STRDSTR: Striking A Chord For 'Millennials'

Written by Jayson Bussa | Monday, 30 September 2013 21:57 |

With the average shelf life of a local band at about a year or two, you got to tip your hat to any group that can manage to stay together longer — much less keep people coming in the door to check out their shows.

Mustache-A-Palooza: Five years of local music and facial hair

Written by Jayson Bussa | Sunday, 29 September 2013 13:14 |

These days, Mustache-themed merchandise, events and everything else that pays homage to the upper-lip surprise is considered a tad cliche.

However, among this throng of mustache pop culture is one man that could be considered an original mustache connoisseur and he tailored a local music showcase around a mustache theme five years ago.

Mountain Goat: Sludge Metal's Sweeter Side

Written by Lauren Allen | Saturday, 28 September 2013 17:47 |

Through a smoky haze, endless microbrews and foot-long hair, so rises the sludge metal trio Mountain Goat.

Beta Theta Pints: West Michigan's Fraternity of Brewers

Written by Lindsay Patton-Carson | Friday, 20 September 2013 15:38 |

Competition in business is normal, sometimes healthy and even expected. But when it comes to beer, the craft brewing industry throws competition out completely, with brewers creating a beer fraternity of sorts.

Grand Rapids: Building a Foundation for Better Beer

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 20 September 2013 15:31 |

Beer City USA. That's quite a title. And this year it belongs to Grand Rapids. Again. Last year, the title was shared with Asheville, N.C. In 2013, however, Grand Rapids won it outright and decisively, clobbering the next closest vote-getter and West Michigan neighbor, Kalamazoo.

West Michigan's Lakeshore Ups the Beer Game

Written by Dwayne Hoover | Friday, 20 September 2013 15:05 |

When one thinks of microbreweries in West Michigan, it's easy for the mind to quickly jump to the usual players in the usual cities, like Bell's in Kalamazoo and Founders in Grand Rapids. And even as these mainstays continue to be a centerpiece for the area's craft brew excellence, communities along the lakeshore are also contributing in significant ways to our reputation as one of the best damn beer destinations anywhere.

Michigan's Burgeoning Craft Beer Industry: Northern and Mid-Michigan

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 15:01 |

With so many beer options in the West Michigan area it can be easy to get stuck in our own brewery bubble. People all over the state are serious about their lagers, stouts and ales though, and for hopheads willing to make day trips up north or to the east side, delicious destinations await.

Craft beer scene grows in Southwest Michigan

Written by Nathan Peck | Friday, 20 September 2013 14:53 |

The growth of the craft beer scene in Southwest Michigan means that from Kalamazoo to Paw Paw or from Marshall to Battle Creek, drinkers can find beers to fit their palates, whether it's the wild experimental brews at Dark Horse or summer wheat beers like Bell's Oberon and Arcadia Ales' Whitsun.

What Your Beer Says About You

Written by Nolan Krebs | Friday, 20 September 2013 14:48 |

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Ok, so you can't judge a book by its cover. However, others can tell a lot about you just by the beer you are holding in your hand. Find out what your beer is saying about you with our guide below. We even threw in some local microbrew suggestions to suit every palate.

Get Your Goosebumps Here

Written by Missy Black | Friday, 20 September 2013 14:17 |

Getting in the mood for October means roaring dinosaurs, tripping over pumpkins, facing the dark and investigating what that noise was. Candy collecting and goose bump measuring can't get here fast enough.

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