Not Too Much of a Good Thing: Meeting alcohol in the middle

Written by Jack Raymond | Wednesday, 27 February 2019 17:13 |

Prohibition — “the noble experiment” — was a complete, counterintuitive failure. The hooch got dirtier, the crime messier, the consumption higher. Even Congress, the arbiters of such bogus legislation, had their own bootlegger, “The Man in the Green Hat”, who snuck whiskey, moonshine, scotch and more to members of office. Surprise, it didn’t stick.

To pour a glass of Perrin Brewing Co.’s Clear Coast is to perform a mind trick. Apart from the microscopic bubbles popping in and out of existence, the seltzer looks more like water than water. And yet it does water one better, with a secret ingredient: alcohol. This here’s LaCroix gone wild.

Skip or Sip: Local alternatives to macro swill

Written by Jack Raymond | Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:13 |

Cracking open a Bud Light bottle is a lot like stepping into a pair of old slippers. They’re comfy and familiar, but kind of stink. You wouldn’t bring them out around company. While domestics serve their purpose, microbreweries have improved upon cheap beer’s blueprints, creating remarkable beers that are still light, approachable and affordable. That said, they’re not always easy to find. When the wall of craft beer towers like the library of Babel, it can feel like a safer bet to grab that six-pack of Blue Moon. Old habits die hard, but here are some suggestions from around Michigan to ease the transition from macro to micro.

Last Call: Linear

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:37 |

Linear’s own Cliff Ensing treated us to a bounty of cocktails, on menu and off, while reminding us that Linear’s happy hour (3-6 p.m. every day) is one of the best around. Half off signature cocktails, draft beers and wine glasses is not so bad! You didn’t really mean you were going to the gym more often this year, did you?

New Beer Resolutions: Brewers look forward to a new year

Written by Jack Raymond | Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:16 |

It’s OK to be a little scared of the future: the polar ice caps melting and flooding our metropolises, robots snacking on our bodies for battery power, the inevitable heat death of the universe. It’s all a bit much.

Hunter Gatherers: Long Road Distillers takes no shortcuts with its MICHIGIN

Written by Josh Veal | Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:59 |

Tucked safely between the peninsulas, Beaver Island is a singular place, untethered from time and unburdened by the mainland’s concerns.

Whiskey Point Brewing hopes to lure craft aficionados to Michigan’s Emerald Isle

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:57 |

Lake Michigan’s largest island may seem like a world away, but it’s about to join a revolution that’s been spreading like wildfire on the mainland. 

Nine Beers That Shine: Looking back on some of 2018’s best brews

Written by Jack Raymond | Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:05 |

As we look back on the year behind us, some beers stand out more than the others. Whether they’re complex and creative or balanced and refined, it’s hard to forget those brews that shine. Here are some of our favorites. 

Sip, munch and cheers: Cocktail Week GR

Written by Elma Talundzic | Friday, 02 November 2018 14:37 |

Grand Rapids proudly holds the title of Beer City, but it’s safe to say there is some major talent in crafting other libations. If you prefer a stiffer drink, throw on a suit or your little black dress and join Cocktail Week GR as it enters its fourth year of celebrating Michigan craft spirits.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Brewery: New GR-area breweries prioritize community

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 30 October 2018 10:34 |

Brewery taprooms inherently serve as gathering spots for their surrounding communities. 

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