Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest rescheduled for Sept. 13

Written by Alex Connolly | Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:42 |

Put down your brews and listen up, Grand Rapidians: the Grand Rapids Summer Beer Fest has been rescheduled from its previous when and where. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the festival will now be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Heartside Park from 2-6 p.m. Tickets are still available, and if you already bought some, don’t worry: all previously purchased tickets will be honored at the festival.

Beer City Coaster Contest Raises a Glass to Coaster Art

Written by Alex Connolly | Wednesday, 02 July 2014 10:37 |

When enjoying beer, it’s easy to forget about the more aesthetic side of the craft beer experience: the coaster. Kind of like the album art to the beer’s music, we often fail to notice the work that goes into the design of those coasters as we enjoy our beer. Thanks to a new contest brought to us by the good people at Experience Grand Rapids, SpringHill Suites North, plus a slew of local GR breweries and bars, that might change.

Gluten Free Girl: One Trick Pony

Written by Kelli Belanger | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:54 |

Having a gluten-free option at a restaurant is fabulous, but being able to choose from more than 13 options is almost unheard of, unless you find yourself inside One Trick Pony.

Outdoor Spots To Drink & Dine

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:41 |

There's really no reason to stay indoors during a West Michigan summer, especially on days where the sun doesn't do down til 10 p.m. So much to do, and so much time. Make the most of this month by exploring your outdoor feasting and cocktail hour festivities near and far.

July Microbrews: Latitude 42 Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:07 |

Latitude 42 Brewing Company CEO Joe Stoddard had been running a restaurant for years, all while having a dream of opening his own brewery with spectacular food. The kitchen aspect of the endeavor was covered, but he was faced with the challenge of finding the next key piece of the puzzle -- the brewer -- before moving on to the business plan.

Gluten Free Girl: The Union Cabaret & Grille

Written by Kelli Belanger | Thursday, 22 May 2014 10:20 |

The Union Cabaret & Grille features no shortage of impeccable Southern flare. Chefs who got their start in places like New Orleans and Kansas City have put together a menu that features showstoppers like St. Louis-style ribs and Gumbo. Also available are six different barbeque sauces, all gluten free.

Taste This! Spicy Picks and Summery Cocktails

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:42 |

It's an optimistic time of year. The days are noticeably longer and temperatures are getting warmer. Not that you need to rely on the weather to heat things up—a spicy bite or sip can do the trick just as well.

June Microbrews: Unruly Brewing

Written by Ben Darcie | Thursday, 22 May 2014 23:30 |

Jeff Jacobson spends his days as an attorney, but one who harbored a secret desire: to open a brewery. However, it wasn't a task to be accomplished on his own. He had been doing some trademarking work for his soon-to-be business partner, Mark Gongalski, to whom he expressed his interest to open a brewery. They joined forces but were missing a crucial piece, the brewer.

Grand Rapids celebrates BeerCity Week

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 25 April 2014 09:42 |

Since Examiner got rid of its Beer City USA poll, it looks like Grand Rapids will be the nation's champ forever. Or until another beer-related poll pops up. But until then, we will celebrate our win indefinitely.

Gluten Free Girl: CVLT Pizza

Written by Kelli Belanger | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:09 |

If you asked me why I hadn’t tried CVLT Pizza until now, I would say it’s because I had no faith in gluten-free pizza. The key word here is 'had'.

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