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DECATUR, MI — Spencer Macko — a regular at Final Gravity Brewing Co.’s downtown Kalamazoo location — had an unusual question. He wanted to know if the mobile wood-fired pizza oven there could produce 80 pizzas in an hour. Brewery co-owner Kevin Christensen said he thought 60 personal pizzas would be the maximum, but the […]

PORTAGE, MI — Jake and Kayleigh Lohse didn’t really have an option: Revamp their business in a matter of hours or file for bankruptcy within two months. This was the couple’s new reality as their barely one-year-old brewery flipped into “survival” mode when the coronavirus pandemic arrived and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced bars and […]

During these unprecedented times as we look to lessen the impact of COVID-19, several Kalamazoo-area breweries are offering their food or beer by takeout and/or delivery. Each business is handling the situation differently, including several breweries that have opted to close indefinitely. For those looking to support the local brewing culture, here is a rundown […]

Our company finds itself at the crossroads of craft beer and tourism — two industries profoundly affected by the ongoing coronavirus.  In line with steps being taken across the globe, our events are suspended until we hear otherwise. We intend to reschedule existing events to a time period more suitable to these types of activities. […]

“Everything we do is unconventional and outside-the-box,” Vanessa said. “It stood to reason our wedding would be the same.”

Several industry leaders and experts — including Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery — talk about the importance of water in the brewing process in a feature story in Encore Magazine. West Michigan Beer Tours co-founder and general manager, John Liberty, wrote the story for the Kalamazoo-based magazine. “The problem is the perception of what’s going […]

KALAMAZOO, MI – Five years after its creation, Discover Kalamazoo’s popular “Give A Craft® Beer Trail” is digital. Launched in conjunction with the 10th annual Kalamazoo Beer Week, which as held Jan. 11-18, the digital passport allows beer enthusiasts to check-in on their mobile device at Kalamazoo County breweries to earn the “Give A Craft® […]

GRAND HAVEN, MI — A brewery may not be the first place you’d think to look when a family faces challenging times. But the story Robert and Lori Vance and Grand Armory Brewing Co. illustrates the power of people making the extra effort when it’s needed most. The Vances, of Grand Haven, discovered the brewery […]

Will you be traveling to participate in Kalamazoo Beer Week, which will run Jan. 11-18, 2020? Consider staying with our friends at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. We have a discounted room rate available online here: http://radisson.com/westmichiganbeertours The premiere property is perfectly situated in central downtown Kalamazoo and within a short walking […]

Watermark Brewing Co. in Stevensville, MI, announced plans to renovate an 11,000-square-foot space adjacent to its current brewery and taproom to focus on special events, including private parties, weddings and more. The addition, called the Watermark Solarium, is slated to open in the spring of 2020 and is booking events now. Here is a press […]

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