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This bus tour is a celebration of women in leadership roles in West Michigan’s craft beer industry and will feature a trio of stops to relatively new breweries. The tour begins with registration from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Paw Paw Brewing Co.‘s new location and heads west to Cognito Brewing Co., located […]

This is a press release from the Michigan Brewers Guild. You can read more on the Guild’s website. (LANSING, Mich) — The Michigan Brewers Guild is pleased with today’s news that Gov. Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4667 and Senate Bill 440 — sponsored by Rep. Brandt Iden and Sen. Goeff Hansen — which will […]

KALAMAZOO, MI — Bell’s Brewery Inc. has shared its 2017 release calendar. Michigan’s oldest and largest brewery issued the details in a press release. Here are a few highlights: 1. Oberon will be released March 27, 2017. 2. Oberon will be the only beer sold in mini-kegs in 2017. 3. Mars, the double IPA from the popular […]

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 — 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 — 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 […]

Kalamazoo, MI — Ben Jones was known as a gentle giant who could always make people laugh. Although almost three years after his death of a stroke at 33, Jones, who served three tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army, was remembered for those traits by friends, family members and visitors to Tibbs Brewing Co. The Kalamazoo […]

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