West Michigan IPA Face-Off

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:58 |

The ever-popular India Pale Ale serves as a versatile, year-round beer that’s as drinkable on a warm summer day as it is in the heart of winter. They’re also a hotbed of experimentation for brewers, including many of West Michigan’s finest.

‘Sip and stroll’ while you shop at Horrocks

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:18 |

 A growing store in Lansing aims to spice up the typically mundane grocery shopping experience. Starting in July, Horrocks Farm Market opened an in-store tavern with 30 taps of craft beers for patrons to consume while strolling the aisles.

HopCat Expands By Doing Its Own Thing

Written by Nick Manes | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:15 |

After a career in finance, Mark Sellers was semi-retired when he decided to open a bar that was the type of place he wanted to hang out at. And just like that, in 2008, downtown Grand Rapids’ HopCat was born.

Fall and Winter 2014/2015 Beer Events

Written by Lindsey Wylie-Gruen | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:57 |

Keep your fall and winter busy with these events, perfect for craft beer fans.

Soaking In It

Written by Missy Black | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:50 |

Don’t just drink it, dude. Experience Beer City, USA at the Amway Grand Plaza Spa & Salon with beer-inspired services that will entice the guys to sign up for some pampering, too.

Nathan Hukill wants to keep the “micro” in microbrewery. But judging by the quality of the products he’s making, his Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales LLC in Chelsea is going to have to resist a considerable push to scale up production to meet demand.

Biggums' Beer Fest Born Out of Sold-Out BeerFest

Written by Missy Black | Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:13 |

Not being able to get tickets to the annual Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids can wound a person to their core. But it’s nothing a snow blower, some friends and the construction of a giant snow beer cooler can’t fix.

Gluten Free Girl: New Holland Brewing

Written by Kelli Belanger | Monday, 25 August 2014 15:12 |

You may not be able to drink the beer, but you can enjoy handmade gluten free options at New Holland Brewing. While the art of craft beer is celebrated here, New Holland chefs have harnessed an art all their own and infused the menu with thoughtful options. For gluten-free eaters craving fresh pie, choose from seven pizzas, all of which can be made with a gluten-free thin crust. I opted for a brewer’s favorite, the Bacon and Whiskey BBQ pizza.

Taste This: West Michigan Wineries (and Places to Eat Nearby)

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:56 |

It’s still (technically) summer, but the fall months are definitely upon us. Why don't we celebrate rather than lament the change of seasons with a trip to a nearby winery — and a swap of your cold beer with a tasty glass of red or white? You don't have to travel far to sample the many varieties our region offers. 

September Microbrews: Elk Brewing

Written by Ben Darcie | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:47 |

After a long journey, Elk Brewing has finally opened its doors to thirsty beer lovers in Grand Rapids. To owner and headbrewer Eric Karns, the road to open was a trying one that took three years, but it only made the opening and the following success sweeter.

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