As the movement to legalize recreational marijuana gains steam in Michigan, many craft breweries have started to take notice. On their minds is a key concern: Would legalizing pot negatively affect sales of craft beer?

Out of the Bottle, Into the Frying Pan: Cooking with Beer

Written by Maureen Di Virgilio | Monday, 02 October 2017 10:33 |

A few places to find beer mingled with your food — including mussels, french fries and even chocolate.

Behind the Barrels: Sitting down with the brewers of West Michigan

Written by Kelly Brown | Monday, 02 October 2017 10:20 |

Revue spoke with brewmeisters John Stewart of Perrin Brewing Co., Laura Houser of Founders Brewing and Matt Peterson of Cedar Springs Brewing.

Where Do We Go From Beer? Rising styles and trends in the craft beer world

Written by Maureen Di Virgilio | Friday, 29 September 2017 12:17 |

If you ask Michiganders what M-43 is, they might answer that it’s a Michigan highway. But after the summer of 2017, many will assume you’re talking about the beer. Old Nation Brewing Co. rocketed onto the craft scene this year with M-43, a New England IPA, that has taken beer lovers by storm.

The nationwide New England IPA trend shows no signs of fading, but there’s a lot more brewing in the local beer scene for the rest of 2017 and beyond.

Craft beer enthusiasts deride the mass-produced American lager style as fizzy yellow beer, macro swill or lawnmower beer — in a word, they’re boring — but even boring beer sells.

If you are going to reach for a macro lager, you might as well know which ones taste the best. To help in that decision-making process, Revue conducted a blind tasting of 20 beers using a panel of expert tasters from four West Michigan craft breweries.

Beer Bashes and Blowouts

Written by Elma Talundzic | Friday, 29 September 2017 10:52 |

Calling all beer enthusiasts — here’s a look at some of the best upcoming beer events and festivals. If you don’t want to wait until 2018 (assuming the world even lasts that long), don’t miss ’em this time around. 

From East to Westside: A visit to Ando Asian Kitchen & Bar

Written by Nick Macksood | Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:27 |

You remember your first Asian restaurant. No, come on, now — not the one with a hundred blessed dishes to choose from, each with the gooey, gloopy consistency and a Day-Glo sauce to match. The real one.

Thornapple Brewing offers something for every taste

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:31 |

Here’s a common refrain every homebrewer with decent chops has heard dozens of times: “Your beer is really good. You should open a brewery.”

While it may often be a polite declaration from a gracious recipient of free beer, it has nonetheless empowered more than a handful of hobbyists to consider making the leap into the professional leagues. 

However, making that jump is not as easy — or as inexpensive — as it may sound.

Last Call: The Velvet Underground from Donkey

Written by Nick Macksood | Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:27 |

Justin Whitman, the bar manager at Donkey admitted to us that when he and his staff have trouble coming up with cocktail names, they tend to lean on band names. Well bravo, team. The Velvet Underground manages not only to taste like a smoky NYC bar circa 1964, its Day-Glo orange also looks like it could have doubled as a prop in Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Weekend Getaways: The Up North Drinking Edition

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:21 |

Not that long ago, going up north for the weekend meant stepping back in time by leaving cellphone coverage and craft beverages behind for a few days.

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