Fermenta unites the women of Michigan’s craft brewing scene

Written by Mayra Monroy | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:38 |

A new nonprofit collective wants to change the perception that Michigan’s craft beer industry is only a profession for burly bearded males. Along the way, Fermenta, a women’s craft collaborative, also wants to educate and encourage more women to get involved in the profession of creating world-class craft beverages.

Hot Water, Cold Brew: Why you should be enjoying a shower beer

Written by Nick Manes | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:21 |

This past Labor Day weekend I had the pleasure of spending 24 hours at a woodsy cabin not far from Lake Michigan. Aside from drinking, there was plenty of hiking, swimming, beach play and fireside sitting. Upon return to my humble abode, only two things sounded good as a method of unwinding: A hot shower and a cold beer.

Farm to Bottle

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 30 September 2015 09:18 |

A good beer’s story never begins in the brewer’s tank. Every hop, grain of barley and drop of water in that tank comes from one place: The Earth. Without the fields and the farmers that work to sow them, our mugs would be empty.

Craft breweries connect beer with art (and music) on their product label

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:52 |

For many consumers, their connection to a particular craft beer starts not with the liquid itself, but with the artwork on the can or bottle as it sits on the store shelf.

August Beer And Booze News

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 13 August 2015 15:41 |

In case you forgot, it’s almost time for ArtPrize. To benefit the annual celebration of artistic renderings of Jesus and assorted other professional and amateur artworks, Founders Brewing Co. is again releasing a beer to correspond with the competition. This year’s brew, Spectra Trifecta, is a traditional Kolsch style made with chamomile, ginger and lemongrass. Look for it in six packs of 12-ounce bottles starting in September (or slightly beforehand).

GOING DUTCH: New Spring Lake brewery specializes in balanced beer styles

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Friday, 31 July 2015 15:37 |

After nearly three years of planning, Kelly Rozema Finchem and Luke Finchem have finally realized their dream of opening a craft brewery in West Michigan. The creators of Dutch Girl Brewing Inc. employed a different startup philosophy than most brewery owners in that they launched their company with plenty of room to grow.

Northern Exposure: Exploring Traverse City’s craft beer scene

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:01 |

Traverse City may be known for its cherries and wine, but the Northwest Michigan town has been slowly making a name for itself because of its thriving craft beer scene. The city of around 15,000 people has no fewer than 10 microbreweries or brewpubs — and that’s not even counting many more beer producers that continue to pop up in nearby towns like Acme, Lake Ann and Suttons Bay. (Lest you fudgies forget: Short’s Brewing Co. is actually based 40 miles away in Bellaire.)

White Flame, Pike 51 breweries put Hudsonville on the map

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 02 June 2015 16:57 |

Once the beer began flowing in Hudsonville, people started to take notice. While it had the dubious distinction of being Michigan’s last dry city, a title it held until 2007, the Ottawa County town now boasts two growing microbreweries that come highly regarded by the region’s craft beer cognoscenti.

New brewery alert: Newaygo Brewing Co.

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:08 |

Good beer comes to those who wait. The Looman family had been plotting for years to find a way to bring their homebrew concoctions to a wider audience, and they got serious in 2014. Nick and Krista Looman quit their jobs and relocated to Newaygo County to start Newaygo Brewing Company.

Double your vices, double your fun

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:20 |

Sure, you could drink a beer and eat some chocolate, but many craft brewers have both vices covered with an all-in-one product. Mama, this surely is not a dream; it’s wonderful reality. We assembled 10 chocolate-based beers for a blind taste test, conducted by the following judges:

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