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After five years of providing downtown Charlotte with an abundant selection of craft brews from across Michigan, the Eaton Pub & Grille expanded March 5 into brewing its own.

Greenbush article

Sawyer’s Greenbush Brewing Co. is getting ready to celebrate their 3rd anniversary in style, and if you are not already a “friend with benefits,” you may want to join right away. Of course, “Friends with benefits” is the name of the Greenbush mug club and following this year’s anniversary, the price is being raised from $40 for a lifetime membership to $60. Now, $60 for a lifetime membership is certainly still a steal, but if you are like me and have been thinking about joining up for awhile now, the $40 price-tag might just be the incentive to hop in the car and make the drive- at least this was my decision! (Note: Greenbush also was offering limited phone orders on the Mug Club for awhile just to help keep up with the increased demand.)

crankers x 2 article 

Cranker’s started as a family-owned chain of Coney Island themed restaurants in Mount Pleasant, Big Rapids, and Grand Rapids. The Big Rapids location expanded two years ago to include a separate brewery and production facility connected to the 24/7 dining location. After seeing sales at this location increase many times over, the Grand Rapids location was next to expand in May 2013 by adding a nano-sized brewing system also allowing them to serve and sell beer from the larger facility in Big Rapids. Plans are now in the works for the Mount Pleasant location to soon be able to offer the award-winning Cranker’s beers as well.

elk brewing

Elk Brewing may be the newest brewery to open in Grand Rapids proper but has had a fix on it’s current Wealthy St. location since before the Beer City explosion that began in early 2012. The location is key here being centrally located in the close proximity of both G.R.’s downtown which includes the likes of Founders and Hopcat as well as Eastown which currently is home to both Brewery Vivant as well as Harmony Brewing Company. Few would have foreseen the current national level of prominence being experienced in Grand Rapids when Elk first offered a sneak peak of the location back in late 2011.

Perrin photo article

This past weekend I decided to check out Perrin Brewing Company and try out a few of their brews for a review. The brewery and tasting room itself had a clean, spacious, factory-like quality and a gorgeous wood ceiling. The overall aesthetic was comfortable and inviting. I also received prompt and friendly service at the bar, despite the fact that the venue was filled to the brim with thirsty patrons.


Vander Mill Cider Mill in Spring Lake recently hosted the monthly homebrew club meetup of the Muskegon Ottawa Brewers and I thought I would take advantage of the opportunity to get a peek at the latest goings-on at the mill. Product manager Jay Blanchard graciously provided a tour of the facility from apple press to the canning line that currently accounts for approximately 40% of the mill’s sales, including the recently launched Ginger Peach cider in cans.

 Grand Opening of The Workshop Traverse City's Newest Microbrewery

The Workshop Brewery held its Grand Opening celebration to introduce itself as the newest microbrewery in Traverse City. Located in the Warehouse district, The Workshop has created a vibe of its own by remodeling the space formerly occupied by Right Brain Brewery and Salon Saloon. Gone is the wall that once separated the two previous businesses,  allowing for more useable space and providing a brighter more open feel. Couple that with the vivid color of red on the exterior and interior walls, and you have an energy that is comfortable and relaxing.  Seasonal access to the patio has been made easier with a roll up style garage door, and numerous outside tables have been added that provide a street side view of the hustle and bustle, some fresh air and sunshine.

 Stormcloud Brewing, The First to Open In Frankfort

Frankfort acquired it’s first microbrewery this summer with the opening of Stormcloud Brewing Company.  Located on the main drag in downtown Frankfort, Stormcloud is an easy find for those on the lookout, or for those just passing by.  With a large inviting patio, and a vast open inside space, it’s not hard to find a chair to relax and enjoy a few cold microbrews. Bellying up to the bar put’s you in front of the days beer menu that is neatly scrawled on the blackboard wall behind the taps.

 Griffin Claw Brewing Company opens with award-winning brews

Award-winning brews like the White Cap Wit or Red Rock Flanders Red may not be familiar to everyone, but they certainly have a well deserved reputation among festival goers and Birmingham-area brewery visitors. At the new Griffin Claw Brewing Company, brewmaster Dan Rogers (who has previously brewed alongside both Pierre Celis and Joe Short,) now has the opportunity to take these and other brews previously perfected in pub size batches at the Big Rock Chophouse to a whole new level.

 Cool Classy Old German Bar and Bierkeller in Ann Arbor

When the Revolution comes—and it will come my brothers and sisters—we will need to rely on bars and brewpubs for meetings, information exchanges and espionage. The Old German is the perfect place for headquarters—kind of dark, downstairs, extremely comfortable, friendly and has excellent beers. (Why yes! I have seen Inglorious Bastards and I do count to three using my thumb and so I probably will get shot first).
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