Java Junkies: Michigan coffee beers, rated

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:15 |

The top-rated selection in a blind tasting of Michigan-made coffee-themed beers happens to be from a lakeshore brewery that’s making some waves of its own. 

Darkstar Stout from Holland-based Big Lake Brewing LLC earned top honors in the Revue coffee beer taste off. The beer slightly edged out selections from Short’s Brewing Co. and Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.

New Year, New You: It’s time to eat some salad

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:10 |

Well, it’s a new year. We’ve all white-knuckled our way through the first full year of our 45th President, and perhaps our self-care routines have lapsed a little? I know mine have! So let’s eat right. 

Here’s my experience on a one-day tour of salads from around Grand Rapids, some from rookie establishments and some old favorites.

Last Call: Wicked & Funky Cold Medina at One Bourbon

Written by Nick Macksood, photos by Katy Batdorff | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:38 |

One Bourbon owner Meagan Freriks throws together two of the Bridge Street tavern's signature mixes: "Wicked" and "Funky Cold Medina."

Last Call: Ginger Vertigo at Harmony Eastown

Written by Nick Macksood, photos by Katy Batdorff | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:30 |

Revue visits Harmony Brewing Company in Eastown, where bartender Matt Rettinger mixes one of Harmony's signature cocktails, the Ginger Vertigo.

Beer in Review: A Year in Beer

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 07 December 2017 09:48 |

Confession time: I’ve fallen out of love with IPAs.

Call it palate fatigue, call it a reaction to too many bad/unbalanced beers in the marketplace, but my beer of choice has shifted quite a bit in the last year. Now, I still like the style and I enjoy tasting the flavors of different hops, but the thought of drinking a hop bomb really turns me off. 

Q&A: Seth Rivard and Jeff Sheehan, Co-owners, Rockford Brewing Co.

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 07 December 2017 09:22 |

Rockford Brewing Co. scored big in the competition at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. Revue sat down with owners Seth Rivard and Jeff Sheehan to discuss the praise the brewery’s been receiving and how they’re not letting it get to their heads. 

Last Call: Loving Cup Sazerac at Rockwell Republic

Written by Nick Macksood, photos by Katy Batdorff | Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:57 |

Learn how to make one of Rockwell Republic's signature cocktails and watch manager Devin Vranich take a blowtorch to a sprig of rosemary.

Sweet vs. Savory: Where to satisfy your need for pie

Written by Kim Kibby | Wednesday, 01 November 2017 09:52 |

For Thanksgiving, you could make your own pies, but to save time (or save face, if your crust game is lacking), leave it to the pros. Whether you're looking for the perfect dessert for a get-together or craving something hot and hearty, we’ve got you covered. 

High-ABV, bourbon barrel-aged beers can do well in the cellar, meaning that their flavors can develop over time, mellow out and even improve. 

But it begs the question of whether age does these beers any favors and at what age they begin to fall off. 

To find out, I pulled from my cellar a five-year vertical of KBS from Founders Brewing Co. spanning the years of 2013 through 2017 and convinced my cohorts at Revue to conduct a blind tasting. 

Table Talk: Ed Collazo, City Built Brewing

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:54 |

This month, Revue sat down with Ed Collazo of City Built Brewing to talk about the recently opened brewery’s clinical approach to beer and a 101 course on Puerto Rican food, including some choice words about taco styles. In short: two corn tortillas are one corn tortilla too much. Food fight?

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