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.
Yep, it's still cold out, and it's not getting warmer anytime soon. (We're in this together, people.) Along with the urge to hunker down and cozy up, try adding a little heat with food and drink. Seek out these hot-and-spicy options to get your insides back up to normal temps. They're bound to make you feel at least a little better about being in the dead of winter.
I awake, supine, I surmise, seeing only a field of stars. It's cold as bones, twice as wan, snow banking all aside me like tucked bedsheets. The last thing I remember is sinking in a bright, green sea bore in a fishbowl. Now, the inebriate warmth of those tropic waters wash away by wintery waves.
It's that time of year again. Fresh as the snow falling outside your window. Full of promise and potential. Brand-spankin' new. With optimism for our personal growth at a high, we're inspired to think of at least a few ways we can improve ourselves and our lives. Either you've started a list of resolutions already, or you're going to wake up on Jan. 1, power through your hangover and crank out some lofty ambitions for the next 12 months.
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 apple, it’s said, falls not far from the tree. Whether it be opined for shortness of said trees or the gravitational delinquency of apples, one oughta, in autumn, focus first on the fall.
Oh Merriam-Webster, you naive word bible you, defining the hangover vaguely, clinically, as though the symptoms were so simple. Bless your heart. “A severe headache or other after effects...” I guess that’s a start.
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