Sparta’s Cellar Brewing celebrates one year of new ownership


Cellar Brewing in Sparta has now had one year of direction under new owner Chuck Brown, who purchased the brewery formerly known as Michigan Beer Cellar from previous owner Dan Humphrey last year via Cragslist for an undisclosed amount. The brewery was rebranded “Cellar Brewing Company” soon after purchased which included a complete overhaul not just of the logo but also new labels for existing recipes currently being bottled. In addition to the old favorites, new recipes have been added over the past year, starting with Chuck’s own recipe the Lucky Enough Amber Ale which was debuted at last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.
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Grand Rapids Beer City USA 2013 - The Time to Vote is Now!

There is no question 2012 was great year for Grand Rapids and beer. A record number of brewery openings included Eastown’s Harmony, Mitten Brewing, and Grand Rapids Brewing Company as well as both Pike 51 and White Flame in Hudsonville, Perrin in Comstock Park and Rockford Brewing Company. Additionally Grand Rapid’s most successful brewery Founders celebrated their 15-year anniversary in style which included the release of their 15% Bolt Cutter Barleywine. But perhaps the defining moment in 2012 was the nomination and securing of the title Beer City USA in a tied vote along with previous year victors Asheville, North Carolina.
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Several Michigan Drink Options for St. Patty's Day

One again, beer lovers, St. Patty's day is right around the corner. It's a day full of hearty food and hearty drinks, but Craft drinkers find themselves surrounded by macro 'green beer' and a rather intense general love for Guinness. There's nothing wrong with either of those, of course, but I'm here to give your St. Patty's day festivities some options for a Michigan Beer twist!
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Sparta’s Michigan Beer Cellar Successfully Sells Via Craigslist

Michigan Beer Cellar’s founder Dan Humphrey made the news last fall when he put his successful Sparta-based brew for sale on Craigslist with an asking price of over $500,000. After discussions with approximately 20 different interested parties, Michigan Beer Cellar has found it’s new owner. Chuck Brown, whose background experience includes many years in accounting and food service, has had owning and operating a restaurant as a goal. In the last couple of years, a home-brewing hobby fueled by a Mr. Beer kit leading to all-grain brewing has resulted in shifting priorities.. Chuck’s immediate focus with the brewery is to continue to brew the signature recipes and brands that founder Dan Humphrey has spent the last 3 years building, and continuing his vision to develop and push the brewery to bigger heights.
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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

"Thank You, BEER" Brewer's Challenge

On October 13th, the Grand Rapids Public Museum officially opened a fabulous and unique exhibit called “Thank You, BEER”. Mostly focusing on Michigan brewing, especially the Grand Rapids area, “Thank You, BEER” is collection of items and stories that show just how much beer has done for the West Michigan area. Even to those already knowing a lot of the history of beer in this area will be pleasantly surprised as to what this exhibit has to offer.
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A Grand Pumpkin Tour of Grand Rapids, “Beer City USA”

If you enjoyed the Beer City Pale Ale promotion awhile back, 11 Grand Rapids area breweries have returned with the new Grand Pumpkin - and this time each one has something a little different to offer. Brewery Vivant and Harmony Brewing Company in Easttown have both participated. Harmony’s Grand Pumpkin is a 7.4% ABV Chai beer. Also on special here when I visited was the Goatoberfest pizza with sausage, goat cheese, basil, and pumpkin sauce. Perhaps you’ve heard of the White House honey ale? Harmony has brewed their own version “Ale to the Chief” and I can attest to the deliciousness. If you are out on 28th Street in Kentwood / Cascade area, you can check out Schmohz experimental Pumpkin Rye and Jaden James has their Pumpkin Ale on tap now also.
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Small Town, Big Beers: Recap of Michigan Beer Cellar 2nd Anniversary

Recently, Michigan Beer Cellar celebrated their second anniversary and I had the privilege of being there to taste some of their beers. It wasn't my first time tasting their beer, but it was my first time visiting the brewery...and I'm glad I did.
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Hideout Brewing Company launches new collaborative Beer City Pale Ale

Hideout Brewing Company was my first stop on my list to try the new Beer City Pale ale, as their brewmaster Wob is a ringleader of sorts for this new Grand Rapids collaborative brew. The hoppy new beer was an immediate hit among my friends and I, and the focus of many conversations overheard throughout the well attended brewhouse - the Michigan hops being a key factor for many, like myself, who prefer to keep things fresh and local.
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Brew produced in celebration of city's new Beer City USA title and Craft Beer Month

Grand Rapids has yet another reason to toast the town. Ten area breweries have teamed to create Beer City Pale Ale, a new craft beer produced in celebration of both the city's newest title and Craft Beer Month beginning July 1.
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Michigan Beer Cellar is Getting Ready to Celebrate Their 2 Year Anniversary

Sparta's Michigan Beer Cellar recently celebrated their 200th batch with “Hop Bomb,” a West Coast style Imperial IPA of 9.1% ABV. I stopped in to try the new batch and also had an opportunity to chat with owner Dan Humphey about the brewery's upcoming 2nd anniversary as well as expanded distribution for their kegs and 6-packs.
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