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 […]

BRIDGMAN, MI — The Lake Michigan shoreline will be home to another brewery in little over a year. Chicago’s Haymarket Pub & Brewery announced on its Facebook page it purchased property in Bridgman — also home to Tapistry Brewing Co. — with plans to open a full-scale production facility and taproom in the spring of 2016. […]

Kalsec Inc., the Kalamazoo-based spice and flavorings company, has made a “major gift” to the new Sustainable Brewing Program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Kalsec, which produces hop extracts for the brewing industry, will provide financial support, resources and talent and equipment, among other items. Here is the full press release from Kalamazoo Valley Community […]

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — More than 10,000 fans of Michigan craft beer are expected to make the trek to Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park on Feb. 27-28 to experience one of the state’s biggest beer events — the Michigan Brewers Guild’s Winter Beer Festival. The 10th annual event will be held from 3-7 p.m. Feb. […]

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — About as soon as Mike Hermann saw Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial that referenced a “Pumpkin Peach Ale,” he knew what Hideout Brewing Co. would be making for the Michigan Brewers Guild’s Winter Beer Festival. Hermann, the Operations, Distribution and Supply Manager at Hideout Brewing Co., said the Grand Rapids brewery will begin work […]

Each year, RateBeer.com rolls out its annual Best Of lists, crowning everything from Best New Brewer to Best New Releases. Some categories are broken down by state and subregion. The results are based on RateBeer.com’s reader reviews. For its 2014 installment, RateBeer features 10 categories with the winners announced from Jan. 21 through Jan. 30. […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Live music, rare beers, food vendors and more will be part of the Kalamazoo Beer Week finale party from Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. One of the most popular craft beer bars in the Midwest will host a Kalamazoo Beer Week closing party from noon to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 17.  The event will be […]

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