Michigan continues to open breweries at an amazing pace. The Michigan Beer Guide reported more than 360 at the end of 2017 with at least another 60 in the works. Forbes.com recently shared statistics from the Brewers Association saying Michigan ranked 4th in the U.S. with 465 breweries. West Michigan is certainly part of this growth. […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — The year of expansion for One Well Brewing continues. The Kalamazoo brewery, which opened at 4213 Portage St. in November, 2014, announced today another expansion project for the business, just a few months after sharing details of another large-scale project. At the start of 2016, One Well announced it would be expanding production operations […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Trevor Klimek was working a shift at the Bell’s General Store when a customer named Chris O’Neill visited looking for information about homebrewing. The meeting would prove fortuitous. Klimek told O’Neill to spend around $100 on equipment and give it a try — he’d end up hooked. O’Neill took him up on the suggestion and continued […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Backed by sales that nearly tripled their expectations, T.J. Waldofsky and Chris O’Neill, co-owners of Kalamazoo’s One Well Brewing, plan to close on a new 10,000-square-foot production facility in mid-April. The facility at 3618 Gembrit Circle in the city’s Milwood neighborhood will house a 15-barrel brewhouse and contain ample refrigeration space. Waldofsky floated a cooperative brewing […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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