After the success of the original Cranker's Coney Island in Big Rapids, Jim Crank Sr. pursued a second location in Mt. Pleasant. He called on his son, Jim Crank Jr., to return to Big Rapids from Massachusetts, where he was playing Hockey for Umass, to take up the family business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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