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Gratuity-free brewery to open in Saginaw

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A new local brewery is hoping to raise the bar for beer. 

Oracle Brewing Company will open Friday, July 28th at 3 p.m. The pub will be located at 122 N. Michigan Avenue in Old Town Saginaw.

“Oracle Brewing has been created to raise the bar for beer, community, culture and small business. Founded on the beliefs that beer should be appreciated, not expected; examined, not ignored; revered and not feared. Oracle represents the true artisanal spirit that is beer,” according to the pub’s website.

A unique twist to the brewery – keep your tip.

“Oracle is a gratuity-free establishment. We are committed to paying our employees a fair wage, so you pay for your beer and we will cover the rest!” the company said on Facebook.

"We offer them a livable wage as their base pay and then we incentivize that by allowing a percentage of sales to overtake that pay should we exceed it. Our goal is to take the responsibility back. We are the business, they are our employees. We're responsible to them," said Christopher Younk, co-owner.

The pub is also food-friendly.

Guests can snag some delicious takeout from the brewery’s neighbors, including Fralias, Pasong’s Café, and Mac’s, before heading in for a glass of “liquid libations.”

Younk and his business partner Cody Smith have such a passion for craft beer and its unique flavor that they wanted to bring that experience to those within the community.

"We chose Old Town for a very specific reason, which is that it is diverse. That we do have a lot of art and culture within the area and it's reviving itself and we want to be a part of that," Younk said.

The establishment plans to offer at least 12 taps to the public at first, but thanks to their in-house custom draft system they could brew up to 50 different types of beers by the end of the year.

"We brew a lot of table beers, lower alcohol, really high in flavor. We specialize in a lot of Belgians and German styles, old world styles. But we also focus highly on our pale ales and American IPAs," Smith said.

For more information on Oracle Brewery, visit their website here

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