About The Business

Established in the spring of 2012, The Filling Station Microbrewery is a family owned and operated business, dedicated to providing friendly and knowledgeable service and the highest quality of hand crafted brews and edibles.  Located just off the TART Trail in the historic railroad district, the Filling Station Microbrewery features a rotating list of at least 10 craft beers, which pair perfectly with our wood-fired flatbreads and fresh salads.  Whether on your own, meeting friends or with your family, patrons of all ages feel welcomed in our casual pub-style setting.   You’ll enjoy views of Boardman Lake from inside the pub or out on the patio, live music and the occasional train passing by.  So whether traveling by car, on foot, riding your bike down the Tart Trail, or padding across the lake, we invite you to stop by and become a part of the Filling Station family.

About The Food

David’s handcrafted beers pair perfectly with our house-made wood-fired pizzas and fresh salads. Every aspect of your meal including the pizza dough, pizza sauces and oils and salad dressing are created from scratch. Our thin flatbread crust allows all the freshly chopped, sliced and/or roasted pizza toppings to take center stage. With temperatures hovering around 700 degrees, our wood-fired oven produces a delicious flatbread pizza in a matter of minutes.

About The Beer

Head Brewer, David Cannizzaro, applies his 20 plus years of home brewing with an extensive knowledge of brewing ingredients, processes, and history to produce distinctive and pure styles of delicious craft brews. These styles include everything from Pacific Northwest IPAs to classic styles from across Europe. David brews on both a 3 barrel and 10 barrel system, creating small batches where each ingredient is thoughtfully chosen.

About The Family

In 2010, Ray Klepper began putting the concept of a new Traverse City brewery together. While visiting his daughter Lyndsay and husband David Cannizzaro at their home in Burlington, Vermont, Ray relished the chance to try one of David’s remarkable home brew creations. He always returned home thinking the same thing… the beers David was creating deserved a larger audience. When David and Lyndsay announced that they intended to move to Traverse City and start a family, it did not take long for Ray to suggest the idea of creating a new Traverse City brewery. As the seed of this idea progressed, more family members were brought into the fold. Ray’s brother Bob Klepper and close friend Karen Brewster, as well as nephew Matt Salbenblatt joined Ray, David and Lyndsay as part of the original ownership group. Moving forward, a long search for the best location led to the perfect location, Traverse City’s original passenger railroad depot (read more below). A tremendous amount of hard work was rewarded on March 5th of 2012 when the Filling Station Microbrewery opened its door for the first time. From day one, David has tackled all of the responsibilities of brewing… a one man brewing machine. Ray’s son Todd (General Manager) and daughter Amanda (Restaurant Manager), now part of the ownership group, have worked with a talented staff to provide visitors with consistently high quality edibles and friendly knowledgeable service. Ray and Bob continue to play a hands on role as the Filling Station continues to grow and look for new ways to enhance the experience of its patrons. At the Filling Station, it started as, and will continue to be, a family affair.

About The Depot

In July of 1880, passenger trains arrived in Traverse for the first time via the Chicago and West Michigan Railroad.  While these first trains were met by an excited crowd of onlookers, the first permanent freight and passenger depots were not completed until the fall of 1880.  The original passenger depot was located east of Union Street, right next to the Hannah, Lay grist Mill.  The freight depot still stands today at the corner of Cass and Lake, and currently houses the Om Cafe.  The next significant change came in 1899 when the C&WM combined with the Flint & Pere Marquette and the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Western to form the Pere Marquette Railroad.  For the next few decades, the use of these rails continued to grow.  With business booming, the Pere Marquette made the decision to build a new Traverse City Depot on Boardman Lake.  On January 6, 1927, the brand new depot opened to high acclaim, with railroad officials claiming it as the finest station along the entire Pere Marquette line.  It has certainly stood the test of time, as this depot continues to thrive as the current home of the Filling Station Microbrewery!

Following WWII, the rail business, which had played such an integral part of the development of the Traverse City area, began to drop off sharply.  Unfortunately, regular intercity passenger train service ended on October 29, 1966.  After a period of inactivity, the Depot building has housed a variety of businesses including a bank, coffee shop, an Eco-car company, and a furniture store.  Since1966, sight-seeing passenger trains have operated off and on from Traverse City, including Lake Central Railroad Tours, which operated a summer excursion train during the Cherry Festival.  In addition, from 1996 to 2004 the Grand Traverse Dinner Train opperated year round service from the Traverse City Depot to Williamsburg and to Walton Junction.  Currently, the Great Lakes Central Railroad provides freight rail service to the Traverse City area on track owned by the state of Michigan. This freight traffic transports fruit/perishables, scrap metal, and lumber.  There is optimism that passenger service will once again return to these rails (stay tuned for updates)!  Until then we will continue to enjoy some ales by the rails.

Credit for the information in this brief history:
–  “Sails & Rail: A Narrative History of Transportation in the Traverse City Region”, by Lawrence & Lucille Wakefield.
–  Wikipedia.org