Founders fans brave the cold for Firkin Freezeout

GRAND RAPIDS — Over the weekend, Founders Brewing held the first installment of what will become an annual event — the Founders Firkin Freezeout. Featuring 50 firkin beers, brisk late morning weather didn’t stop a few dozen hearty people from waiting in line for the opening of the taproom doors.With the sun shining and promises […]

Petoskey Hopsessed Double IPA

Hold on to your taste buds and make sure you have a designated driver! This mouth-exploding Double IPA starts with a unique citrus aroma provided by a 100% Simcoe dry hop. The high bitterness is slightly toned down by the caramel sweetness imparted by the large quantities of malted barley needed to achieve such a high ABV.

#MichiganBeer spreads the joy of local brews

GRAND RAPIDS — #MichiganBeer. The ubiquitous symbol you may have seen stuck on light posts, tacked onto bulletin boards and on t-shirts in breweries and shops in the West Michigan area. Simply phrased, a representation of 21st century sensibilities. It’s a hashtag. No, it means pound, you just didn’t know that because you’re 21. Pound Michigan […]

High Five invites members and public to share favorite beers and home brews

GRAND RAPIDS — High Five Co-op Brewery hosted its first official membership event and “sixer mixer” this past Saturday. Members and non-members alike met in The Factory, a collaborative workspace, and brought along their favorite and homemade brews to share and taste. Attendees sipped on samples while engaging in light discussion. The event was the […]

Creative energy alive at Winter Microbrew & Music Festival

A winter plagued by the polar vortex couldn’t keep thousands from celebrating the craft brew community Saturday at the Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival. The festival, now in its fifth year, has become a regional favorite and features a large selection of beloved Michigan breweries and live musical acts. Festival organizers added many […]

Creative energy alive at Winter Microbrew & Music Festival

A winter plagued by the polar vortex couldn’t keep thousands from celebrating the craft brew community Saturday at the Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival. The festival, now in its fifth year, has become a regional favorite and features a large selection of beloved Michigan breweries and live musical acts. Festival organizers added many […]

One Eyed Betty’s Barrel-Aged Beer Week rings in terrible twos

FERNDALE — The “terrible twos” are typically a hectic and dreadful time for most parents. Unless, of course, your child is a craft beer bar.  One Eyed Betty’s celebrated its two-year anniversary this week by hosting a Barrel-Aged Beer Week. With nightly tapping’s Monday through Thursday at 6 p.m., the week was chalked full of […]

KD aLe mixes beer knowledge with book smarts

GRAND RAPIDS — Libraries are a gathering space, a way to exchange and garner information, to learn something new, or to learn something more. And in Michigan, what could be more logical than wanting to learn more about beer? Kent District Library, a public library system comprised of 18 branches that serves residents throughout Kent County, […]