Restaurants / Bars

 

The Beer Grotto, a new-concept beer and wine bar and retail shop, that opened last Wednesday to a full house packed into 8059 Main St. in Dexter. The 3,000 sq. ft. space, formerly occupied by the Dexter Pharmacy, encompasses a merchandise area featuring wine and beer bottles, apparel, glassware, books, and more as well as a lounge space with a multitap bar, light snacks, and seating for a few dozen customers.
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Monelli’s Italian Grill & Sports Bar is ready to officially start the summer with their annual Summer Bash July 11th and 12th. With live music, great food and over 60 Michigan craft beers this is a summer event not to miss.

 

Beer Grotto's Official Grand Opening party with be on July 2nd sometime between the hours of noon and 11pm! Stay tuned on InstagramTwitter and Facebook for more Grand Opening special offers and promotions. They will be waiting with open arms and lots of drinks!

Smash Wine Bar is just one of many new additions to Muskegon’s downtown this summer. The past year has seen the opening of not one but two new breweries, a proposed distillery, and a newly revamped farmer’s market. While the focus of Smash in on their incredible selection of wines from around the world, the food menu features salads, sandwiches and pizzas with an emphasis on locally-sourced an ingredients, and the full bar includes 4 taps of all Michigan beers as well as speciality cocktails and martinis.

After an excruciating battle with traffic, I was rewarded for my patience by attending the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange for a special event featuring Kelly St. Louis from The Cheese Lady and Mitch Steele, the head brewer from Stone Brewing Company. During this particular evening at the Exchange, attendees and I enjoyed 7 courses of finely paired beers and cheeses.

 

Handsome Henry’s recently held a release party launching the new Essence Summer Ale collaboration beer between Traverse City’s farm-based Brewery Terra Firma and Hoby Thrasher’s Muskegon-based restaurant collection. The 5.4% ABV Amber Ale was special designed with brewmaster John Niedermaier to be an refreshing, easy-drinking beer brewed with coriander and orange peel. The versatility of the beverage lends itself to beer-food pairings, cocktail blends, and even as an ingredient for special menu items. Head Chef and manager Cody Christensen of Handsome Henry’s took advantage of this to prepare a diverse menu of speciality items to showcasing the new beer for the event.

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HopCat – Broad Ripple to make announcement in support of Indiana craft beer at ceremonial hops planting event Sun King Founder and Brewers of Indiana Guild (B.I.G.) President Clay Robinson to join HopCat founder Mark Sellers at hops-planting event INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sun King Brewing Co. and HopCat – Broad Ripple will celebrate the season with a special hops-planting event and make a major announcement on at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 12 outside the future home of Indiana’s largest beer bar.

Green Well Pub

The other day I had the pleasure of meeting Doug Berg and Bobby Randall at the Green Well, located at 924 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

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With even Starbucks across the nation now getting in on beer and wine, the coffee house and pub concept has been gaining in popularity. EB Coffee and Pub in Caledonia is one step ahead of the game, launching Michigan’s first ever brewery as part of the Essential Bean Coffee House. I made my first visit on a Saturday afternoon, a few weeks after the opening, and the beer was very popular with the weekend crowd.

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Pairing a tropical theme along with Michigan and other craft beer selections, Mango’s Bar & Grille has remained a staple of Muskegon’s Lakeside now for many years. The restaurant has recently doubled their draft selection from 6 taps to 12 taps with an emphasis local and Michigan beers. The expanded selection has allowed Mango’s to be one of the first restaurants in the area to include both of Muskegon’s new breweries Unruly & Pigeon Hill on tap at the same time. Other Michigan favorites such as Perrin, Odd Side Ales, Founders and Bell’s are currently prominently featured as well as non-Michigan craft breweries such as New Belgium.
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