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.

April Microbrews: Walldorff

Written by Ben Darcie | Monday, 24 March 2014 13:36 |

Mike Barnaart is a classically trained chef who spent many years pleasing palates, most recently as the executive chef at Michigan State, but he never forgot his first job out of high school washing dishes at the then-brand-new Arcadia Brewing Company in 1994. This was where he was first introduced to the craft beer scene, and it stuck with him.

The Dude Abides by this Beer Tour

Written by Kyle Hauch | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:56 |

The people over at West Michigan Beer Tours love The Big Lebowski. They love it so much that they have created a beer tour around the Kalamazoo area that is directly inspired by The Dude himself. But you’re probably asking yourself, why beer? Why not a White Russian tour? Well, while on The Big Lebowski Beer Tour, you’ll get the best of both worlds including a specially made White Russian-inspired beer just for the tour.

March Microbrews: Oddside Ales

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:59 |

Everyone has their point of breaking, and for Oddside Ales Founder Chris Michner, it came a few years after graduating college from Michigan State University, where he spent some time homebrewing with a friend. Beer was put on the back burner in favor of education and pursuing a career, and, soon enough, he found himself worn by accounting.

February Microbrews: Cascade Winery & Jaden James Brewery

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 24 January 2014 11:48 |

Many breweries struggle with catering to the entire demographic of their customers. It's just a fact of life that some people don't like beer (WHAT!?), and it can become a very daunting task trying to make all of your customers happy.

January Microbrews: Osgood Brewing Co.

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 27 December 2013 10:58 |

Osgood owner Ronald Denning had been a homebrewer for years, and, like most homebrewers, gained a passion for opening his own brewery. It wasn't until downtown Grandville started a beautification project in early 2012 that the idea for his brewery took shape.

November Microbrews: Gravel Bottom Brewery; Vander Mill Cider

Written by Ben Darcie | Monday, 21 October 2013 11:54 |

In our West Michigan brewery scene, we've just about seen it all. And if there's one thing you need when opening a new brewery in this climate, it's a niche; something to help you stand out and separate yourself from the other breweries — and Gravel Bottom (418 Ada Dr., Ada) has done just that.

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