Fish On: Thirsty Trout laps up top porter honors

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Saturday, 31 December 2016 11:26 |

Call us traditionalists at Revue, but if you’re dosing your beers with a bunch of flavors, we become very suspicious that you’re trying to cover up mistakes. 

Perhaps that’s why the top three porters we rated in our recent taste-off all fell into the traditional American or English style with no artificial flavoring. Read on to find out how we ranked almost a dozen Michigan porters.

CUISINAL CLAIRVOYANCE: Revue’s Official 2017 Predictions for the West Michigan Dining & Drinking Scene

Written by Troy Reimink / Illustrations by Anthony Carpenter | Friday, 30 December 2016 12:47 |

Last year was a rough one for the credibility of media predictions, but here’s something we can state with absolute confidence: West Michigan’s star will continue to rise as a food destination. Or maybe it won’t! There’s no science to this, really.

In the spirit of quasi-informed speculation, Revue presents its list of Official 2017 Predictions for the eating/drinking scene in West Michigan. We stake our reputation on the inevitability of each of the following things 100 percent happening exactly as described. (Not really.) (It’s made-up.) (All of it.)

Forward to the Past

Written by Troy Reimink | Monday, 05 December 2016 18:19 |

The future of West Michigan dining is here, and it feels a lot like the past. See examples from the oldest restaurant in Grand Rapids (Cherie Inn) and a new eatery (The Lazy Susan).

Destination: Comstock Park

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 05 December 2016 10:22 |

Comstock Park has the distinction of being neither a city nor a village nor a township, but the area has recently come to be defined, at least in part, as a destination for fans of craft beverages.

Revue hit the road to see what’s fermenting in Comstock Park, given all the new options coming online. Here’s what we found out.

Consistency on Tap: The rise of draft cocktails

Written by Troy Reimink | Monday, 28 November 2016 10:54 |

Mixed drinks from a tap. The very idea seems almost … sacrilegious, somehow, doesn’t it?

But with craft distilleries putting a deeper footprint in West Michigan’s food and beverage economy, spirit-makers are embracing yet another big-city trend — the draft cocktail. While the idea is relatively new, establishments in the area have found undeniable upsides to the format.

Kalamazoo Stillhouse eyes late 2016 opening

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 28 November 2016 10:44 |

The path to opening a distillery can take many twists and turns. Just ask Nic and Joanna Merrill. The couple have been working on The Kalamazoo Stillhouse since 2013, when they purchased the building at 618 East Michigan Ave. Some three years out, they’ve yet to open, but the runway for them to start producing spirits is significantly shorter now. 

All In Good Taste: The art of the cocktail

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 17 November 2016 13:30 |

Whether it’s a squat rocks glass carrying a perfectly crafted old fashioned or the long stem of a sophisticated martini glass, cocktails have an inherent style that speaks a language of personality and fine taste. It’s the reason you see so many people posing with an upscale drink in their Facebook profile pictures. But where exactly does the fascination come from? Check out these area bars who are creating cocktails that not only please the palate, but are also aesthetically interesting.

Best of the Barkeeps: Get to know your local bartenders

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:16 |

Bartenders play many roles, depending on the bar and the patron — armchair psychologist, liquid pharmacist, philosopher of debauchery and so on. Between all these roles, they play a valuable (crucial, even) part in the community. Ask pretty much any bargoer their favorite barkeep and the name of at least one enigmatic drink-slinger will rise to the top. 

Earlier this year, Revue asked West Michigan that very question with our Best of the West survey. Here, we chat with the top 3 winners.

Truck Yeah! GR gets friendly with food trucks

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:48 |

During this year’s ArtPrize, downtown Grand Rapids was filled with the expected sights — oversized artwork, misused crosswalks, the guy riding a fish bicycle. But there was a surprise greeting visitors who flocked to the eighth-annual event: Food trucks. All over the place. With lines in front of them.

Distillers’ Choice: Booze purveyors talk about their favorite spirits and cocktails

Written by Joe Boomgaard and Josh Veal | Monday, 31 October 2016 15:03 |

By nature, distillers are a reflective lot. They make spirits and then often store them away in barrels for years on end to allow the wood and alcohol to mellow into a delicious quaff. That time-consuming process creates opportunities for introspection — and drinking, of course. Revue asked distillery owners from around West Michigan about their favorite spirits and cocktails. Here’s what they had to say. 

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