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Something New is Brewing: Experience Grand Rapids launches first-ever Beer Month

Written by Kelly Brown and Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 09 February 2017 15:43 |

When you live in a city where beer is king, it feels like every month is “beer month.” But this February, Experience Grand Rapids launches an entire month dedicated to savoring the craft that makes our city great. The month-long celebration runs from Feb. 15 through March 15 and features a handful of events for the novice and beer connoisseur alike.

Fish On: Thirsty Trout laps up top porter honors

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Saturday, 31 December 2016 11:26 |

Call us traditionalists at Revue, but if you’re dosing your beers with a bunch of flavors, we become very suspicious that you’re trying to cover up mistakes. 

Perhaps that’s why the top three porters we rated in our recent taste-off all fell into the traditional American or English style with no artificial flavoring. Read on to find out how we ranked almost a dozen Michigan porters.

Destination: Comstock Park

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 05 December 2016 10:22 |

Comstock Park has the distinction of being neither a city nor a village nor a township, but the area has recently come to be defined, at least in part, as a destination for fans of craft beverages.

Revue hit the road to see what’s fermenting in Comstock Park, given all the new options coming online. Here’s what we found out.

Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival: Keg Curling, Food Pairing and Education

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 28 October 2016 10:30 |

As West Michigan’s craft beer scene continues to grow, so too does the number of festivals that honor our microbrewery mecca. The Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival at Wings Event Center, now in its third year, boasts its own unique offerings to set it apart from the other beer fests in West Michigan.

West Michigan breweries earn medals in Great American Beer Fest

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 13 October 2016 13:45 |

Six West Michigan breweries had a little something extra in their luggage when they headed home from the Great American Beer Fest held last week in Denver — and no, it wasn’t related to a certain legal herb in Colorado.

The Brewtiques of West Michigan

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 12 October 2016 08:23 |

If there’s a strong desire for craft beer, the ever-growing business for beer merchandise is just as ravenous. Spring boarding from T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats, breweries’ offerings have spilled over into lifestyle accessories and novelty items including (believe it or not) underwear. Here's a roundup of cool Michigan beer gear.

Craft Beer Style Trends: So Fresh and So Clean

Written by Angela Steil | Special to Revue | Wednesday, 12 October 2016 08:18 |

To explore local breweries and discover the trends that move the industry, it’s nice to stop to take stock of the new flavors and styles that approach our palates. 

Being in the middle of the country, West Michigan has a tendency to get the news a little late when it comes to the latest and greatest beer trends. But breweries in the Mitten seem to have quite a knack for taking these popular beer styles and recreating them with a healthy dose of Michigan innovation. 

To that end, Revue gathered some observations on recurring themes in the local craft beer scene and how the brewers are responding to them.

New Look, Same Great Mouthfeel! Why your favorite brew is getting a makeover

Written by Troy Reimink | Friday, 07 October 2016 10:52 |

The movies don’t lie: A makeover can change everything. 

Whether it’s drastic (Robin Williams, “Mrs. Doubtfire”), practical (Julia Roberts, “Pretty Woman”) or painful (Steve Carrell’s chest hair, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), a new look is often a ticket to new frontiers.

This year, a handful of West Michigan’s top breweries have gone the “She’s All That” route — recognizing that a few minor tweaks can turn a nerd into the prom queen. 

West Michigan brewers carve out space in $22.3B craft beer industry

Written by John Wiegand | Friday, 07 October 2016 10:43 |

When a teetotaling lawmaker introduced legislation last month that would have more than tripled state excise taxes paid by craft brewers, opposition to the bill was quick and fierce. What began with hobbyist homebrewers in basements and garages two or three decades ago has grown into a nearly $2 billion chunk of the country’s overall $22.3 billion craft beer market. For Michigan brewers, the bill was an attack on the industry they built from the ground up and an assault on the American Dream itself.

Big Red Coq is the champ in a Revue taste-off of local ambers and reds.

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