From apartments to beer: The story of Rockne Van Meter

How did you start brewing? Rockne Van Meter: “I started brewing in my kitchen in the late ‘90s. I went to the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in 2002, which was a bit after I started brewing at home, and the Monday after that festival I decided to quit my job and see if […]

Bastone Brewery continues as a mainstay of Downtown Royal Oak

Bastogne — a Walloon municipality of Belgium located in the province of Luxembourg. Bastone — a Belgian-inspired brewery and restaurant located in the City of Royal Oak. For 11 years, Bastone has anchored itself on the corner of 5th and Main, providing patrons with Belgian brews, delicious food and a comfortable atmosphere. During its run, the brewery […]

Fluffing the sessions: A look at Kuhnhenn brews

Imperial Mud 12.5% ABV — Imperial Mud is an imperial stout with all of the qualities you would expect from the style. With a high ABV at 12.5%, Imperial Mud is the same recipe base as Kuhnhenn’s famous Michigan Mud. Brewed with Michigan malt and hops, the aroma is dominated by combination of them. The vanilla […]

Letting in the funk: Creating a perfect beer cellar

To age or not to age — is that the question? Nowadays, aging seems to be the answer. In the craft beer world, trends like cellaring, trading, verticals and bourbon barrels, among other things, factor into building a cellar full of craft beer goodness. But how do you go about it? Where should you start? […]

Kuhnhenn remembers the past, looks toward the future

Just off of the corner of Mound and Chicago in Warren, you will find the humble and hidden Kuhnhenn Brewing Company bustling at capacity most days of the week. In that brewery, you’ll discover the Kuhnhenn family still doing business in their original location. The location where Eric Sr. ran his hardware store. The location […]

Holiday Market grows to offer large selection of Michigan brews

ROYAL OAK – Holiday Market has been in business since 1954, back when they started as a small butcher shop and grocery store. As of 2014, the shop is over 20 times its original size and still putting an emphasis on quality products and services, particularly when it comes to craft beer. That’s where Beer Manager Ashley […]

All Hail Wassail: Kuhnhenn hosts annual Winter Solstice party

WARREN — Wassail toasts were plentiful at Kuhnhenn Brewing Company this weekend as the brewery celebrated its annual Winter Solstice party. The yearly two day event held on Friday and Saturday is not only a gathering and celebration on the shortest days of the year, but also a bottle release of limited beers from the brewery. Patrons […]

The Wine Garden serves St. Clair Shores with passion

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Tony Batou knew alcohol was his passion back when he started his first retail location in 1995. Batou, Owner of The Wine Garden, started developing his zeal for spirits right out of the gate at 21 years old. “I went to a lot of beer tastings, wine tastings, liquor tastings,” he […]