North Pier Brewing Co.: A Mature 1

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Jay Fettig, founder and owner of North Pier Brewing Co., is not “from” the beer industry. He’ll even tell you he’s only a mediocre-at-best homebrewer. But, that doesn’t disqualify him from running a successful brewery. While in business school at Indiana University, he drafted a business plan for what would eventually become a Benton Harbor, […]

Cider Week GR Blue Bridge Festival

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The cumulation of Grand Rapids first ever Cider Week ended with a Festival held at a location just as iconic as the Michigan apples our (many, many) ciders are made of—the Grand Rapids Blue Bridge. The Cider Week GR Blue Bridge Festival was held on Saturday, April 22nd from 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., complete with […]

Michigan Brewers Pledge Allegiance in Nation’s Capital

In sharp contrast to a city built on politics—a force with the power to polarize millions, beer just proved to have the strength to do the exact opposite. Nearly 15,000 professionals just converged for a week in Washington, D.C. for Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, the industry’s largest annual convention, hosted by the Brewers […]

B. Nektar Sets New Standard for Mead with Unique Libations

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In its eight years of existence, B. Nektar Meadery has grown steadily, upgrading from fermenting in carboys and 55-gallon food-grade drums to producing up to 150 barrels of liquid a week. “We just keep getting bigger,” said William McCune, production manager at B. Nektar. Now, the meadery’s annual festivals draw crowds of over 1200 people […] Under New Ownership readers have come to know us as a leading resource for information about the people, places, and events in Michigan’s thriving craft beverage scene. This time the news we’re reporting is about us. We have a new owner. Steph Harding, well known for her photography work, stepped up to the helm when legal transfer […]

Michigan Cider Association forms amid growing cider market

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP — Knowing the quality of Michigan apples, Paul Vander Heide is investing in the superiority of Michigan fruit. It’s not just buying apples from local farmers that has the owner of Vander Mill Cider and Winery investing — now he is investing in the farmers who produce the fruit. Along with three […]