Luke and Kelly Rozema Finchem, the team behind Dutch Girl Brewery, are in the final stages of opening a full-scale microbrewing operation in Spring Lake.
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Vander Mill Cider - A Great Year-Round, Gluten-Free Beverage

Despite common assumption, hard cider is not solely reserved for the autumn season. Vander Mill Cider produces a variety of hard ciders at its Spring Lake facility – year round. This summer, as you hit the Pure Michigan road, consider packing some Vander Mill for sharing with family and friends at the resort, cottage or campsite.
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Vander Mill Cider Completes $600,000 Expansion and Begins Canning Hard Ciders

Renovated Café & Tasting Room and Expanded Menu Also Offered
One of the Midwest’s largest craft cider producers – Vander Mill Cider & Winery – is introducing a new line of canned ciders. Earlier this year, Vander Mill completed a 3500-square-foot, $600,000 expansion at its facility in Spring Lake. This includes the addition of fermentation equipment and a canning system, which will produce 1800 16-ounce cans per hour. In all, owner Paul Vander Heide estimates his 2013 production to top 100,000 gallons.
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Recap of Odd Side Ales’ 3-Year Anniversary Celebration

In 2010, Grand Haven’s first and only brewery, Odd Side Ales, opened in the old downtown piano factory complex. This past St. Patrick’s Day weekend marked their 3-year anniversary, and quite an eventful past year it has been. In recent months, the brewery has seen the selection of brews grow from 16 taps to 22; the days of struggling to keep up with pub demand are now in the past. This has been achieved by moving the production offsite to new facility which also allows for increased distribution outside the pub. In past years, OSA has featured limited run bottles like their famous Morning Wood and Lucid Dream, now a new bottling line is allowing more regular releases including Citra Pale Ale in both the barrel-aged and non barrel-aged varieties.
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Vander Mill’s 3rd annual VanderFest features music, food, drink, and lasers

In only a few short years, VanderFest has become the premiere fall festival for cider, wine, and beer connoisseurs in Southwest Michigan. Last year’s festival was so well attended leaving many food vendors running out of food. This was remedied this year an abundance of quality food offerings; Vendors included Saburba, Public, and Vander Mill regulars Standard Pizza Co. with their mobile wood fired pizza oven. Another great addition this year was What the Truck? offering a great selection of tacos, chicken and veggie bowls with a lot of kick.
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Old Boys celebrates 15 years (or 105 Beer Hound years!)

Old Boys’ Brewhouse in Spring Lake is in good company celebrating their 15-year anniversary this year along with the likes of Founders, New Holland, and the Michigan Brewers Guild. For their own celebration, they pulled out all the stops with an all day party including free music, food, and $1.00 beers. Commemorative T-shirts were available along with the usual assortment of Old Boy’s memorabilia including beer-to-go and even specialty dog treats “Kanine Krunchies.”
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Vander Mill launches Rewards Days and new menu with kick off party

Vander Mill Cidery held a rewards kick off party on Saturday, May 12th. Don't have a rewards card? No problem, because Vander Mill went well out of their way to hook everyone up with food, fun, and discounted cider and merchandise. And yes, the new beers debuted earlier this year were readily available on tap (along with a variety of hard ciders.) This event was the first of several planned “rewards days,” and also served as the inaugural sign-up day for future events.
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Spring Lake's Vander Mill Cidery has something new to offer this year: beer!

Debuted at Winter Beer Fest in February with temperatures in the low 20s; and now, just a few weeks later with West Michigan temperatures aproaching 80 degrees, Vander Mill has already begun expanding hours and making the new beers (as well as hard ciders and apple wines,) available to be enjoyed in their cider garden.
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2 Year Anniversary of Grand Haven's Odd Side Ales

This St. Patty's Day marked the 2-Year anniversary of Grand Haven's Odd Side Ales. Located in an old  former piano factory Downtown, the brewery offered $2 mugs and $5 steins all day in celebration. Mug Club memberships have gone on sale anew as well. $50 for a year (or $150 for a lifetime,) provides a custom designable 16 oz. mug with discounts on all pours including growlers.
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