The rise of Michigan-made craft beer may have displaced the art of mixology in local drinking culture, but the two beverage worlds are starting to converge. That’s because the same craftsmanship and attention to quality and flavors that’s present in craft beer has seen a renaissance of sorts with cocktails in recent years, according to HopCat’s David Zick.
West Michigan is overflowing with trendy new breweries, but lest we forget the old fashioned watering hole. From where to score the best Happy Hour deals to the budding Cocktail Renaissance, this special guide is all about the local pubs and taverns. Because lists are fun, here’s a roundup of some must-visit places to get a good cocktail.
Cygnus 27 is changing its tune with the addition of its new chef Tim Moreno. The restaurant is taking on a new flavor as it changes guards with new manager Manny Rivera and his Latin-influenced freshman chef. Formerly featuring heavily Asian-infused cuisine, Cygnus 27’s new menu has turned its attention to south of the border thanks to the Mexican heritage of Chef Moreno
If you’re familiar with the television cooking show Iron Chef, then you’re at least familiar with the general premise of the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild’s Iron Bartender competition. It’s pretty simple: Bring in some talented culinary professionals, throw some surprise ingredients at them and see the creative ways they use said ingredients to create something delectable.
They don’t make ‘em like they used to. That’s how the saying goes, anyway. And at Nick Fink’s, the oldest bar in Grand Rapids, they’re absolutely fine with that adage. While developers are continually constructing flashy, new breweries and trendy pubs across the state, other more ripened watering holes hang their hats on heritage.
New Holland Brewing Co. operates within its walls and shares the space with its own distillery. With craft beer and spirits being created under the same roof, collaborations happen, often forming products concocted from both worlds. Here are a few.
Of the 242 winners at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Boulder, Colo. five West Michigan breweries walked away with medals for their beer.
Let's drop a scenario on ya. You're stranded on a desert island, but luckily, your favorite custom six-pack of beer survived the ship wreck. What beers are in that sixer? We asked some of the area's brightest craft beer minds. Here's what they said.
Say you’re headed to Chicago but you have some time to kill or you’re looking for an escape from your normal haunts and want to check out something new. The southwest corner of Michigan offers a quick getaway, and more importantly, plenty of beer options.
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