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.

O.D. on Art

Written by Alexandra Fluegel | Friday, 20 September 2013 14:07 |

During the first week of October, art transforms downtown Grand Rapids into a pretty frickin' crazy place. There's stuff everywhere, and the cause [ArtPrize] pretty much provides the context for talk about art for the three weeks it takes over town. So, in the spirit of art's magnificent role in civic life, this month's featured event is something happening in the one place in town that has made art its mission.

Metal Best Bet: Danzig

Written by Joe Boomgaard | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:57 |

Renowned punk/metal icon Glenn Danzig hits the road this year with his band in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the seminal Danzig album. Yes, that's the one with the original release of the overplayed, get-it-outta-my-head "Mother" on it — although it should be noted that the song didn't rocket into popularity until it was re-released in 1993 and played to death on MTV.

Punk Best Bet: Guttermouth

Written by Emma Kat Richardson | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:53 |

Guttermouth is a band that's deliberately explicit, offensive and intended to shock. Need proof? The band pissed off everyone at Warped Tour so much that they were kicked off the bill mid-tour. Yeah, you'd kind of hope that a band called Guttermouth isn't crooning poetic love lyrics about Jesus.

Minus the Bear: Indie Rock's Melting Pot

Written by Josh Spanninga | Friday, 20 September 2013 13:50 |

Seattle-based outfit Minus the Bear is a band that revels in musical experimentation and employing a diverse set of techniques to acquire its signature catchy indie mathrock sound. Vocalist Jake Snider attributes the band's openness to new sounds to a rather laid-back approach to songwriting.

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