Love at First Sip: Craft brewers recount when they converted to craft beer

Written by Nathan Peck | Tuesday, 03 October 2017 15:17 |

At some point in most craft beer drinkers’ lives, they move from the stale kegs of pale fizzy mass-market beers in young adulthood or college to something with more substance. For craft brewers around the state, that first experience of brews beyond the stale set them on a sometimes circuitous paths toward brewing beers to their liking. Revue spoke with six regional brewery owners to discuss the drink that set them on their careers. 

Weird Beers

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 02 October 2017 11:27 |

In an unending game of one upmanship, brewers are always looking for strange ingredients and off-the-wall techniques to bring their crazy concoctions to their fervent fans. Here are a few of the weirder beers we’ve heard about lately. 

Going ‘Shark Style’ with Sharkman: West Michigan’s leading heavy metal DJ and craft beer aficionado

Written by Mark Deming, photos by Katy Batdorff | Monday, 02 October 2017 10:48 |

If the West Michigan craft beer and hard rock community had a superhero, it would have to be Sharkman. By day, he’s a mild-mannered husband and father who runs a painting business. By night, he dons his old-school denim jacket laden with dozens of patches, puts on his mirrored shades, slips on a few skull rings and goes “Shark Style,” spinning vintage metal and classic rock from his sizable collection of LPs. 

As the movement to legalize recreational marijuana gains steam in Michigan, many craft breweries have started to take notice. On their minds is a key concern: Would legalizing pot negatively affect sales of craft beer?

Out of the Bottle, Into the Frying Pan: Cooking with Beer

Written by Maureen Di Virgilio | Monday, 02 October 2017 10:33 |

A few places to find beer mingled with your food — including mussels, french fries and even chocolate.

Behind the Barrels: Sitting down with the brewers of West Michigan

Written by Kelly Brown | Monday, 02 October 2017 10:20 |

Revue spoke with brewmeisters John Stewart of Perrin Brewing Co., Laura Houser of Founders Brewing and Matt Peterson of Cedar Springs Brewing.

Where Do We Go From Beer? Rising styles and trends in the craft beer world

Written by Maureen Di Virgilio | Friday, 29 September 2017 12:17 |

If you ask Michiganders what M-43 is, they might answer that it’s a Michigan highway. But after the summer of 2017, many will assume you’re talking about the beer. Old Nation Brewing Co. rocketed onto the craft scene this year with M-43, a New England IPA, that has taken beer lovers by storm.

The nationwide New England IPA trend shows no signs of fading, but there’s a lot more brewing in the local beer scene for the rest of 2017 and beyond.

Craft beer enthusiasts deride the mass-produced American lager style as fizzy yellow beer, macro swill or lawnmower beer — in a word, they’re boring — but even boring beer sells.

If you are going to reach for a macro lager, you might as well know which ones taste the best. To help in that decision-making process, Revue conducted a blind tasting of 20 beers using a panel of expert tasters from four West Michigan craft breweries.

Beer Bashes and Blowouts

Written by Elma Talundzic | Friday, 29 September 2017 10:52 |

Calling all beer enthusiasts — here’s a look at some of the best upcoming beer events and festivals. If you don’t want to wait until 2018 (assuming the world even lasts that long), don’t miss ’em this time around. 

Thornapple Brewing offers something for every taste

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:31 |

Here’s a common refrain every homebrewer with decent chops has heard dozens of times: “Your beer is really good. You should open a brewery.”

While it may often be a polite declaration from a gracious recipient of free beer, it has nonetheless empowered more than a handful of hobbyists to consider making the leap into the professional leagues. 

However, making that jump is not as easy — or as inexpensive — as it may sound.

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