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.

Sponsored Content: Grand Rapids Restaurant Week Menus

Written by Austin Phillips | Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:18 |

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.

Gluten Free Girl: Martell’s

Written by Kelli Belanger | Monday, 28 July 2014 11:37 |

Head to Martell’s – tucked away inside Parkview Hills – for gluten-free dining options with an Italian flair.

Taste This: Highlighting Some of Our Local Farmers Markets

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Friday, 25 July 2014 15:48 |

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.

August Microbrews: Cranker's Coney Island

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 25 July 2014 15:24 |

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.

Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest rescheduled for Sept. 13

Written by Alex Connolly | Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:42 |

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.

Beer City Coaster Contest Raises a Glass to Coaster Art

Written by Alex Connolly | Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:37 |

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.

Gluten Free Girl: One Trick Pony

Written by Kelli Belanger | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:54 |

Having a gluten-free option at a restaurant is fabulous, but being able to choose from more than 13 options is almost unheard of, unless you find yourself inside One Trick Pony.

Outdoor Spots To Drink & Dine

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:41 |

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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