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. 

All Aboard! Railtown Brewing breaks the mold in pursuit of quality

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:50 |
Railtown Brewing Co. founders Justin Buiter and Gim Lee like to say their year-old West Michigan craft brewery sits “in the middle of nowhere and between everything.” Instead of having the flashiest taproom or branding, the brewery instead invested in the quality of its liquid, focusing on buying equipment that will ensure its beers live up to the owners’ high standards.

Photo gallery: Winter Beer Fest 2016

Written by Kim Kibby | Saturday, 27 February 2016 16:05 |

Photos from day 1 of Michigan Brewers Guild's Winter Beer Fest 2016.

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.

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