What Your Beer Says About You

Written by Nolan Krebs | Friday, 20 September 2013 14:48 |

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Ok, so you can't judge a book by its cover. However, others can tell a lot about you just by the beer you are holding in your hand. Find out what your beer is saying about you with our guide below. We even threw in some local microbrew suggestions to suit every palate.

What's the Deal with Hard Cider?

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Friday, 20 September 2013 12:21 |

Legend has it that during the mid-19th century, hard cider (henceforth referred to simply as cider) was a mainstream staple of the old-timey U.S. consumers. In fact, scholars maintain that the alcoholic beverage was so mainstream, a significant part of workers' salaries were paid in cider until some kind of bogus amendment in 1887 made it illegal.

September Microbrews: Cellar Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Monday, 26 August 2013 11:15 |

The story of Cellar Brewing Company begins a little more oddly than most. Chuck Brown was an operations director for Grand Valley State University and was thinking about taking his life in another direction. Being a homebrewer, he began to draw up a business plan to open his own brewery in Allendale. One day, the catering director burst into his office and said there was a brewery for sale on Craigslist.

August Microbrews: Big Lake Brewing

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 26 July 2013 11:56 |

Big Lake Brewing began where most breweries do: homebrewing. Co-owners Nic Winhimius and Travis Prueter had been brewing together since they met in 2007, and, like most homebrewers, aspired to open their own brewery and began laying the tracks.

July Microbrews: Saugatuck Brewing

Written by By Ben Darcie | Thursday, 20 June 2013 11:29 |

Saugatuck Brewing was actually born across the street from its current location on the Blue Star Highway in 2005. The brewery was brought to fruition by founder and brewmaster Barry Johnson, who utilized a 3.5bbl brewhouse to bring his beer to the public in the old taproom, and from the start, the brewery had ambitious plans.

June Microbrews: The People's Cider Co.; Bonfire Brown

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:54 |

In a city nationally recognized for its beer, a new producer has popped up in Grand Rapids – not armed with malt and hops, but rather, apples. The People's Cider Co. has begun distribution out of its new facility in Grand Rapids, marking the city's first cidery.

Owner/Winemaker Jason Lummen's father-in-law was an avid homebrewer and cider maker, which inspired him to put his lifelong love with cider to action.

Brewery Spotlight: Founders Brewing Co.

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 26 April 2013 10:00 |

Founders' growth and current success began in 2007 on Grand Rapids' Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids, nearly 10 years after Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens opened the brewery in the Brassworks Building.

Brewery of the Month: Our Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 22 March 2013 10:52 |

Trevor Doublestein and Dane Sexton have been friends for nearly 12 years. Sexton went to WMU for finance and has held a position with Morgan Stanley for 13 years, while Doublestein went to Columbia for film and worked for his family's construction business in Petoskey.

March Microbrews: Perrin Brewing Co.

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:10 |

Jarred Sper moved to West Michigan in 2010 with an intense love of craft beer, and was intent on starting up a brewery. He had been a homebrewer for years, and upon meeting Randy Perrin, they decided to go all in and work together to make their mutual dream a reality.

February Microbrews: Grand Rapids Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:40 |

Grand Rapids Brewing Company has finally found a home, back where it started: in downtown Grand Rapids. The original brewery opened in 1893 on the corner of Michigan and Ionia, and found itself defeated by Prohibition in 1920.

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