For many consumers, their connection to a particular craft beer starts not with the liquid itself, but with the artwork on the can or bottle as it sits on the store shelf.
It’s a sad day, West Michigan diners. Muskegon’s quirky and comforting Mia & Grace has closed. The downtown Skeetown bistro, which featured sensational items like the Duck PB&J sandwich and beef tongue schnitzel, shut its doors in late August so owners Jamie and Jeremy Paquin can take a day off occasionally and focus on new endeavors, including their wood-fired pizza restaurant, whistle punk.
Restaurant Week Grand Rapids kicks off today and will go through Aug. 23. For information on all the festivities and events, visit restaurantweekgr.com. Meanwhile, REVUE has taken the liberty of highlighting a list of some restaurants participating this year and giving you the scoop on what you can expect. Take a gander.
In case you forgot, it’s almost time for ArtPrize. To benefit the annual celebration of artistic renderings of Jesus and assorted other professional and amateur artworks, Founders Brewing Co. is again releasing a beer to correspond with the competition. This year’s brew, Spectra Trifecta, is a traditional Kolsch style made with chamomile, ginger and lemongrass. Look for it in six packs of 12-ounce bottles starting in September (or slightly beforehand).
After nearly three years of planning, Kelly Rozema Finchem and Luke Finchem have finally realized their dream of opening a craft brewery in West Michigan. The creators of Dutch Girl Brewing Inc. employed a different startup philosophy than most brewery owners in that they launched their company with plenty of room to grow.
A fixture on the coast of downtown Grand Haven, the Pronto Pups stand has undergone few, if any, changes since it sold its first pup 68 years ago. And second generation owner Carl Nelson is just fine with that. “We only serve one thing, so when you walk up to the window we don’t ask you what you want, we ask you how many you want,” Nelson said. “There’ll never be anything more or anything less. The system we have right now is a well-oiled machine.”
Traverse City may be known for its cherries and wine, but the Northwest Michigan town has been slowly making a name for itself because of its thriving craft beer scene. The city of around 15,000 people has no fewer than 10 microbreweries or brewpubs — and that’s not even counting many more beer producers that continue to pop up in nearby towns like Acme, Lake Ann and Suttons Bay. (Lest you fudgies forget: Short’s Brewing Co. is actually based 40 miles away in Bellaire.)
With all of the junk food served at festivals, you might need a detox. One option is juicing. For some, the words juice cleanse conjures up an image of self-inflicted suffering, sacrifice, and near-starvation. And then there’s the price tag (not cheap), and the connotation (Gwyneth-y), and the crimp it puts in your social life (goodbye bars, hello board games). I get it, but I’ve done the juice cleanse more than once and experienced positive results.
Sitting next to a crackling hickory fire outside Saugatuck’s new fried chicken-and-barbecue joint The Southerner, chef Matthew Millar reflected on this moment in his career, which finds him going back to his roots. “I’m a blue-collar guy,” Millar said. “I never wanted to be an artist. I always wanted to be somebody who just did something well.”
We scoured West Michigan in search of sweet treats. Here's where to go for donuts, pastries, cupcakes, tarts and more to satisfy your sweet tooth. Make sure to drool-proof your keyboards before reading.
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