Last Call: New Hotel Mertens

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:08 |

Patrons of New Hotel Mertens may notice that the French restaurant’s cocktail menu is original to the erstwhile hotel in the 1940s. It’s a classic, pre-prohibition era menu gracefully updated with both modern and internationally renowned spirits. 

Brut IPA: The real champagne of beers

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 29 August 2018 17:03 |

With a newly created IPA variation, craft brewers are offering a novel way to showcase hops in a style that falls on the opposite end of the spectrum from the much-hyped New England IPAs. 

IPAs for days

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 30 July 2018 15:16 |

Despite consumers’ shift in recent years to lighter beer styles, most drinkers continue to vote with their dollars for hoppy IPAs, which remain the growth engine for the craft beer industry.

Last Call: Strawberry Lemonade Bomb from Duke's Bar

Written by Nick Macksood | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:45 |

There’s something special about a dive bar in the middle of the day during a workweek. Whether you’ve played hooky and hit the golf course in the morning or you’re an industry vet appreciating your quiet before the storm, dives are always a welcome retreat.

Shandy: A summer dandy

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:29 |

Also: Gose — not so, gross-uh (unless it is)

Last Call: Surf Mother from The Sovengard

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:51 |

It’s biergarten season at the Sovengard again. Longer days, later nights, and spicier cocktails, like the Surf Mother, the Sovengard’s warm weather take on a margarita.

Stay Dry: Michigan-made traditional cider taste-off

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:34 |

Ask Andy Sietsema what makes a good cider, and he’ll tell you it comes down to selecting the best fruit and yeast before fermentation. 

Last Call: Dexy’s Midnight Runners from Green Well

Written by Nick Macksood | Monday, 30 April 2018 11:21 |

The Green Well’s Dexy’s Midnight Runners is a fresh take on a classic English summer cocktail.

The Booze & The Bees: Revue’s guide to mead and cider

Written by Josh Veal and Revue Staff | Friday, 27 April 2018 15:17 |

Fun fact: Cider and mead are both classified as wine, technically. On one hand, some classifications are nonsense — bell peppers are a fruit, according to “scientists,” but we all know that’s ridiculous.

Jason Lummen, owner of The Peoples Cider Co., is a man who wears many hats: proprietor, bartender, van driver and cider wizard, to name a few. He looks like a guy who’s lifted a thousand kegs, because he has. Lummen told me about a recent excursion to the junkyard where he and his son spent the morning ripping door handles off old G-Vans to replace his own. Hard-working and resourceful, his cider company reflects that.

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