Latitude 42 Red Beard's India Style Red Ale

6.5% ABV, Can Appearance: Clean copper, moderate creamy head Aroma: Hoppy, with a strong pine scent Taste: Slight malt at the front followed by a strong woodsy hop flavor Mouthfeel: Medium bodied This is a hybrid beer — half red ale, half IPA — and it’s surprisingly aggressive for a mutt. It’s got a sharp […]

Latitude 42 Lil’ Sunshine Golden Ale

4.8% ABV, Can Appearance: Lucid golden, light head, bubbly Aroma: Elusive hints of yeast Taste: Yeasty malt tones with slight bitter finish Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, with a fuller than expected medium body As the branding suggests, this smells and tastes a lil’ bit like summer, but it’s not really the light beer you think […]

Latitude 42 Lil' Sunshine Golden Ale

4.8% ABV, Can Appearance: Lucid golden, light head, bubbly Aroma: Elusive hints of yeast Taste: Yeasty malt tones with slight bitter finish Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, with a fuller than expected medium body As the branding suggests, this smells and tastes a lil’ bit like summer, but it’s not really the light beer you think […]

Importing Aloha: Latitude 42 brewing up happiness in Portage

Scott Freitas says it’s hard for an outsider to get started in Michigan’s craft beer industry. He would know. He came from about as far outside of Michigan as possible to help launch Latitude 42 Brewing Company in Portage. Freitas was the head brewer at Maui Brewing Co. — as in Maui, Hawaii — before […]

Have a seat, have a beer: Peaches Inn hosts first Sit. Stay. Beer. weekend

Grand Rapids, says Jane Lovett, has come a long way: “This city has gone in the past 20 years from drinking beer in the basement with the blinds pulled to BeerCity USA.” And that’s a good thing for Lovett’s Heritage Hill bed and breakfast — Peaches Inn — which recently hosted the first Sit. Stay. […]

Grand Rapids Italian restaurant embraces craft beer

Let me be frank. I know I can get good craft beer almost anywhere in this town, especially during Cool Brews. Hot Eats. I’m not at Amore Trattoria Italiana for the beer. I’m here, at this curiously out-of-the-way Italian restaurant in Comstock Park, because I keep hearing about its food. Beer is secondary for me […]

HopCat celebrates sixth anniversary, looks to the future

GRAND RAPIDS — A line was forming outside on the morning of HopCat’s sixth anniversary, but owner Mark Sellers was concerned first of all with the crowd inside. “When we opened,” he told the congregation of about 25 employees, “I didn’t even know if we’d make it to one year. Now we’ve made it six […]

In good spirits: Beer cocktails crop up in Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS — “Beer before liquor, never sicker.” But how about beer with your liquor, in the same glass? It’s a more appetizing combination and, in Michigan, certainly an inevitable one. The beer cocktail has evolved from the Irish car bombs of its frat days. It’s no longer just shots-in-pints to break the monotony of […]