Michigan Craft Beer Tasting Notes: The What’s (Sorta) New Edition

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:17 |

Everyone loves to find a new favorite craft beer.
In this tasting session of new beers that just hit distribution in West Michigan, we’ve found two options we’d happily recommend you seek out — and a host of others worth trying as well.

In the case of Cedar Springs Brewing Co., 95 N. Main St., Cedar Springs, founder Dave Ringler apprenticed at German breweries in the 1990s after graduating from Kalamazoo College and has leveraged that training to bring a true taste of Bavaria to West Michigan.

BEER BRIEFS: Atwater launches new beers; BRRRewFest hits Ludington

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 13:39 |

Detroit’s Atwater Brewery is launching three new beers, and along with them, a new branding scheme. The company tapped Detroit artist Tony Roko for the new designs, which will debut this month.

New Belgium Takes You on a ‘Mountain Adventure’

Written by SPONSORED CONTENT | Tuesday, 29 December 2015 12:22 |

This month New Belgium Brewing Company invites you and your family to hit the slopes at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Mich. to sport fun costumes while scouring the snowy hills for clues.

Tasting Notes: Wizard Burial Ground — Brewery Vivant

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Friday, 04 December 2015 09:04 |

Craft beer aficionados certainly have plenty of reasons to shake the couch cushions and work overtime come late November and early December, when some of the cult favorites — many of them of the bourbon barrel-aged variety — hit the shelves. Brewery Vivant’s Wizard Burial Ground is certainly one to look for. 

Sponsored: #ProtectOurWinters two pints at a time

Written by Hazel Mae King | Wednesday, 02 December 2015 15:59 |

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Not just your average ice cream though — ice cream beer. What does beer and ice cream have to do with protecting our winters, you ask? Read on.

Ho Ho Hum: Revue tries to find a reason to drink the beers of the season

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 30 November 2015 14:44 |

Brewers have used the season as a reason for making holiday-themed craft beers, which simply serve to distract drinkers from the many dozens of styles out there that are just so much better tasting (at least in this writer’s opinion). Regardless of our predilections for other styles, we decided to set aside our War on Christmas Beers for a day to see how they stacked up.

Imperial Stout Taste-Off (Blackest of the Black Edition)

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 04 November 2015 22:52 |

Most people look at imperial stouts as big, thick malt bombs. While they are indeed all of those, they’re also nuanced pours, often infused with savory, roasty flavors (coffee and chocolate, in particular) and sweet aromas. We assembled nine Michigan-made imperial stouts from those available at the time and from the cellar and decided to see which ones we liked best in a blind tasting.

When Worlds Collide: The Beer-Based Cocktail

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Sunday, 01 November 2015 14:30 |

The rise of Michigan-made craft beer may have displaced the art of mixology in local drinking culture, but the two beverage worlds are starting to converge. That’s because the same craftsmanship and attention to quality and flavors that’s present in craft beer has seen a renaissance of sorts with cocktails in recent years, according to HopCat’s David Zick.

New Holland Brewing Co. brings collaboration to 8th Street

Written by Mayra Monroy | Thursday, 08 October 2015 08:46 |

New Holland Brewing Co. operates within its walls and shares the space with its own distillery. With craft beer and spirits being created under the same roof, collaborations happen, often forming products concocted from both worlds. Here are a few.

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