John Svoboda

Brewmaster

Brewing is a process that intrigues many of us. It's something we are all familiar with but few understand well. However brewing at its core is a primary act. You need only a desire to do it yourself. Curious cooks, gardeners, and bread bakers all make successful brewers. Nearly everyone I've known that brews beer practices at least one of those hobbies. Pro and home brewers like to do the basics. That's how it started with me anyway. A long time ago a friend of mine gave me a beer. It was really good. I asked him what kind it was and he told, "Mine, I made it". That was 1986. I started making beer the next week. Several years later while teaching High School science I got a part time bar tending job in Michigan’s first brew-pub. As you would expect, business was brisk and I helped out in the brewery, 5 years later, our head brewer moved on so I took over.

Our industry has seen a lot in those 20 years. It wasn't that long ago when we all knew each other by first name. You could fit every brewer in the state around a small bar in Flint. We started the Michigan Brewer's Guild there. Today, it has 120 member breweries and growing weekly. We're 4th in the nation. Our trade employs thousands of people. There were 800 beers available at the Michigan summer beer festival. Locally we have 17 breweries all with tap rooms. Show me a bar with no Michigan beer and I'll show you an empty bar. Grand Rapids is beer city USA two years in a row. Stores can't keep up with demand. I've seen bill Boards. Where does it end? The good is it doesn't. We have challenges like any other business. Many of them are out of our control. But fundamentally craft beer is the people who drink it and support it. It's not about brewers or breweries. It's you the craft beer drinker. More specifically, it's the local craft beer drinker.

Cheers,
Brewmaster John
Austin Cook
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Austin Cook
Line Cook

Austin is a fan of all kinds of music. Has a passion for cooking and people. He does finger paintings on his days off.
Sarah Jameson
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Sarah Jameson
Server/Bartender

Sarah enjoys traveling and good conversation. Sarah is always geared to get to know people and is the kind of person who is willing to share a candy bar.
Mandi Pasanski
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Mandi Pasanski
Manager

Mandi, also known as Pea is a sweet soul who enjoys expressing her creativity in a number of ways, on canvas, through music, and puts passion into anything that she does.
Ryan Koster
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Ryan Koster
Server

Ryan is an excellent artist and has contributed to our chalk art dedication to the knowledge of beer! He enjoys jelly doughnuts and is a popcorn making machine.
Dustin Dexter
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Dustin Dexter
Lead Chef

Dustin has a way with children, has fallen in love with every woman he's met named Kristin, cares about the environment, and loves salad.
Joe Buth
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Joe Buth
Server

Joe is not only the man people go to to get things from high shelves, he is a quick learner, excellent photographer, and funny guy.
Tom Jachulski
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Tom Jachulski
Server, Trainer

Tom enjoys music in all capacities, he has even played piano since the age of 8. Art is his favorite form of communication, which is why he works in the food and beverage industry.
Alex Dubois
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Alex Dubois
Lead Bartender

Alex is a craft beer enthusiast. He enjoys people and marketing. Has a bold passion for fruit loops and fanny packs.
Kendra McCloth
B.O.B.'s Brewery

Kendra McCloth
Server

Kendra plays ping pong, bowls, and plays pool better than any man woman or child.
B.O.B.'s Brewery
B.O.B.'s Brewery

LOCATION

20 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.356.2000


HOURS

Sun - Wed: Closed
Thu: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Fri: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Sat: 5:00pm - 12:00am