While most people likely associate the title of “Beer City” to present-day Grand Rapids, it turns out the city has quite a long history with craft brewing. That was one of the main takeaways author Patrick Evans had in researching his new book, Grand Rapids Beer: An Intoxicating History of River City Brewing, which was published Jan. 26 by The History Press.
Not every occasion calls for a full-bodied IPA. Sometimes, you want the flavor of an IPA without the weight (and responsibility) of a higher alcohol content. That’s why many breweries are debutting new session IPAs, and one of the newest is Slow Ride from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing.
Portage is a new seasonal beer from the veteran brewers at New Belgium Brewing. The label features a gorgeous wooden canoe in a wheeled carrier ready for a portage, reflecting the name of the beer. After prying off the cap, an aggressive pour results in a one-finger head of off-white foam that quickly dissipates.
When winter rolls around, it’s a not-so-subtle cue to start drinking stouts.
There’s just something warming about the roasty and rich coffee flavors featured in so many of the styles that pairs well with the season. These are typically beers with some personality — just like a Pure Michigan winter.
The lowly brown ale never receives the love or fervent adulations that many other popular beer styles get. But that doesn’t mean that craft beer lovers should pass over brown ales. In fact, they’re often very balanced beers with malty, earthy, nutty and rich flavors. They’re also a beer that tends to be somewhat on the sweet side.
Essential Bean has been a part of the Caledonia community since 1999, with two owners before Austin Nichols took over. While the second owner was contemplating moving on, Nichols was working at a Bakery in Grand Rapids, after having completed a baking and pastry degree at GRCC.
The Beer Purity Law be damned! Enacted in 1516, the so-called German “Reinheitsgebot” mandated that beer could only be brewed with three ingredients: water, barley and hops. But it turns out “purity” can also be pretty boring.
In an unassuming building off the main drag in Ypsilanti, a small husband-and-wife-owned operation creates a unique brand of living alcoholic beverages: kombucha beer.
Say what you will about West Michigan, we have an innate ability to vote for ourselves, particularly when it comes to beer.
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