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. […]

What we are doing Our staff members are required to wear masks when indoors or interacting with our guests. We are an extension of our restaurant, bar, brewery, distillery and winery partners. We will enforce their rules on arrival and during the duration of the visit. Hand sanitizer will be available at our registration table. […]

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 […]

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