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 […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — You can now get rewarded for frequenting the breweries of Kalamazoo County. Discover Kalamazoo will launch its “Give a Craft” beer trail campaign on Thursday, May 28, where people can earn free swag for visiting the county’s 11 breweries and brewpubs. The “Give a Craft” passports can be picked up at the Discover […]

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Video clips teasing to the Michigan episode of Esquire Network’s “Brew Dogs” depict the show’s hosts and Founders Brewing Co. head brewer Jeremy Kosmicki braving the winter for the sake of beer. It’s just one of many frozen adventures to be spotlighted on the show. “Brew Dogs” stars brewers James Watt and […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, one of several craft beer destinations in West Michigan visited in January by the crew of the Esquire Network’s “Brew Dogs,” will host a viewing party for the episode’s premiere. The Beer Exchange, 211 E. Water St. in downtown Kalamazoo, will host the party at 10 p.m. May […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co. is finding some creative magic in the power of Randall the Enamel Animal. The “Randall” was created in 2002 by Dogfish Head, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and has been updated and revised several times since. Dogfish Head Sam Calagione described it as, “an organoleptic hop transducer module.” “Basically, it’s […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Bell’s Brewery Inc. took note of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Super Bowl advertisement and have responded with a small batch of its own Pumpkin Peach Ale. Images of a label design for  the Pumpkin Peach Ale started circulating online Thursday morning. West Michigan Beer Tours contacted Bell’s Brewery Inc. president Larry Bell this afternoon to confirm […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill will be tapping its last barrel of Bell’s Brewery Inc.’s popular Hopslam on Saturday and hold a prize-laden Oberon release party on Sunday. Old Burdick’s General Manager Ryan Cunningham saved his last half-barrel of Hopslam, the winter seasonal double IPA, for the big weekend. Cunningham said it will […]

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