Kalamazoo Stillhouse eyes late 2016 opening

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 28 November 2016 10:44 |

The path to opening a distillery can take many twists and turns. Just ask Nic and Joanna Merrill. The couple have been working on The Kalamazoo Stillhouse since 2013, when they purchased the building at 618 East Michigan Ave. Some three years out, they’ve yet to open, but the runway for them to start producing spirits is significantly shorter now. 

All In Good Taste: The art of the cocktail

Written by Missy Black | Thursday, 17 November 2016 13:30 |

Whether it’s a squat rocks glass carrying a perfectly crafted old fashioned or the long stem of a sophisticated martini glass, cocktails have an inherent style that speaks a language of personality and fine taste. It’s the reason you see so many people posing with an upscale drink in their Facebook profile pictures. But where exactly does the fascination come from? Check out these area bars who are creating cocktails that not only please the palate, but are also aesthetically interesting.

Best of the Barkeeps: Get to know your local bartenders

Written by Troy Reimink | Tuesday, 01 November 2016 11:16 |

Bartenders play many roles, depending on the bar and the patron — armchair psychologist, liquid pharmacist, philosopher of debauchery and so on. Between all these roles, they play a valuable (crucial, even) part in the community. Ask pretty much any bargoer their favorite barkeep and the name of at least one enigmatic drink-slinger will rise to the top. 

Earlier this year, Revue asked West Michigan that very question with our Best of the West survey. Here, we chat with the top 3 winners.

Distillers’ Choice: Booze purveyors talk about their favorite spirits and cocktails

Written by Joe Boomgaard and Josh Veal | Monday, 31 October 2016 15:03 |

By nature, distillers are a reflective lot. They make spirits and then often store them away in barrels for years on end to allow the wood and alcohol to mellow into a delicious quaff. That time-consuming process creates opportunities for introspection — and drinking, of course. Revue asked distillery owners from around West Michigan about their favorite spirits and cocktails. Here’s what they had to say. 

Traveling the Cocktail Trail with Coppercraft

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 31 May 2016 15:23 |

Holland-based Coppercraft Distillery plans to make a big splash in its third year as the official spirit for the Tulip Time Festival. 

Fresh off of winning a bronze medal for its Rum and a gold medal and best in class honors for its Cask-Strength Bourbon at the American Distilling Institute Expo last month, the craft distillery partnered with 13 local restaurants on the Copper Trail, a passport promotion running from May 7-31. 

Table Talk: Kate Leeder of Aperitivo

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 31 March 2016 16:26 |

This month I sat down with Kate Leeder: A St. Louis native, closeted Bud Lite fan and co-owner of Aperitivo — a cheese, charcuterie, wine and beer shop at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market (435 Ionia Ave., SW). Bonus: The shop is paired with a bar featuring a sampling of its select stock. 

If you’re looking for someone to geek out with over cheese, or for the best wine to pair with Pringles (yes, Pringles), perhaps you should pay Leeder and her staff a visit. You’ll never look at wine the same way again.

February Booze News

Written by Joe Boomgaard and REVUE staff | Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:27 |

Long Road Distillers' new whisky series, Short's Brewing Co. releases the special edition "Batch 5000", The People's Cider Co. gets a tasting room, plus a huge list of upcoming breweries, meaderies and distilleries.

Last Call: The Jungle Bird at Black Heron Kitchen & Bar

Written by Rei Robinson | Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:18 |

The Black Heron on the West Side of Grand Rapids makes The Jungle Bird with a tincture of the sunset shone warm about the verdant lime wedge. 

In this cocktail, the Campari and pineapple burst onto one’s palate like a phantom grapefruit lemonade inception. This Bird alights upon the tongue.

A Quick Guide to the Local LGBTQ Nightlife

Written by Audria Larsen | Thursday, 03 December 2015 23:38 |

While West Michigan’s LGBTQ nightlife hot spots are not as plentiful as they once were, the raging clubs and quiet bars you can find in our region are legendary.
Whether you’re intent on cruising the night away, showing off your pipes at karaoke or workin’ it in a pageant, here are some Michigan fixtures.

Last Call: Ramos Gin Fizz at Long Road Distillers

Written by Rei Robinson | Monday, 30 November 2015 14:04 |

Learn how to make the Ramos Gin Fizz from Long Road Distillers. Like a tart creamsicle, it’s a perfect confection for any season, guaranteed to make your eyes roll across the floor (in ecstasy).

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