HAZE CRAZE: Michigan-made New England-style IPAs take the market by storm

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 03 April 2017 09:50 |

For many craft beer drinkers, tastes in IPAs have started to evolve from the bitter, palate-wrecking hop bombs toward a gentler, juicier flavor. Revue tasted six examples of New England-style or juicy IPAs, with Old Nation’s M-43 leading the pack.

Passing the Torch: Laura Bell takes over as CEO of Bell’s Brewery

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 06 March 2017 11:42 |

When Laura Bell was 2 months old, her dad founded what would go on to become the largest brewery in Michigan and the seventh largest craft beer maker in the country. 

Revue Taste-Off: The ‘What’s New’ Edition

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:32 |

We define “new” loosely at Revue. Some of these beers have been around before, but they’re new to us, so that’s reason enough to check them out and let you know what we think. (Note: This was not a blind tasting.)

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.

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