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 […]

KALAMAZOO, MI – Four Kalamazoo organizations and businesses have combined on a project where art and craft beer will combine to help the monthly Art Hop. Art Hop, a free event held one Friday each month in downtown Kalamazoo, combines artists with local businesses. The public is able to visit a variety of businesses, sample complimentary […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Steve Latham thought there was the making of a startup company in his friend’s wooden bottle cap map design. He didn’t anticipate the “wild ride” to follow. Latham and his friend and boss, Jesse Darley, work at a product design firm in Madison, Wisc. Darley’s son Jasper requested something to house his growing collection of […]

Kalamazoo Valley Community College and the Kalsec Center for Sustainable Brewing Education have partnered with Greg “Gonzo” Haner, of Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co. in Kalamazoo, to offer a scholarship for a student participating in the program. Haner, a former Kalsec employee, is a partner and head brewer at the Kalamazoo brewery. KVCC shared the news in […]

Patrick and Renee Flynn, of Kalamazoo, won the drawing for the Michigan Beer Cap Map, a promotion from Kalamazoo’s Nature Connection as part of the 2015 Walking Tour Series. All guests on the 2015 Walking Tour Series, which ran May 30 through Aug. 30, were eligible to enter the drawing at Nature Connection. The Flynns […]

BY JOHN LIBERTY West Michigan Beer Tours Kalamazoo, MI — Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co. canned its first run of Vanilla Porter on Friday with the team from Michigan Mobile Canning. The flagship beer from Gonzo’s will be available in four packs of 16-ounce cans at the brewery, 140 S. Westnedge Ave., in Kalamazoo starting at 3 […]

Kalamazoo, MI — Ben Jones was known as a gentle giant who could always make people laugh. Although almost three years after his death of a stroke at 33, Jones, who served three tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army, was remembered for those traits by friends, family members and visitors to Tibbs Brewing Co. The Kalamazoo […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Few communities in the country can boast such a rich craft beer culture in such a tight geographical footprint as downtown Kalamazoo. With seven breweries and brewpubs — and an eighth on the way — as well as tremendous craft beer-friendly bars, restaurants and retailers, the city is tailor-made to be sampled […]

NOTE: The site plan was approved on Monday night.  BY JOHN LIBERTY WEST MICHIGAN BEER TOURS PAW PAW, MI — Ben Fleckenstein, the co-owner of Paw Paw Brewing Co., said the West Michigan brewery is close to purchasing a 22,000-square-foot building that will eventually serve as the company’s main taproom and production facility. It will be located near […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Shakespeare’s Pub will become a haven for hop heads this week. The downtown Kalamazoo bar will hold its 3rd annual IPA Day with around 30 IPAs from breweries across the country. There will be IPAs, double IPAs, bourbon-barrel aged IPAs and more starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 28. “IPA is […]

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