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Martinson, who opened the business in January. A friendly, energetic thirty-something sporting a newsboy cap, Martinson talks rapidly and enthusiastically about the subject he knows well: beer. It'll be about two and a half weeks until customers can sample this batch, he says, as he explains the brewing process. Meanwhile, he's got about a half-dozen types of beer listed on the giant chalkboard by the bar, and they've been going fast.

Since the opening, "it's been steady," he says. "We already have some regulars." Martinson, an experienced home brewer who formerly worked at an Ann Arbor biotech firm, generated a fan base of nearly 2,000 people on Facebook after sharing his idea of opening a pub and brewery in Chelsea. It helped that many locals knew his wife, Aubrey, the former executive director of Chelsea Center for the Arts, who now handles bookkeeping for the business. With five silent partners, a Small Business Administration loan, the backing of hundreds of founding members (their beer mugs, handmade by Albion potter Ken Shenstone, line the shelves by the bar), and after four years of planning, the dream of having their own business is a reality.

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