Traveling the Cocktail Trail with Coppercraft

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 15:23 |

Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery plans to make a big splash in its third year as the official spirit for the Tulip Time Festival. 

Fresh off of winning a bronze medal for its Rum and a gold medal and best in class honors for its Cask-Strength Bourbon at the American Distilling Institute Expo last month, the craft distillery partnered with 13 local restaurants on the Copper Trail, a passport promotion running from May 7-31. 

Table Talk: Kate Leeder of Aperitivo

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 31 March 2016 16:26 |

This month I sat down with Kate Leeder: A St. Louis native, closeted Bud Lite fan and co-owner of Aperitivo — a cheese, charcuterie, wine and beer shop at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market (435 Ionia Ave., SW). Bonus: The shop is paired with a bar featuring a sampling of its select stock. 

If you’re looking for someone to geek out with over cheese, or for the best wine to pair with Pringles (yes, Pringles), perhaps you should pay Leeder and her staff a visit. You’ll never look at wine the same way again.

February Booze News

Written by Joe Boomgaard and REVUE staff | Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:27 |

Long Road Distillers' new whisky series, Short's Brewing Co. releases the special edition "Batch 5000", The People's Cider Co. gets a tasting room, plus a huge list of upcoming breweries, meaderies and distilleries.

Last Call: The Jungle Bird at Black Heron Kitchen & Bar

Written by Rei Robinson | Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:18 |

The Black Heron on the West Side of Grand Rapids makes The Jungle Bird with a tincture of the sunset shone warm about the verdant lime wedge. 

In this cocktail, the Campari and pineapple burst onto one’s palate like a phantom grapefruit lemonade inception. This Bird alights upon the tongue.

A Quick Guide to the Local LGBTQ Nightlife

Written by Audria Larsen | Thursday, 03 December 2015 23:38 |

While West Michigan’s LGBTQ nightlife hot spots are not as plentiful as they once were, the raging clubs and quiet bars you can find in our region are legendary.
Whether you’re intent on cruising the night away, showing off your pipes at karaoke or workin’ it in a pageant, here are some Michigan fixtures.

Last Call: Ramos Gin Fizz at Long Road Distillers

Written by Rei Robinson | Monday, 30 November 2015 14:04 |

Learn how to make the Ramos Gin Fizz from Long Road Distillers. Like a tart creamsicle, it’s a perfect confection for any season, guaranteed to make your eyes roll across the floor (in ecstasy).

Last Call: MLCC at Reserve Wine & Food

Written by Rei Robinson | Friday, 06 November 2015 13:07 |

Learn how to make the MLCC, a rum and Bonal cocktail from Reserve Wine & Food. 

Classy Cocktails

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 04 November 2015 23:03 |

Forget that old go-to swill you’ve been drinking. It’s high time you branch out in West Michigan and meet these six life-changing, high-end cocktails.

Pair a Hands-On Cocktail Class with a Film Screening

Written by Josh Spanninga | Wednesday, 04 November 2015 23:00 |

In celebration of Grand Rapids Cocktail Week, on Sunday, Nov. 22 the UICA and Grand Rapids Downtown Market are hosting a hands-on cocktail class from 3–5 p.m. at the market and are pairing it with a 5:30 p.m. screening of the 2013 documentary Hey Bartender at the UICA.

Spirits Rising: Craft distilleries emerging in West Michigan

Written by John Wiegand | Sunday, 01 November 2015 14:30 |

Craft distilleries are opening at a pace that probably has the teetotalling proponents of Prohibition turning over in their graves. The influx of neighborhood distilleries surely has the fine people of West Michigan careening into the rapture, glasses filled with craft bourbon in each hand. But the truth of the matter is a little less ominous as the rash of new craft distilleries has far more to do with the growing craft movement in general than it does with the end times.

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