Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:45

Gift Guide: Beer Snob

Written by  Michael Coletta
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Gift Guide: Beer Snob Illustration: Anthony Carpenter

The Beer Snob has become the superlative connoisseur of the 21st century. Craft beer is at an exciting apex of popularity and the Beer Snob is at the center of it all, guiding the journey toward vibrant tastes — all while catching a warm buzz.



The Beer Snob has two needs: To enjoy and appreciate the work of others and to fine-tune his own personal craft of beer making. Siciliano’s Market is the perfect stop to facilitate both. Here you can obtain that sought-after limited release while gathering the essential supplies to brew your own mashed masterpiece. 

Siciliano’s Market, 2840 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids,, (616) 453-9674 



Winter does not slow down the Beer Snob. Proof is the always-sold-out Winter Beer Festival, for which tickets go on sale Dec. 3. Now in its 11th year, it features more than 100 Michigan breweries and around 1,000 unique beers. While sipping, the Beer Snob can also take in fine local bands and sample tasty food. Friday’s session is $45 in advance, $50 at gate if available. Saturday’s session is $50 in advance. 

Michigan Brewers’ Guild 11th Annual Winter Beer Festival, Fifth Third Ball Park, Comstock Park 



To maximize your full beer nerd potential, it is imperative that you turn to the best beer stores in West Michigan. The reason why the Beer Snob is always re-invited to white elephant gift exchanges is because no one minds being stuck with a super rare four pack of Michigan craft beer. Rishi’s International Beverage is among the best spots to make it possible. Ask the man himself for beer advice or the perfect adult beverage. You don’t just receive a Right Brain tribute beer for nothing, after all.  

Rishi’s International Beverage, 3835 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids,, (616) 842-7240 



The Beer Snob will ultimately want to develop an affinity for pairing their favorite brews with dishes that heighten the palate. Whether it’s matching your favorite hoppy IPA with Atlantic salmon or a robust stout with a slab of smoky ribs, the best way to achieve this is through creative menus and locally sourced fare. North Peak Brewing Company and Salt of the Earthcontinue to demonstrate their commitment to top-tier craft beer and exceptional cuisine. 

North Peak Brewing Company, 400 W. Front St., Traverse City,, (231) 941-7325 

Salt of the Earth, 114 East Main Street, Fennville,, (269) 561-7258



When a movie has a slogan like “DRINK BETTER BEER,” you know it’s at least worth a peek. CRAFT filmmaker Craig Noble gives cinephile Beer Snobs a behind-the-scenes look at how craft-beer trailblazers, rogues and misfits have bested the big beer companies. This beertastic voyage to the front lines of the booming Craft Beer Revolution spans from coast to coast chatting with independent craft brewers who insist on raising the beer bar. The film is backed with an impressive horn-heavy soundtrack courtesy of Slavic Soul Party, a nine-piece “Balkansoulgypsyfunk” brass band based out of Brooklyn. 



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