KALAMAZOO, MI — Lagunitas Brewing Co. founder Tony Magee and his band, Alice Drinks The Kool Aid, will perform at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange as part of a tap takeover event. The Chicago-based band — drummer Jim Widlowski, bassist Alan Berliant and guitarist/vocalist Magee — started in 2014 and performs blues-rock. In conjunction with the Thursday, […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Trevor Klimek was working a shift at the Bell’s General Store when a customer named Chris O’Neill visited looking for information about homebrewing. The meeting would prove fortuitous. Klimek told O’Neill to spend around $100 on equipment and give it a try — he’d end up hooked. O’Neill took him up on the suggestion and continued […]

SPRINGFIELD, MI — Territorial Brewing Co. has claimed its first piece of hardware. The Springfield-based brewery owned by Charles Grantier and Tim Davis won the gold medal for Best Historical Beer at the Best of Craft Beer Awards in Bend, Ore., on Jan. 23-24. The awards were announced on Friday. Territorial won for its Samsquamch Block Party, […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Backed by sales that nearly tripled their expectations, T.J. Waldofsky and Chris O’Neill, co-owners of Kalamazoo’s One Well Brewing, plan to close on a new 10,000-square-foot production facility in mid-April. The facility at 3618 Gembrit Circle in the city’s Milwood neighborhood will house a 15-barrel brewhouse and contain ample refrigeration space. Waldofsky floated a cooperative brewing […]

PAW PAW, MI — Paw Paw Brewing Co. is celebrating its 5th anniversary by making a series of collaboration beers with its nearby brewing friends. The 5th anniversary party will begin at noon on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the brewery, 929 E Michigan Ave, Paw Paw. Paw Paw Brewing Co. co-owner Ben Fleckenstein said there will be live […]

UPDATED at 9:58 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12: Original Gravity Brewing Co. owner Mark Sancho posted the following statement on the brewery’s Facebook page: Thank you for the many messages (both naughty and nice!), regarding our current trademark “dispute”. I am glad to inform everyone that Kevin from Final Gravity Brewing Company and myself are currently working […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — One Well Brewing will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Black Friday with a series of specialty releases, food, music and more. Co-owners T.J. Waldofsky and Chris O’Neill have carved out a name for themselves behind their dynamic slate of beer, including the jalapeno blonde ale (Xalapa), pinball and board games and a welcoming […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Drake Party Center has responded to the demand for craft beer, in particular Michigan craft beer, by recently revamping its beer selection and layout. With work completed this summer, Drake Party Center, 4717 W KL Ave., decreased the size of its “Beer Cave” to make way for a wider craft beer collection. […]

HICKORY CORNERS, MI — With another successful hop harvest season in the books, Bonnie and Jeff Steinman, co-founders of Hop Head Farms in Hickory Corners, offered a roundup of this year’s crop, including a fairly comprehensive list of Harvest Ales made using their hops. The 30-acre farm makes up about 400 to 500 harvestable acres in […]

SPRINGFIELD, MI — Gemutlichkeit.   The German word is best translated to mean a place of friendliness or warmth. It’s also the standard Territorial Brewing Co. co-owners Charles Grantier and Tim Davis hope to achieve when guests visit the Springfield brewery.   Grantier, 38, and Davis, 37 — childhood friends who first met in the […]

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