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Letter from the Editor

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Let’s be honest: Craft beer is here to stay.

Even after all these years, quite a few more breweries are opening than are closing, not to mention all the breweries expanding with larger taprooms, more production space, and increased presence on shelves.

As alternatives like hard seltzer arrive, we may see some of the beer fervor simmer down, but breweries are adapting with their own hard seltzers and low-cal, low-ABV beers. Bell’s Light Hearted Ale retains some of the classic Two Hearted flavor but with half the ABV and basically the same calories as a hard seltzer.

Meanwhile, some breweries are also seeing what they can do — both in terms of practicality and legality — with cannabis and beer. Then there are places like Arvon Brewing, flourishing without any real gimmicks, just quality craft beer.

In our annual Beer Issue, we take a look at all these brews and more, with a massive brewery guide, a rundown of new and closed breweries, and even a look at some of the year’s worst beer trends.

If you want the real inside scoop, check out our chat with beer gurus Ben Darcie and Katie Spayde, who host the podcast In MI Pint. They’re knowledgeable, insightful and not afraid to get into the deep stuff. Our writer talked with them for nearly two hours, if that tells you anything.

Beyond beer, we have some big news: Revue has been acquired by Serendipity Media! The woman-owned company already puts out some amazing publications that you might have seen, such as West Michigan Woman, Teach & Travel, and Broadway Spotlight.

We’ll miss former publisher Brian Edwards, editor and “beer czar” Joe Boomgaard, and copy editor Claire Boomgaard. They’re the ones who not only got me to where I am  now, but also turned Revue into a thriving magazine after some bleak years in the early aughts.

That being said, we’re incredibly excited to join the team at Serendipity, led by Publisher Kasie Smith and Editorial Director Amy L Charles. You should expect to see some slight changes in the months and years ahead, but only for the better. Revue is ready to grow.

’Til next time, 
Josh Veal, Managing Editor

 

What's inside this month:

On the Cover: Kati Spayde and Ben Darcie, hosts of In MI Pint. Photo By Seth Thompson

Scene: What’s Going On, Biz Beat, Potshots, Style Notes: Fashion in the Family, Thriller Chiller

Sounds: Moon Hooch, Judy Collins, May Erlewine

The Beer Issue: Brewery News, Beer Events, Arvon Brewing, Worst Beer Trends, Food and Beer Pairing, In MI Pint: A Conversation, Most Memorable Beers, Beer & Cannabis, Drinking Dictionary, Brewery Guide

Dining & Drinking: Chicken Sandwiches

 

Revue Arts

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

 



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