Brewers have used the season as a reason for making holiday-themed craft beers, which simply serve to distract drinkers from the many dozens of styles out there that are just so much better tasting (at least in this writer’s opinion). Regardless of our predilections for other styles, we decided to set aside our War on Christmas Beers for a day to see how they stacked up.
Learn how to make the Ramos Gin Fizz from Long Road Distillers. Like a tart creamsicle, it’s a perfect confection for any season, guaranteed to make your eyes roll across the floor (in ecstasy).
In anticipation of the 8th annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival, Reserve Wine & Food held a special “Meat & Greet” event on Nov. 13 to provide a little window into the type of palate-pleasing food this featured restaurant will offer festival goers.
In celebration of Grand Rapids Cocktail Week, on Sunday, Nov. 22 the UICA and Grand Rapids Downtown Market are hosting a hands-on cocktail class from 3–5 p.m. at the market and are pairing it with a 5:30 p.m. screening of the 2013 documentary Hey Bartender at the UICA.
Most people look at imperial stouts as big, thick malt bombs. While they are indeed all of those, they’re also nuanced pours, often infused with savory, roasty flavors (coffee and chocolate, in particular) and sweet aromas. We assembled nine Michigan-made imperial stouts from those available at the time and from the cellar and decided to see which ones we liked best in a blind tasting.
Craft distilleries are opening at a pace that probably has the teetotalling proponents of Prohibition turning over in their graves. The influx of neighborhood distilleries surely has the fine people of West Michigan careening into the rapture, glasses filled with craft bourbon in each hand. But the truth of the matter is a little less ominous as the rash of new craft distilleries has far more to do with the growing craft movement in general than it does with the end times.
The rise of Michigan-made craft beer may have displaced the art of mixology in local drinking culture, but the two beverage worlds are starting to converge. That’s because the same craftsmanship and attention to quality and flavors that’s present in craft beer has seen a renaissance of sorts with cocktails in recent years, according to HopCat’s David Zick.
West Michigan is overflowing with trendy new breweries, but lest we forget the old fashioned watering hole. From where to score the best Happy Hour deals to the budding Cocktail Renaissance, this special guide is all about the local pubs and taverns. Because lists are fun, here’s a roundup of some must-visit places to get a good cocktail.
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