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.

Weekend Getaways: The Up North Drinking Edition

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:21 |

Not that long ago, going up north for the weekend meant stepping back in time by leaving cellphone coverage and craft beverages behind for a few days.

Fruit Loops: Revue tasting panel weighs in on Michigan-made fruit beers

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 10 July 2017 10:25 |

If you want to drink something fruity and alcoholic, we suggest wine, cider or even mead. However, if you’re dead-set against those other ferments and need a fruity Michigan beer, Revue gathered a baker’s dozen of fruit beers made by Michigan breweries and put them before our tasting panel.

Why many breweries approach New England-style IPAs all wrong

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 07 June 2017 10:27 |

Revue’s Beer Czar goes to Vermont to investigate the source of the hottest craze in craft beer.

Try Before You Buy: Beer stores where you can sample brews

Written by Joe Boomgaaard | Tuesday, 02 May 2017 14:24 |

Whenever you buy a new craft beer at the store, you essentially roll the dice on whether you’ll like it. Unlike going to a brewery where servers are happy to let you try a sample, most retail stores typically do not offer consumers a preview. Luckily, that trend is starting to change as new specialty stores create space for small bars, taprooms or filling stations.

HAZE CRAZE: Michigan-made New England-style IPAs take the market by storm

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 03 April 2017 09:50 |

For many craft beer drinkers, tastes in IPAs have started to evolve from the bitter, palate-wrecking hop bombs toward a gentler, juicier flavor. Revue tasted six examples of New England-style or juicy IPAs, with Old Nation’s M-43 leading the pack.

Passing the Torch: Laura Bell takes over as CEO of Bell’s Brewery

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Monday, 06 March 2017 11:42 |

When Laura Bell was 2 months old, her dad founded what would go on to become the largest brewery in Michigan and the seventh largest craft beer maker in the country. 

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