A slew of Michigan breweries medaled at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colo. Seven different craft beer producers across the state, including one brewing school, finished in the top 3 places in one of the longest-running, prestigious award contests in the industry. Here is a rundown on how Michigan breweries fared: Gold […]

Bell’s Brewery founder and president Larry Bell talked with West Michigan Beer Tours co-founder John Liberty for the cover story of Encore Magazine’s September issue to discuss his brewery’s legacy and future. The article includes comments from beer industry leaders, community members, Larry Bell and members of the brewery’s leadership team. Bell’s, the nation’s 7th […]

Kalamazoo, MI — Western Michigan University recently requested bids for a pub in its new Student Center. The new facility is due to open in August, 2022. For craft beer fans, this could mean a new location for an existing brewery or a home for a new brewery. Here are more details provided by WMU: […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Downtown Kalamazoo continues to expand its social district to include more participants and a wider geographic footprint. Called the Central Commons Refreshment Area, this stretch of downtown Kalamazoo allows people to purchase to-go beverages from approved bars, restaurants, breweries, wineries and other businesses and enjoy them while walking through specific sections of […]

We caught up with a trio of local breweries in the works to see how their new projects are progressing for an article for Encore Magazine. We talked with Murray Street Brewing Co. (Mattawan), Deep End Brewing Co. (Plainwell) and Rupert’s Brew House (Kalamazoo) to see when the doors may open, beer styles and the […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — As the pandemic lurches on, the landscape for Kalamazoo breweries and bars/restaurants continues to a monumental challenge. In an effort to show additional support for those businesses, Discover Kalamazoo launched its Kalamazoo Carryout Bingo. The game is easy and you can earn a T-shirt for playing. Simply go here to download your […]

Kalamazoo Beer Week will be expanding in 2021 to incorporate local wine, spirits and hard cider. Now dubbed Kalamazoo Craft Beverage Week, the week-long celebration of the local craft beverage community will be held Jan. 29 through Feb. 6, 2021, throughout the county, according to event organizer, Discover Kalamazoo. COVID-19 will likely impact the number […]

Are you struggling to find a meaningful and unique gift this holiday season for the craft beer lover in your world? In an effort to support our local retailers and artists who are in desperate need of a boost right now, we put a special emphasis on their selections. From handmade pottery to grooming supplies […]

Brewer Chad Laning has been tapped to run the five-barrel system at Saugatuck Brewing Co.-Kalamazoo.

Boulder, COLO. — Several Michigan breweries took home medals in one of the craft beer industry’s most sought-after competitions as part of The Great American Beer Festival. Held virtually by the Brewers Association over two days and announced on Oct. 16, the 34th contest received 8,806 entries from more than 1,700 breweries across the country. […]

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