Grand Rapids is one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest, and it seems likely West Michigan’s ever-growing beer scene is at least somewhat to thank for that.
Even with construction, licensing and finance issues leading to sometimes year-long delays, breweries, brewpubs and craft beer bars continue to open doors throughout the region. Meanwhile, existing breweries are expanding their reach year after year, opening additional taprooms and distributing states away. Yes, a few breweries have closed up shop, but typically for good reason.
As such, our Beer Issue continues to be one of the largest issues of the year. This time, we gathered local brewery owners to determine the best in macro lagers, asked other brewery owners which beer they first fell in love with, and profiled the brewers actually making your beer.
You’ll also find an interview with Sharkman, a DJ/craft beer lover/metalhead/skater/father, a look at how recreational weed may or may not affect craft brews, and a breakdown of what beers may be the next big styles, according to local beer experts.
Even all that doesn’t cover everything ahead — the rest, you’ll just have to see for yourself.