B. Nektar gives the Michigan mead scene some bzzz

Mead isn’t mainstream. It’s where beer was in the early 1980s, when breweries like Sierra Nevada and Bell’s Brewery were just getting started. Michigan, however, has one of the hottest scenes, and B. Nektar has established itself as one of the major mead players in the nation. So, MittenBrew traveled to its facility in Ferndale […]

Taking the Long Road: A conversation with Long Road Distillers

Jon O’Connor and Kyle VanStrien took a long, and detoured, road to opening Grand Rapids’ first distillery. The pair have a passion for local and spirits and it shines through now that Long Road Distillers is open. Join Pat Evans on a conversation with the two passionate Westsiders from Grand Rapids.

Documentary showcases the struggles of new breweries

MittenBrew sits down with Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden of “Blood, Sweat, and Beer,” a new documentary that follows a trio of 23-year-olds as they struggle to start The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company in Braddock, Pa. The film also tells the emotional story of Danny Robinson, a boardwalk brewery owner and restaurateur whose empire is […]

Cranker’s thrives under the perfect ‘closer’

BIG RAPIDS — Jim Crank took a risk when he hired his brewer for Cranker’s Brewery. When he began looking into expanding his Coney Island operation into the brewing world, he was interviewing professional brewers from some of the largest breweries across the country, including Sierra Nevada, Gordon Biersch and Rogue Ales. These brewers came […]

Cranker's thrives under the perfect 'closer'

BIG RAPIDS — Jim Crank took a risk when he hired his brewer for Cranker’s Brewery. When he began looking into expanding his Coney Island operation into the brewing world, he was interviewing professional brewers from some of the largest breweries across the country, including Sierra Nevada, Gordon Biersch and Rogue Ales. These brewers came […]