s especially bad timing, since Kalamazoo Beer Week is one of the busiest weeks of the year for Tibbs. Kalamazoo Beer Week runs from Jan. 10 to Jan. 17 this year.
Tibbs was closed Sunday as restoration crews dried it out, which means Tibbs had to cancel his Kalamazoo Beer Week beermosas event scheduled for that day. He said Tibbs will be open at 4 p.m. Monday, and he will be serving the beermosas made of the microbrewery’s Hell-Jen Belgian Triple and carbonated orange juice.
Tibbs said when his business opens Monday, it won’t have a ceiling and will have mismatched tables. Eventually, insulation and walls will have to be replaced.
“In the short term they’re getting it ready for us,” Tibbs said of crews working Sunday evening.
Another Kalamazoo Beer Week event, a beer and barbeque paring with Q-It-Up Catering scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12 will be postponed until Friday, Jan. 16. Tibbs said anyone who has a ticket for Monday’s event who needs a refund can contact him at the microbrewery.
Tibbs said another event, 5 Shades of Pale scheduled for Friday, is tentatively still on, but that he needs to assess any damage that the fermenter room sustained.
Tibbs said the water damage was tough to see since he had essentially built everything in the business from scratch, but he said he was thankful no one was hurt.
“It’s tough but it can be rebuilt. … The beer will taste the same,” Tibbs said.
Kevin opened the downtown Kalamazoo microbrewery with his wife, Cindee, in December 2013.
Emily Monacellli covers local government and beer for the Kalamazoo Gazette. Contact her at emonacel@mlive.com or follow her on Twitter.

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