10B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, October 17, 2002
The Michigan Daily- Weekend Magazine -
Leopold's expands its niche
By David Ende
Weekend Food and Drink Critic
Todd Leopold graduated from
Georgetown University with philoso-
phy and literature degrees, but took a
decidedly different course of study for
~ Eschewing a masters, Leopold went to
the Siebel Institute of Technology in
Chicago, where he learned to brew beer.
That led to further study at the Doemen's
Brewer's Academy in Munich, Germany,
and an apprenticeship in the same city.
"I get crap all the time from my par-
ents:' the 32-year-old brewmaster says.
Leopold and his brother, 34-year-old
Scott Leopold, opened Leopold Bros.
Brewery (523 S. Main St.) in 1999.
The establishment is unique in purport-
ing to be the world's only ecologically
sustainable brewery, offering beers
brewed only from organic materials
imported from Germany. (Ecologist
Aldo Leopold is a distant relative of
the brothers.) But Todd downplays the
organic aspect of the brewery.
"It seems people don't really care that
much, but we do it anyways. It's the right
thing to do," Todd says.
In any case, it would be unfair to sug-
gest the appeal of Leopold Bros. lies sole-
ly in the owners' commitment to being
forward-thinking. The space itself is com-
fortable, (Leopold's is by far the easiest
bar on campus in which to strike up a
conversation with someone you've never
met) with the bulk of the seating being
long, picnic-style tables. Most of the fur-
niture is used; a few couches in the mid-
dle of the room give the bar an
atmosphere of being in a really big living
room. There is an outdoor beer garden
with plants the Leopolds grew. They
stocked the jukebox themselves, and it
was Todd's idea to offer board games.
"People light up when they see a game
they haven't seen in 10 years,"he says.
Theme nights, ranging from movies on
Mondays to flip night - guess the coin
toss correctly and get half off your beer
- on Thursdays, also keep people com-
ing back. And there's beer. Really good
beer. The kind most people don't know
they like until they've tried it.
"Unfiltered lagers are disappearing in
Germany, let alone America. There's
nothing like it," Todd says. "We started
bottling a few months ago. We just started
offering our stuff to restaurants this
Leopold's experienced its busiest day
to date Saturday and Todd has plans to
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introduce a new beer, a golden lager
intended for service in restaurants, at the
end of the month.
"I'm here about 80 hours a week. I'm
the only one who does the brewing....
It's a fairly technical process, and I won't
be letting anybody else do it for a long
time," Todd says.
People he graduated with at the Siebel
Institute are now brewers for Budweiser,
Heineken and other manufacturers. Com-
puters and analytical lab equipment meas-
ure whether beer is ready in such settings,
at Leopold Bros., you have to trust Todd.
"It's all experience. You taste the raw
materials, you taste the beer, you taste the
water," he says.
Building that trust might be the tough-
Michigan is "a very blue collar state,
and it's hard to get people away from
Budweiser. It's too bad, you see a lot of
people just getting suckered by mass mar-
keting. ... It's definitely targeted to the
After a discussion on how lagers differ
from other types of beers (they are heav-
ier and brewed at a lower temperature) the
conversation returns to the ecological side
"Everything here is sustainable,"
The bar is constructed from old doors
and the tables, some bearing scorch marks
under the finish, were castoffs from nearby
Fingerle Lumber after a fire there.
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