Letter from the Editor

May Cover

Every drink has its time and place.

When you’re sitting on the beach, a nice light beer with lime is in order. Out on a date with some premium steak, that’s when I ask for a bold red. Sitting at home watching a movie on the couch, an Old Fashioned does the trick.

Here at Revue, we’re equal opportunity drinkers. That’s why this month, in what we call our Drinking Issue, we’re diving into just about every alcoholic beverage known to man. The emphasis is on wine and spirits, because beer gets plenty of love as is.

To start, let’s talk about cocktails. It used to feel like a real discovery to find somewhere that went beyond cosmopolitans and martinis, but nowadays, you can’t open a restaurant without having a craft cocktail list ready to go. On top of that, cocktail lounges like Buffalo Traders Lounge and Sidebar are thriving. We talked with both establishments about their recipe for success. Creating some of the best drinks in the state is certainly a start, but the secret ingredient seems to be humility.

Our wine scene is nothing to sneeze at either. Michigan is a top 10 state for wine, measured in gallons produced, number of wineries and economic impact. Thanks to Lake Michigan, the west side of the state is lucky enough to have more than 100 wineries dotting the landscape from Paw Paw to Leelanau. Not only do we have a massive wine directory for you to browse, but we talked to the folks at Speciation Artisan Ales about their new wine label, Native Species. It’s not like any vino you’ve had before. 

Speaking of new ventures, we talk with Brewery Vivant about its “weird cousin,” Broad Leaf Beer. You’ll also find a guide to cider and mead, two of my personal favorite drinks, as well as a look at local cocktail classes and tasting rooms that have it all. 

All in all, even if I do believe that some drinks simply taste better in certain settings, it’s all up to you. When you have this many choices of what to drink, it’s not hard to find the perfect beverage for any given moment. Let’s consider ourselves lucky.

’Til next time, 
Josh Veal, Managing Editor

 

What's inside this month:

On the Cover: Tony Jones, Buffalo Traders Longe. Photographed by Seth Thompson

Scene: What's Going on, Potshots, Biz Beat, Immigration Rights, Style Notes: Fashion Forceast

The Drinking Issue: Snap Shots, Buffalo Traders Lounge & Sidebar, Native Species Natural Wine, West Michigan Wine Directory, Mead and Cider, Cocktail Classes, Beer, Wine & Spirits Combined

Music: Local: Lokella

Dining & Drinking: West Michigan Farmers Markets, Take Out Food, Broad Leaf Local Beer

 

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

 



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