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The Frey Brothers' Coldbrook Brewery was a brewery that operated in Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1872 - 1893.


The three Frey brothers, Charles, Christian, and Frederick, established the Coldbrook Brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1872.[1]  The Brewery was located on Coldbrook Street, just north of town, and likely drew water for its beer from the nearby stream of the same name.  Like most of the breweries in Grand Rapids at the time, the Coldbrook primarily brewed a type of lager beer especially favored by the city's growing German-American population.

Grand Rapids Brewing Company Consolidation

The Coldbrook Brewery operated independently until 1893, when it became one of the six breweries which consolidated to form the Grand Rapids Brewing Company.

In 1893, these six Grand Rapids Breweries consolidated to form the Grand Rapids Brewing Company.

  1. Kusterer Brewing Company's City Brewery
  2. George Brandt and Company's Union Brewery
  3. Frey Brothers' Coldbrook Brewery
  4. Veit and Rathman's Eagle Brewery
  5. Tusch Brothers' Cincinnati Brewery
  6. Adolph Goetz's National Brewery


1. Wilhelm W. Seeger.  The Braumeisters of Old Grand Rapids.  Grand River Valley Review, Volume VIII, Number 1. 1988

External Links

Michigan Breweriana Online

Grand Rapids Public Museum Collections Catalog