Beer in Review: A Year in Beer

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 07 December 2017 09:48 |

Confession time: I’ve fallen out of love with IPAs.

Call it palate fatigue, call it a reaction to too many bad/unbalanced beers in the marketplace, but my beer of choice has shifted quite a bit in the last year. Now, I still like the style and I enjoy tasting the flavors of different hops, but the thought of drinking a hop bomb really turns me off. 

Q&A: Seth Rivard and Jeff Sheehan, Co-owners, Rockford Brewing Co.

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 07 December 2017 09:22 |

Rockford Brewing Co. scored big in the competition at this year’s Great American Beer Festival. Revue sat down with owners Seth Rivard and Jeff Sheehan to discuss the praise the brewery’s been receiving and how they’re not letting it get to their heads. 

High-ABV, bourbon barrel-aged beers can do well in the cellar, meaning that their flavors can develop over time, mellow out and even improve. 

But it begs the question of whether age does these beers any favors and at what age they begin to fall off. 

To find out, I pulled from my cellar a five-year vertical of KBS from Founders Brewing Co. spanning the years of 2013 through 2017 and convinced my cohorts at Revue to conduct a blind tasting. 

With Hop Field, Brewery Vivant launches new flagship Farmhouse IPA

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:55 |

After a year in planning, Grand Rapids-based Brewery Vivant has launched a new flagship IPA.

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.

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