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.
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.
Everyone needs a little variety meals or where’s the fun in eating? Well now is your chance to kick boredom to the curb and check out Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids Aug. 13-24. More than 60 participating restaurants will feature menus even bigger, better and exclusively for this week. Here is a glimpse at what some restaurants are offering.
While most markets are up and running for the majority of the year, now is the time to stock up on limited-time goodies like heirloom tomatoes, juicy blueberries and crunchy greens. But there's more than just fresh produce at the five West Michigan farmers' markets below. So hurry up and find out what's unique about each.
After the success of the original Cranker's Coney Island in Big Rapids, Jim Crank Sr. pursued a second location in Mt. Pleasant. He called on his son, Jim Crank Jr., to return to Big Rapids from Massachusetts, where he was playing Hockey for Umass, to take up the family business.
Put down your brews and listen up, Grand Rapidians: the Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest has been rescheduled from its previous when and where. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the festival will now be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Heartside Park from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are still available, and if you already bought some, don’t worry: all previously purchased tickets will be honored at the festival.
When enjoying beer, it’s easy to forget about the more aesthetic side of the craft beer experience: the coaster. Kind of like the album art to the beer’s music, we often fail to notice the work that goes into the design of those coasters as we enjoy our beer. Thanks to a new contest brought to us by the good people at Experience Grand Rapids, SpringHill Suites North, plus a slew of local GR breweries and bars, that might change.
There's really no reason to stay indoors during a West Michigan summer, especially on days where the sun doesn't do down til 10 p.m. So much to do, and so much time. Make the most of this month by exploring your outdoor feasting and cocktail hour festivities near and far.
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