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New Kids in Town: Revue’s guide to breweries that have opened in the past year

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Revue’s guide to breweries that have opened in the past year

Brass Ring Brewing (2404 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids) opened, bringing craft beer to the Alger Heights neighborhood. The brewery offers a simple food menu, with sandwiches, soup, cheese boards and a variety of appetizers. The taplist hosts 10 or so beers focused on executing classic styles well, from ESBs to pilsners, browns and more.

DeHop’s Brewing Co. (363 Cummings Ave. NW, Walker) opened doors in Standale, bringing more craft beer and food to the area, along with a couple pool tables. The brewery has 16 taps, featuring beers like the Cluck Norris, a malty dark beer, and multiple IPAs. The food menu features burgers, salads and more.

Jolly Pumpkin (428 Bridge St. SW, Grand Rapids) joined the Bridge Street renaissance with 20 of its signature wild, farmhouse and sour beers, along with 12 North Peak taps for the more guarded palate. The Dexter-based brewery took over Black Heron’s previous space, featuring a comfortable taproom with counter service and delicious food. 

Three Blondes Brewing (1875 Phoenix St.) opened doors down in South Haven. Launched by three (blonde) sisters and their husbands, the brewery is attached to their parents’ VanDerZee Motorplex. Head Brewer Jake Demski comes from Greenbush Brewing Co. and is brewing up a wide variety of beers.

Hopland Brewstillery (977 Butternut Dr., Holland) arrived, offering original beer and spirits, such as Blue Waves, a blueberry brandy. Hopland plans to add alcoholic kombucha, cold brew nitro coffee and more.

Tantrick Brewing Co. (633 Hooker Dr., Allegan) opened with a solid selection of classic brews, like the Tilted Kolsch, Golden Mosaic Smash and Hopademic IPA. Musicians gather to perform, while local food trucks arrive occasionally to offer food for the laid-back taproom out in Allegan.

Wax Wings Brewing Co. (3480 Gull Rd., Kalamazoo) opened with bold, interesting brews, from double IPAs to mixed-culture saisons and a blueberry sour with lactose and vanilla.

Cognito Brewing Co. (142 W. Monroe St., Bangor) opened within the Bangor Elevator, an event space created from a restored grain elevator. The brewery hosts a variety of beers, leaning toward malty and darker styles over IPAs.

ConfluxCity Brewing Co. (110 N. Water St., Portland) is the latest stop on the way to Lansing, brewing up all kinds of IPAs, sours, cream ales and more. The brewery is all about community and family, hosting live music and sports-viewing sessions regularly.

The Decatur-based Final Gravity Brewing Co. opened a new location at 246 N. Burdick St., Kalamazoo. The brewery continues to keep up-to-date with the latest styles, such as the Exsiccated Brute IPA and the Mango Gose.

Latitude 42 Brewing Co. opened a second location at 6101 W. Main St., Kalamazoo, expanding the reach of many area favorites, such as the Nectar of the Goddess, a blood orange, passionfruit, honey wheat ale. The new site has nearly 20 taps, along with burgers, pizzas, tacos and other entrees.

Alongside unique food — such as the fried green tomato sandwich — TwoGuys Brewing (2356 Porter St. SW, Wyoming) brought beer to Wyoming, and plenty of it. Fans love brews like the Mosaic Quest IPA and Black Hole Sun, a smoked and salted saison.

Kayla Rae Cellars (31 Courtland St., Rockford) introduced its own onsite brewery in the form of MI Brewery, currently serving beers on tap alongside rotating, seasonal hard ciders and sangria.

Big Lake Brewing’s new spot at 13 W. 7th St., Holland is ready to visit. You’ll find small plates, sandwiches, pizza and more, plus some dang good beer.

The Mitten Brewing Co. opened a third location at 329 Water St., Saugatuck. The new location offers Mitten’s signature pizzas and beers, including the Country Strong IPA and Triple Crown Brown.

Gravel Bottom Brewery’s (452 Ada Dr. SE Suite #100, Ada) new location is open for business. The new bar has 20 taps, a larger production facility, more room for customers and a new kitchen with locally sourced, seasonal dishes.

Railtown Brewing Company (3595 68th St. SE, Dutton) expanded in a huge way to a building next to its original strip mall location. The new space has two floors, an outdoor patio, twice as much seating as the last taproom and an in-house kitchen, for the first time in the brewery’s life.

Kelsey Block Brewing Co. (41 N. Main St., Three Rivers) is a small, community-centered brewery bringing beer to the people of Three Rivers, including cask, S.M.A.S.H. and pale ales. The food menu features a handful of bar food options. 

North Channel Brewing (86 Washington St., Manistee) opened last year with a lot of personality and impressive beers, such as the NoCha APA and the Admiral Piles, an imperial pilsner. The brewery also has a large menu featuring BBQ, tacos, burgers, sandwiches and more.

South Haven Brewpub (515 Williams St., South Haven) moved into the lower level of the Old Harbor Inn, offering a wide variety of self-made brews — from a blood orange gose to a cookie stout — alongside guest beers from other local breweries. The food menu hosts burgers, sandwiches, wraps and pizza.

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