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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 […]

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 […]

MARSHALL, MI — A seasonal beer from Dark Horse Brewing Co. has upset a Catholic organization that launched a petition to have the named changed. Dark Horse’s Scary Jesus Rock Star, an American pale ale with chamomile and apricots, came to the attention of The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, or TFP, that is […]

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 — 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 […]

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 […]

Consolidation with Ceres Hops and Grains to allow Michigan hops to reach new customers HICKORY CORNERS, MI. — Hop Head Farms, of Hickory Corners, Michigan, announces expansion plans as a result of consolidation with Berrien County-based grower Ceres Hops and Grain. The combined entity will continue to operate as Hop Head Farms and will remain based […]

Our goal is for every tour to be a memorable experience that our patrons cannot get anywhere else.  Well our upcoming tour on June 29th is no exception.  This tour will originate at the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange and include stops at the Boatyard Brewing Company, Paw Paw Brewing Company, and a bonus stop at St. […]

On May 25th we kicked off the 2013 summer season with our first tour.  Thanks to all the brewers and friends who made this tour possible.  I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the summer! Our tour started off at Bell’s Eccentric Café.  It seemed fitting that for our first tour we […]