Essential Bean has been a part of the Caledonia community since 1999, with two owners before Austin Nichols took over. While the second owner was contemplating moving on, Nichols was working at a Bakery in Grand Rapids, after having completed a baking and pastry degree at GRCC.
The Beer Purity Law be damned! Enacted in 1516, the so-called German “Reinheitsgebot” mandated that beer could only be brewed with three ingredients: water, barley and hops. But it turns out “purity” can also be pretty boring.
In an unassuming building off the main drag in Ypsilanti, a small husband-and-wife-owned operation creates a unique brand of living alcoholic beverages: kombucha beer.
Say what you will about West Michigan, we have an innate ability to vote for ourselves, particularly when it comes to beer.
The growth of craft beer in Michigan has legislators taking a break from being scared of the word ‘vagina’ and looking at the state’s antiquated laws for production, distribution and consumption of God’s Nectar.
This year has offered plenty of reason to celebrate for hopheads who can’t get enough humulus lupulus. As a lover of all things hoppy, I’m always on the prowl for new ales that are ready to destroy one’s palate with bitterness.
The ever-popular India Pale Ale serves as a versatile, year-round beer that’s as drinkable on a warm summer day as it is in the heart of winter. They’re also a hotbed of experimentation for brewers, including many of West Michigan’s finest.
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