Small-batch experimentation pushes Brewery 4 Two 4 to innovate

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:12 |

Tucked away in a nondescript strip mall in Holland’s Beechwood neighborhood, Brewery 4 Two 4 takes experimentation to the max. That’s somewhat out of necessity, since the brewery produces its beer on a tiny half-barrel system at its 321 Douglas Ave. taproom.

Whether the words “home cooking” make you cringe or recall your favorite Steak Au Poivre recipe, we all have strong feelings about it. Some claim to be ramen noodle experts, while others use every square inch of their counter space to store the latest kitchen gadgets. With a rise in one-pot meals and BuzzFeed Tasty videos over the past year, it’s never been easier to call yourself a home chef.

YELLOW BEER? Michigan brewers go back to basics — with a modern twist

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:43 |

Pilsners speak to me because they’re both easy drinking and complex beers if you want them to be. Luckily, Michigan craft breweries have started to embrace pilsners and lagers in growing numbers. At Revue, we decided to try several new or refreshed offerings, and those we missed in a 2016 taste-off.

To Hell and Back: Scorching hot dishes in West Michigan

Written by Josh Veal | Thursday, 01 February 2018 10:11 |

For some of us, getting through a meal without any pain is just too boring. Most spice fanatics opt for Indian or Thai, but if you’re looking to expand your spice horizons, West Michigan has plenty to offer. We’ve rounded up some of the most blazing hot dishes around that don’t sacrifice flavor for suffering.

Dining Review: New Hotel Mertens

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 01 February 2018 09:58 |

There’s a new French restaurant in the heart of Grand Rapids and frankly, it’s about time. Most western cooking dances around — if not completely bows in supplication to — classic French cookery and technique, but it is understandable, however, that a region so laden with Dutch heritage could dodge a brasserie for so long.

Java Junkies: Michigan coffee beers, rated

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 04 January 2018 11:15 |

The top-rated selection in a blind tasting of Michigan-made coffee-themed beers happens to be from a lakeshore brewery that’s making some waves of its own. 

Darkstar Stout from Holland-based Big Lake Brewing LLC earned top honors in the Revue coffee beer taste off. The beer slightly edged out selections from Short’s Brewing Co. and Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Co.

New Year, New You: It’s time to eat some salad

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:10 |

Well, it’s a new year. We’ve all white-knuckled our way through the first full year of our 45th President, and perhaps our self-care routines have lapsed a little? I know mine have! So let’s eat right. 

Here’s my experience on a one-day tour of salads from around Grand Rapids, some from rookie establishments and some old favorites.

Last Call: Wicked & Funky Cold Medina at One Bourbon

Written by Nick Macksood, photos by Katy Batdorff | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:38 |

One Bourbon owner Meagan Freriks throws together two of the Bridge Street tavern's signature mixes: "Wicked" and "Funky Cold Medina."

Last Call: Ginger Vertigo at Harmony Eastown

Written by Nick Macksood, photos by Katy Batdorff | Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:30 |

Revue visits Harmony Brewing Company in Eastown, where bartender Matt Rettinger mixes one of Harmony's signature cocktails, the Ginger Vertigo.

Beer in Review: A Year in Beer

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 07 December 2017 09:48 |

Confession time: I’ve fallen out of love with IPAs.

Call it palate fatigue, call it a reaction to too many bad/unbalanced beers in the marketplace, but my beer of choice has shifted quite a bit in the last year. Now, I still like the style and I enjoy tasting the flavors of different hops, but the thought of drinking a hop bomb really turns me off. 

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