Passing the Torch: Laura Bell takes over as CEO of Bell’s Brewery

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 06 March 2017 11:42 |

When Laura Bell was 2 months old, her dad founded what would go on to become the largest brewery in Michigan and the seventh largest craft beer maker in the country. 

Revue Taste-Off: The ‘What’s New’ Edition

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:32 |

We define “new” loosely at Revue. Some of these beers have been around before, but they’re new to us, so that’s reason enough to check them out and let you know what we think. (Note: This was not a blind tasting.)

Last Call: The Barrel from Gray Skies Distillery

Written by Nick Macksood | Saturday, 11 February 2017 12:45 |

Learn how to make our featured cocktail of the month: The Barrel from Gray Skies Distillery.

Something New is Brewing: Experience Grand Rapids launches first-ever Beer Month

Written by Kelly Brown and Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 09 February 2017 15:43 |

When you live in a city where beer is king, it feels like every month is “beer month.” But this February, Experience Grand Rapids launches an entire month dedicated to savoring the craft that makes our city great. The month-long celebration runs from Feb. 15 through March 15 and features a handful of events for the novice and beer connoisseur alike.

Liquid Lunch? Breweries embrace niche food to broaden their appeal

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Sunday, 05 February 2017 12:03 |

Whether they like it or not, craft breweries need to pair good food with their beers if they want to attract a diverse clientele. Ask a craft brewery owner these days and they’ll say that while they may lure people in with libations, they often earn repeat customers by pairing the liquid with interesting and well-executed food offerings. 

Revue decided to visit three local neighborhood breweries who are doing just that, to sample their beers and food and see how well that pairing is working. 

Matchbox Diner & Drinks brings fierce competition to Eastown dining scene

Written by Josh Veal | Friday, 03 February 2017 17:44 |

The air of mystery around Matchbox Diner & Drinks finally has been dispelled. Since Brandywine’s Eastown location closed, residents and passersby have wondered what the little spot at 1345 Lake Dr. SE would hold next.

Around the World With Food in Grand Rapids

Written by Elma Talundzic | Friday, 27 January 2017 14:19 |

With new restaurants opening all the time in Grand Rapids, the city continues to put new pins in its global cuisine map. From Bosnian to Ethiopian, restaurateurs make it easier every year to taste what the world has to offer without stepping foot on a plane. Here’s just a small handful of the many local establishments helping us expand our horizons.

Last Call: Cocktail recipe for The Bitter Apple

Written by Maureen Di Virgilio / photos by Katy Batdorff | Friday, 06 January 2017 11:28 |

With the return of Last Call, our goal is to highlight the craft of thoughtful, innovative cocktails created by local bartenders and mixologists. Our first drink, the Bitter Apple, comes from Long Road Distillers’ first-ever “Taking the Long Road Cocktail Competition,” which challenged local bartenders to create a premium libation with Long Road spirits. Maureen Di Virgilio from The Green Well in Grand Rapids walked us through her winning recipe.

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.)

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