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.

Finding a Good Cocktail in West Michigan

Written by Missy Black | Sunday, 01 November 2015 14:29 |

West Michigan is overflowing with trendy new breweries, but lest we forget the old fashioned watering hole. From where to score the best Happy Hour deals to the budding Cocktail Renaissance, this special guide is all about the local pubs and taverns. Because lists are fun, here’s a roundup of some must-visit places to get a good cocktail.

‘Iron Bartender’ Competition Celebrates ‘Cocktail Renaissance’

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:39 |

If you’re familiar with the television cooking show Iron Chef, then you’re at least familiar with the general premise of the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild’s Iron Bartender competition. It’s pretty simple: Bring in some talented culinary professionals, throw some surprise ingredients at them and see the creative ways they use said ingredients to create something delectable.

West Michigan’s Oldest Bars

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:38 |

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. That’s how the saying goes, anyway. And at Nick Fink’s, the oldest bar in Grand Rapids, they’re absolutely fine with that adage. While developers are continually constructing flashy, new breweries and trendy pubs across the state, other more ripened watering holes hang their hats on heritage.

Cocktails: What's Hot?

Written by Missy Black | Sunday, 01 November 2015 11:34 |

Ordering your usual has gone out the window. That one drink all night routine is tired and, with the high-end craft cocktail popularity, you’d be crazy to flirt with just one flavor.

Last Call: The Limonana at San Chez Bistro

Written by Abigail Emerson | Tuesday, 15 September 2015 09:01 |

Enjoy San Chez' seasonal cocktail, the Limonana. Made with 1¼ oz. lemongrass gin, 1¼ oz. fresh honeydew melon juice and ¾ oz. Cointreau and paired with a piece of Serrano ham anchored with a grape — it's the perfect sweet and salty drink.

LAST CALL: The Ghost Puncher, The Meanwhile Bar, East Hills

Written by Rei Robinson | Tuesday, 05 May 2015 14:17 |

Ho, dear reader! Huddle close to this page terminus while I sit at The Meanwhile Bar, suckling at a treat of my own concoction: The Ghost Puncher. The origin of this drink drives from a reference of irreverence against the famous non-alcoholic infusion, The Arnold Palmer.

Last Call: The Enigma at Derby Station

Written by Rei Robinson | Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00 |

Speak never, friends and loyal readers (both of you), that I’ve not drank within an establishment dubbed by a designation of hat, lest they be put asunder. The fallacious malalignment could not be further from its proper port of purpose.

Last Call: The Dry Agent

Written by Rei Robinson | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 13:09 |

I command these words to paper with hand atremble. Found am I, perched ad precarium aboard a barstool in a veritable Elysian Field of fine quaff. For certainly, no concoction of the wrangled Terra could formulate such fine a philter as that which I now quaff: The Dry Agent.

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