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.
Brewery taprooms inherently serve as gathering spots for their surrounding communities.
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Like apple cider and pumpkin pie, beer always hits the spot in the fall. There’s something special about stepping out into cold weather and warming up with a great brew. Here’s a look at some of the upcoming beer bashes that are anything but basic, with food, music and cider in tow.
West Michigan breweries have made a name for themselves with their creativity and ever-improving quality. It’s what’s helped put the region on the map as a beer destination, one that attracts people the world over. This selection is intended to nail down the 10 beers brewed in West Michigan that best exemplify the region’s craft beer. These are not necessarily the 10 best West Michigan-made beers, but rather the creative brews that have helped establish our beer culture, that have helped define the scene — or that helped move it forward.
It would be impossible to list every brewpub, beer bar and taphouse in West Michigan in one article. In fact, it would likely take an entire issue just to cover this side of the Mitten state. But that’s kind of a fantastic problem to have, isn’t it? Us West Michigan folk are spoiled with beer-specific restaurants and bars popping up on almost every corner. Here’s just a sampling of some of the best spots for craft beer lovers around.
For decades, the Mackinac Bridge served as a cultural time machine, transporting visitors back to a bygone era.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was the place where lumberjacks roamed the forests, miners donned their hardhats to search for copper and pasties were part of the daily cuisine. Until recently, Yooper drinking habits also seemed stuck in a forgotten age when choices amounted to various iterations of macro lagers — especially Wisconsin-made staples such as Blatz, Schlitz and PBR — often consumed in mass quantities.
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