Letter from the Editor

Beer is always changing.

Over millennia, the grain-based beverage has gone through phases of simplicity and complexity. Medieval drinkers would hardly recognize a barrel-aged Russian imperial stout or double IPA as beer — in fact, some modern visitors to the states feel the same way today. 

But as Americans, it’s our duty to take beer to its most ridiculous limits. If you can think of a flavor, we’ve somehow managed a way to work it into a beer, whether it tastes good or not. 

Meanwhile, new breweries continue to open at a rate that outpaces those closing doors — for now, anyway. The explosive enthusiasm for craft beer may not be where it was a few years ago, but it’s less of a bubble popping and more like brakes being pumped. Beer drinkers are becoming more discerning and more knowledgeable, which means breweries have to step up their game.

In that regard, West Michigan does not disappoint. Local breweries continue to refine their craft, try new styles and keep up with the trends, all while connecting with their communities as much as possible. When a brewery opens or closes, social media posts are all the evidence you need to see the impact on the surrounding area.

So, in this issue, we dive deep into our region’s offerings, looking at emerging styles, new breweries, weird beers and more. You’ll find insight into beer’s past, present and future from local bar managers, brewers and, of course, Revue’s knowledgeable staff. 

Whether you’re looking to head up across the bridge, drink West Michigan’s best Oktoberfest brew or find a new favorite beer bar, we’ve got you covered.

’Til next time, 
Josh Veal, Managing Editor

 

What's inside this month:

On the Cover: Jak Mercer, Logan’s Alley - Photo By Seth Thompson

Beer Issue: Beer Trends, Pure Mitten Hop Farms, Michigan Beer Products, Weird Beers, UP Beer Scene, Beer Bars, 10 Definitive West Michigan Beers, Beer Events, Oktoberfest Taste-off, Brewery Guide, New Brewery Guide

Music: Young The Giant, Lamp Light, AØK Album Release

Dining & Drinking: Last Call: Reserve Wine & Food

Scene: What’s Going on, Biz Beat, Style Notes: Black by Popular Demand

Sights: Seasonal: The Haunt, Halloween Events

 

Revue Arts

Visual arts, classical and jazz music, theater, arts event previews and more. (See the center of this issue)

 



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