Last Call: The Siciliano from Principle Food & Drink

Written by Josh Veal | Monday, 01 May 2017 12:02 |

Learn how to make our featured cocktail of the month: The Siciliano from Principle Food & Drink in Kalamazoo, and watch an exclusive video tutorial with Principle’s Bar Manager, Dan Reinisch.

Last Call: PT1 cocktail from Butcher’s Union

Written by Nick Macksood | Friday, 31 March 2017 09:45 |

Learn how to make our featured cocktail of the month: The PT1 from Butcher's Union in Grand Rapids, and watch an exclusive video tutorial with Butcher’s Union Bar Manager Nick Hindley.

Last Call: The Doom of Valyria from SpeakEZ Lounge

Written by Nick Macksood | Monday, 06 March 2017 11:56 |

Learn how to make our featured cocktail of the month: The Doom of Valyria from SpeakEZ Lounge

Table Talk: Trevor Corlett, Madcap Coffee

Written by Nick Macksood | Monday, 06 March 2017 11:50 |

Madcap’s Trevor Corlett likes to say he got into coffee “for the wrong reasons.” That’s not the whole story, but what he really means is his love for cafés started with the culture, not the drink itself. Revue sat down with Corlett to talk about Madcap’s laser focus and why the company’s coffee is far more than the sum of its parts.

Last Call: The Barrel from Gray Skies Distillery

Written by Nick Macksood | Saturday, 11 February 2017 12:45 |

Learn how to make our featured cocktail of the month: The Barrel from Gray Skies Distillery.

Last Call: Cocktail recipe for The Bitter Apple

Written by Maureen Di Virgilio / photos by Katy Batdorff | Friday, 06 January 2017 11:28 |

With the return of Last Call, our goal is to highlight the craft of thoughtful, innovative cocktails created by local bartenders and mixologists. Our first drink, the Bitter Apple, comes from Long Road Distillers’ first-ever “Taking the Long Road Cocktail Competition,” which challenged local bartenders to create a premium libation with Long Road spirits. Maureen Di Virgilio from The Green Well in Grand Rapids walked us through her winning recipe.

Consistency on Tap: The rise of draft cocktails

Written by Troy Reimink | Monday, 28 November 2016 10:54 |

Mixed drinks from a tap. The very idea seems almost … sacrilegious, somehow, doesn’t it?

But with craft distilleries putting a deeper footprint in West Michigan’s food and beverage economy, spirit-makers are embracing yet another big-city trend — the draft cocktail. While the idea is relatively new, establishments in the area have found undeniable upsides to the format.

Kalamazoo Stillhouse eyes late 2016 opening

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 28 November 2016 10:44 |

The path to opening a distillery can take many twists and turns. Just ask Nic and Joanna Merrill. The couple have been working on The Kalamazoo Stillhouse since 2013, when they purchased the building at 618 East Michigan Ave. Some three years out, they’ve yet to open, but the runway for them to start producing spirits is significantly shorter now. 

All In Good Taste: The art of the cocktail

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 17 November 2016 13:30 |

Whether it’s a squat rocks glass carrying a perfectly crafted old fashioned or the long stem of a sophisticated martini glass, cocktails have an inherent style that speaks a language of personality and fine taste. It’s the reason you see so many people posing with an upscale drink in their Facebook profile pictures. But where exactly does the fascination come from? Check out these area bars who are creating cocktails that not only please the palate, but are also aesthetically interesting.

Best of the Barkeeps: Get to know your local bartenders

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:16 |

Bartenders play many roles, depending on the bar and the patron — armchair psychologist, liquid pharmacist, philosopher of debauchery and so on. Between all these roles, they play a valuable (crucial, even) part in the community. Ask pretty much any bargoer their favorite barkeep and the name of at least one enigmatic drink-slinger will rise to the top. 

Earlier this year, Revue asked West Michigan that very question with our Best of the West survey. Here, we chat with the top 3 winners.

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