David Bardallis

David Bardallis

David writes regular columns for The Ann Arbor News and Great Lakes Brewing News, along with occasional features for Michigan Beer Guide and other publications. His book, Ann Arbor Beer: A Hoppy History of Tree Town Brewing, is available on Amazon.com and wherever fine paperbacks are sold. A lifelong Michigander, longtime craft beer drinker, and sometime homebrewer, he lives in Ann Arbor, where he maintains his blog at AnnArborBeer.com.

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It’s no secret that Arbor Brewing’s founders Matt and Rene Greff came out of Michigan’s thriving homebrewing scene. And today, with more than two decades in the commercial brewing industry, they still pay homage to their roots with Rat Fest, an annual event featuring dozens of beers created by area homebrewing clubs.

 grizzly 20year anniversary brew

It’s hard to believe now, as Michigan tops 200 operating breweries, but back in 1995, Grizzly Peak in Ann Arbor was among only a handful of brewing establishments in the state. To celebrate the 20th anniversary milestone, head brewer Duncan Williams was joined by a number of notable Grizzly Peak alumni June 25 to brew a special commemorative beer, XX Pale Ale.


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.

Sixth Michigan Cask Ale Festival at Ashley’s to Showcase Largest Selection in the State

More Than 1,000 Expected to Attend Unique, Newly Expanded Event
The Michigan Cask Ale Festival returns Saturday, May 4, to Ashley’s Beer & Grill, 7525 Wayne Rd., with expanded hours and the largest lineup of cask-conditioned and served beers in the Festival’s six-year history – and the largest available at one time anywhere in the state.