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 […]

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 […]

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