Michigan Spirits Find Footing at Inaugural Craft Distillers Association Event

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Michigan has firmly cemented itself nationwide as a great beer state, and we are all very thankful for that—but what if your adult beverage of choice isn’t beer? Never fear, friends, you don’t have to go looking outside the state to quench your thirst.-  We’ve got a plethora of craft spirits too, and it’s about […]

Long Road Distillers Set to Release MICHIGIN

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Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers will release a new seasonal gin, MICHIGIN®, on Monday, February 6 when their doors open at 4 pm. The gin was crafted from 100% Michigan ingredients, starting with water fresh from Lake Michigan, red winter wheat from Heffron Farms and juniper harvested by hand on Beaver Island. The limited-release MICHIGIN […]

Beerducation at Fountain Hill Brewery

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Grand Rapids is now home to another new brewery—but this one might not be one you know about, yet. Say hello to Fountain Hill Brewery & Peter’s Pub, the first and only federal and state-licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college campus. Grand Rapids Community College has long had a strong culinary program. The […]

Another Summer Beer Fest in the Books

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The frozen washcloths helped. So did the shady trees. But the biggest relief from the sweltering heat was the beer. Because that is what this festival is about—beer. Specifically, Michigan craft beer. Oh, I’ve read the negative reviews. The festival has gotten too big, too noisy, too full of casual drinkers who don’t know a […]

Your Next Designated Driver

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From bachelor and bachelorette party goers, to tourists, to brewery hoppers, to you name who—the Beer City Runner has driven them through and through. Beer City Runner started with a small mission—to bring people together for a night out to experience some of the best breweries in Grand Rapids. The BCR takes the questions, “How […]

Gray Skies Distillery: Two Friends Bonded by Kindred Spirits

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For Brandon Voorhees and Steve Vander Pol, co-founders of Gray Skies Distillery, longtime friends, and Grand Rapids natives, the entrepreneurial spirit has ran through their blood for two generations. Voorhees’ father and grandfather, and Vander Pol’s father were business owners who raised them on the value that a viable idea is just a little hard […]

Elk Brewing: Sours and a Second Location

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As some of you may already have heard, Elk Brewing is expanding. The sudsy city of Grand Rapids contains yet another brewery with eyes growing larger at the prospect of snagging a good location and introducing more of their product into the market. Eric Karns, co-owner of Elk Brewing, is expanding the brewery into a […]

Founders Education Program: Spreading Gospel of Beer

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“At first we thought, what more can we learn about Founders?” That’s what Eva and Bob Trudell asked themselves before attending a “Palate Exploration Series” event at Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids. The two Founder’s aficionados were given tickets as a Christmas gift from their children and weren’t sure what to expect. The event was […]