NOTE: The site plan was approved on Monday night.  BY JOHN LIBERTY WEST MICHIGAN BEER TOURS PAW PAW, MI — Ben Fleckenstein, the co-owner of Paw Paw Brewing Co., said the West Michigan brewery is close to purchasing a 22,000-square-foot building that will eventually serve as the company’s main taproom and production facility. It will be located near […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Shakespeare’s Pub will become a haven for hop heads this week. The downtown Kalamazoo bar will hold its 3rd annual IPA Day with around 30 IPAs from breweries across the country. There will be IPAs, double IPAs, bourbon-barrel aged IPAs and more starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 28. “IPA is […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — You can now get rewarded for frequenting the breweries of Kalamazoo County. Discover Kalamazoo will launch its “Give a Craft” beer trail campaign on Thursday, May 28, where people can earn free swag for visiting the county’s 11 breweries and brewpubs. The “Give a Craft” passports can be picked up at the Discover […]

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Video clips teasing to the Michigan episode of Esquire Network’s “Brew Dogs” depict the show’s hosts and Founders Brewing Co. head brewer Jeremy Kosmicki braving the winter for the sake of beer. It’s just one of many frozen adventures to be spotlighted on the show. “Brew Dogs” stars brewers James Watt and […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, one of several craft beer destinations in West Michigan visited in January by the crew of the Esquire Network’s “Brew Dogs,” will host a viewing party for the episode’s premiere. The Beer Exchange, 211 E. Water St. in downtown Kalamazoo, will host the party at 10 p.m. May […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co. is finding some creative magic in the power of Randall the Enamel Animal. The “Randall” was created in 2002 by Dogfish Head, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and has been updated and revised several times since. Dogfish Head Sam Calagione described it as, “an organoleptic hop transducer module.” “Basically, it’s […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Bell’s Brewery Inc. took note of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Super Bowl advertisement and have responded with a small batch of its own Pumpkin Peach Ale. Images of a label design for  the Pumpkin Peach Ale started circulating online Thursday morning. West Michigan Beer Tours contacted Bell’s Brewery Inc. president Larry Bell this afternoon to confirm […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill will be tapping its last barrel of Bell’s Brewery Inc.’s popular Hopslam on Saturday and hold a prize-laden Oberon release party on Sunday. Old Burdick’s General Manager Ryan Cunningham saved his last half-barrel of Hopslam, the winter seasonal double IPA, for the big weekend. Cunningham said it will […]

BRIDGMAN, MI — The Lake Michigan shoreline will be home to another brewery in little over a year. Chicago’s Haymarket Pub & Brewery announced on its Facebook page it purchased property in Bridgman — also home to Tapistry Brewing Co. — with plans to open a full-scale production facility and taproom in the spring of 2016. […]

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 […]