Nathan Hukill wants to keep the “micro” in microbrewery. But judging by the quality of the products he’s making, his Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales LLC in Chelsea is going to have to resist a considerable push to scale up production to meet demand.

Biggums' Beer Fest Born Out of Sold-Out BeerFest

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:13 |

Not being able to get tickets to the annual Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids can wound a person to their core. But it’s nothing a snow blower, some friends and the construction of a giant snow beer cooler can’t fix.

September Microbrews: Elk Brewing

Written by Ben Darcie | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:47 |

After a long journey, Elk Brewing has finally opened its doors to thirsty beer lovers in Grand Rapids. To owner and headbrewer Eric Karns, the road to open was a trying one that took three years, but it only made the opening and the following success sweeter.

August Microbrews: Cranker's Coney Island

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 25 July 2014 15:24 |

After the success of the original Cranker's Coney Island in Big Rapids, Jim Crank Sr. pursued a second location in Mt. Pleasant. He called on his son, Jim Crank Jr., to return to Big Rapids from Massachusetts, where he was playing Hockey for Umass, to take up the family business.

Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest rescheduled for Sept. 13

Written by Alex Connolly | Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:42 |

Put down your brews and listen up, Grand Rapidians: the Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest has been rescheduled from its previous when and where. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the festival will now be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Heartside Park from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are still available, and if you already bought some, don’t worry: all previously purchased tickets will be honored at the festival.

Beer City Coaster Contest Raises a Glass to Coaster Art

Written by Alex Connolly | Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:37 |

When enjoying beer, it’s easy to forget about the more aesthetic side of the craft beer experience: the coaster. Kind of like the album art to the beer’s music, we often fail to notice the work that goes into the design of those coasters as we enjoy our beer. Thanks to a new contest brought to us by the good people at Experience Grand Rapids, SpringHill Suites North, plus a slew of local GR breweries and bars, that might change.

July Microbrews: Latitude 42 Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:07 |

Latitude 42 Brewing Company CEO Joe Stoddard had been running a restaurant for years, all while having a dream of opening his own brewery with spectacular food. The kitchen aspect of the endeavor was covered, but he was faced with the challenge of finding the next key piece of the puzzle -- the brewer -- before moving on to the business plan.

June Microbrews: Unruly Brewing

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 22 May 2014 23:30 |

Jeff Jacobson spends his days as an attorney, but one who harbored a secret desire: to open a brewery. However, it wasn't a task to be accomplished on his own. He had been doing some trademarking work for his soon-to-be business partner, Mark Gongalski, to whom he expressed his interest to open a brewery. They joined forces but were missing a crucial piece, the brewer.

Grand Rapids celebrates BeerCity Week

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 25 April 2014 09:42 |

Since Examiner got rid of its Beer City USA poll, it looks like Grand Rapids will be the nation's champ forever. Or until another beer-related poll pops up. But until then, we will celebrate our win indefinitely.

May Microbrews: Virtue Cider

Written by Ben Darcie | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 13:25 |

Greg Hall, who spent many years as the brewmaster of Goose Island Brewing Co. in Chicago, parted ways with them after the brewery was acquired by AB-Inbev in a landmark acquisition in 2011.

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