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 […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Canadian Breakfast Stout, or CBS, is one of the most highly anticipated releases of the winter from Founders Brewing Co. The imperial stout brewed with chocolate and coffee and aged in maple-bourbon barrels carries an alcohol-by-volume of 10.6 percent. It was originally released in December and has been popping up at various […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Founders Brewing Co. is not an official part of Kalamazoo Beer Week because of its recent partial sale to a Spanish brewery. The 5th annual Kalamazoo Beer Week will be held Jan. 10-17 at several locations around Kalamazoo. It is a celebration of craft beer and features 48 breweries and more than […]

Consolidation with Ceres Hops and Grains to allow Michigan hops to reach new customers HICKORY CORNERS, MI. — Hop Head Farms, of Hickory Corners, Michigan, announces expansion plans as a result of consolidation with Berrien County-based grower Ceres Hops and Grain. The combined entity will continue to operate as Hop Head Farms and will remain based […]

John Liberty to assume role of GM of West Michigan Beer Tours KALAMAZOO, MI — After more than a decade as a journalist at the Kalamazoo Gazette and MLive Media Group, including several as a craft beer reporter, John Liberty will take over as the full-time General Manager of West Michigan Beer Tours. Liberty, who […]

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