Creston Brewery offers range of accessible flavors with community vibe

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 08 September 2016 10:11 |

A new brewery is breathing life into a long-vacant former furniture showroom on Plainfield Avenue in Grand Rapids’ burgeoning Creston neighborhood. Launched last month by two couples — Vince Lambert and Cailin Kelly, and Scott Schultz and Molly Bouwsma-Schultz — Creston Brewery aims to bring an inclusive environment to the local craft beer scene with something for people of all backgrounds and tastes, including non-beer lovers.

Crushable Lagers: Craft beer comes full circle

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Friday, 02 September 2016 10:32 |

Although craft brewers once maligned mass-produced American lagers as “fizzy, yellow beer,” many have started to embrace the traditional German styles as consumers seek out sessionable options.

Let’s face it: Sometimes you just want a flavorful, crushable beer. Lagers are the so-called lawnmower beers, but that doesn’t mean they have to forego nuance and flavor, as this sampling proved. 

Brewery Vivant’s Wood-Aged Beer Fest tickets available

Written by Revue Staff | Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:51 |

Brewery Vivant is now selling tickets to the sixth-annual Wood-Aged Beer Festival.

GRAND RAPIDS — Forgive Joe Short and his colleagues from Bellaire-based Short’s Brewing Co. if they look a little tired. They had a busy day on Wednesday. That’s when the Northern Michigan brewery released Psychedelic Cat Grass, its triple dry-hopped IPA, across its entire multi-state distribution footprint. 

Northern Exposure: Craft brewery wanderings in NW Michigan

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Friday, 29 July 2016 10:08 |

Since this is Revue’s road trip edition and it is summer in Michigan, we decided to head north on a meandering of our own, in search of what the area’s nascent craft beverage scene has to offer. Here’s what we found.

Summer wheat beer taste-off: Will king Oberon keep its crown?

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 06 June 2016 15:12 |

Oberon from Bell’s Brewery served as a gateway for many drinkers entering the world of craft beer. 

It’s an approachable wheat ale that’s become synonymous with summer and warm weather. But we wondered how the iconic Oberon would hold up to some of the other offerings from West Michigan breweries that loosely fit into the same style profile. Here’s what we determined. 

On a gorgeous sunny Friday last month, this writer and the Revue team — aka The Merry Band of Millennials including Kelli Belanger, Rachel Harper, Nick Manes, Josh Veal and John Wiegand — decided to break out of the office to see what the breweries of Muskegon and Grand Haven had to offer. Here’s what we uncovered.

Sour Beer Spotlight: Where to find sours in West Michigan

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 07 April 2016 20:16 |

A handful of West Michigan craft breweries have started producing sour beers. Here is a (by no means exhaustive) list of some of the locally made sours and wild ales. 

Pucker Up! An introduction to the world of sour beers and wild ales

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 07 April 2016 20:04 |

In America, the IPA reigns supreme among craft beer drinkers. But many beer lovers have discovered a new-found love for some of the oldest of beer styles that date back centuries to the earliest of brewing traditions in Europe. 

Back in the day, brewers made sour beers and wild ales because that’s all they could make. They didn’t have the cultured brewers yeast that’s available today. Rather, they relied on the natural “bugs” and open fermentation to do its work. 

The styles have undergone a renaissance in recent years and are growing in popularity among local breweries. 

Q&A: Mitch Ermatinger, Speciation Artisan Ales

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 07 April 2016 19:39 |

West Michigan native Mitch Ermatinger brewed award-winning sour beers at Denver-based Former Future Brewing Co. He and his wife, Whitney, have returned to the region with plans to launch Speciation Artisan Ales, an all-wild brewery. The pair are still working to identify a location in Grand Rapids but the plan is to open a taproom for a bottle release one day per month and later expand to weekly hours. In the meantime, Ermatinger is helping Harmony Brewing Co. to launch its own sour program. 

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