Who Are We?

Who Are We?

North Pier Brewing Company is proud to make craft beer in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Our taproom and outdoor beer garden is located less than one mile from Lake Michigan and on tap, we have a rotating list of hand-crafted beers with a focus on innovative Belgian and European inspired ales & lagers.

North Pier Brewing Company was created out of a passion for craft beer and a love for the local community. Jay and his wife Jordan, grew up in the area, and are thrilled to not only raise three kids here, but also create a business that they are so excited about.

Jay fell in love with craft beer and the culture surrounding it, and decided to jump right into the industry after graduating from business school. He knew he needed professional help and found the perfect match in Head Brewer Steve Distasio. Steve had just moved back to the U.S. after finishing brewing school in the U.K and jumped at the chance to join a start-up and lead the brewing side of the business. From there, weekly test batches, licensing applications, and construction dominated their lives.

What We're About

What We're About

From a taproom perspective, we want to create a third place – that unique, go-to location that is neither your home nor workplace – where friends can gather after a long day and socialize with a good beer in hand. Whether you want to spend your free time chatting with our bartenders or crushing your best friend in shuffleboard, you’ll be able to relax in a comfortable environment.

From a beer perspective, we want to create high-quality, interesting beers with a particular focus on Belgian-inspired ales. Why Belgian beer? We love the vast range and individuality of the beers, and we are excited to add our own flare. Each style can be polar opposites of one another, and often beers within the same style may be wildly different. Historically, Belgian brewers have never been ones to brew within specific guidelines, and beers often changed with the seasonality of ingredients. Style guidelines were, more or less, implemented as a way for drinkers in the export markets to understand exactly what they were drinking. Do not be surprised if a golden light bodied, easy drinking beer ends up having an alcohol content well above 8%. It is about quality, not quantity here.



  • Jay Fettig
  • Ryan Leffert
  • Mikey G.
  • Josh Schermerhorn
  • Dirk Sorrells
  • Brian Liggett
  • James Bryant
  • Sophie Phillips


  • Steve Distasio
  • Joey Wolf