When helping to create Buffalo Traders Lounge, Grand Rapids’ latest cocktail bar, Duncan McCargar decided that we as a city had skipped a step in our zeal for specialty spirits. “It was like we tried to be New York’s inventive cocktail scene before we ever even had a place to get a reliable classic.” Truth.
After a year in planning, Grand Rapids-based Brewery Vivant has launched a new flagship IPA.
At some point in most craft beer drinkers’ lives, they move from the stale kegs of pale fizzy mass-market beers in young adulthood or college to something with more substance. For craft brewers around the state, that first experience of brews beyond the stale set them on a sometimes circuitous paths toward brewing beers to their liking. Revue spoke with six regional brewery owners to discuss the drink that set them on their careers.
In an unending game of one upmanship, brewers are always looking for strange ingredients and off-the-wall techniques to bring their crazy concoctions to their fervent fans. Here are a few of the weirder beers we’ve heard about lately.
If the West Michigan craft beer and hard rock community had a superhero, it would have to be Sharkman. By day, he’s a mild-mannered husband and father who runs a painting business. By night, he dons his old-school denim jacket laden with dozens of patches, puts on his mirrored shades, slips on a few skull rings and goes “Shark Style,” spinning vintage metal and classic rock from his sizable collection of LPs.
As the movement to legalize recreational marijuana gains steam in Michigan, many craft breweries have started to take notice. On their minds is a key concern: Would legalizing pot negatively affect sales of craft beer?
A few places to find beer mingled with your food — including mussels, french fries and even chocolate.
Revue spoke with brewmeisters John Stewart of Perrin Brewing Co., Laura Houser of Founders Brewing and Matt Peterson of Cedar Springs Brewing.
If you ask Michiganders what M-43 is, they might answer that it’s a Michigan highway. But after the summer of 2017, many will assume you’re talking about the beer. Old Nation Brewing Co. rocketed onto the craft scene this year with M-43, a New England IPA, that has taken beer lovers by storm.
The nationwide New England IPA trend shows no signs of fading, but there’s a lot more brewing in the local beer scene for the rest of 2017 and beyond.
Craft beer enthusiasts deride the mass-produced American lager style as fizzy yellow beer, macro swill or lawnmower beer — in a word, they’re boring — but even boring beer sells.
If you are going to reach for a macro lager, you might as well know which ones taste the best. To help in that decision-making process, Revue conducted a blind tasting of 20 beers using a panel of expert tasters from four West Michigan craft breweries.
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