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A Few Great Beers to Pair with Thanksgiving Dinner

In just a few short days, most of us will embark on one of the quintessential events of the American experience: heading home for a 2-3 day death-march of way too much food, family, and football. Yes, it's Thanksgiving, the time to remember how thankful we are for our family, and that we don't live with them every other day of the year as well. As far as the food, Thanksgiving dinners can either be delicious and savory or poorly seasoned and boring--there seems to rarely be an in-between.

However the dinner is where you're going, you're likely going to need (we strongly encourage it, anyway) a few beers to help you survive, especially while watching the Lions. So, we thought we would put together a beer drinking guide to Thanksgiving, a couple beers to sip on throughout the day and then a few to go with each of courses in the traditional Thanksgiving meal. We hope you find it useful and wish you safe and happy travels wherever you're headed this week.
Published in Seasonal Beers

Potato Leek Soup made with Brewery Vivant's Farmhand Ale

With harvest season now officially passed, it is time to start either canning or using the last round of potatoes, onions, and other subterranean vegetables from the garden. It is no secret that all these kinds of produce are great in soups and other comfort foods. The short, cold days of late autumn can be taxing on a person's disposition, and nothing warms the belly & soul like a rich pot of soup. The world of soup is virtually infinite but one of my favorites, especially this time of year, is potato leek soup. We all know plenty about potatoes but the leek may remain a bit mysterious to some--Allium ampeloprasum is in the same family as onions and garlic but grows in a long sheath rather than a tight bulb like its cousins. Leeks are an extremely hardy plant preferring sandy soil and can grow rather tall. When harvested for use, the long green stalks must be removed and the white cylinder at the bottom should be sliced lengthwise and cleaned thoroughly, as the way it grows allows for a significant amount of dirt and sand to collect there (here is a short video showing how to clean and prep them).
Published in Soups / Stews
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.
Published in Brewery Events

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.
Published in Brewery Events

2nd annual Hoptoberfest ups the ante for Hopcat’s Fall Beer Festival

Hopcat is already the third best beer bar on planet Earth (per Beer Advocate magazine,) and they obviously have their sights set now on inter-planetary dominance based on this year’s Hoptoberfest festival. 40 Michigan breweries took over Ionia Street to celebrate. Standouts included Hudsonvile’s White Flame Brewing Co. which in addition to their astounding Bourbon Barrel aged Black Sheep IPA, also featured a beer drinking, cigarette smoking “G Man” super hero mascot making the rounds throughout the festival. Although there was no German beer tent this year, instead a booth of rotating taps featured such speciality pours as the Hopcat Rapture Wild Ale and Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
Published in Fall Events

Brewery Vivant Hosts 2nd Annual Wood-Aged Beer Festival

Brewery Vivant wants to give you wood. That's right, the venerable Belgian zen masters of Grand Rapids, operating from their monastic cloisters in East Town, are holding their 2nd annual Wood-Aged Beer Festival on Saturday, October 6th. The event will feature several rare, limited-release bourbon barrel aged and sour beers as well as food specials and duck brats (yeah I said it) all day.
Published in Brewery Events

Recap of Brewery Vivant Beer Dinner at The State Room

We were at The State Room inside the Kellogg Center in East Lansing last night for this month's "Tapped" beer dinner featuring Brewery Vivant from Grand Rapids. It was a 5-course meal served with several of Vivant's standby beers and a couple of their limited batch features. As usual, The State Room did a tremendous job with the beer & food pairings, and the dish presentations were fabulous.

U.P. Fall Beer Fest Returns to Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park

Michigan Brewers Guild Hosts 4th Annual Event – Saturday, September 8

More than 30 Michigan craft breweries will gather at Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Saturday, September 8 for the 4th Annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival where attendees will be able to sample from more than 160 different locally-crafted beers – along with food prepared by area restaurants and live, local entertainment.
Published in Michigan Brewers Guild

The Dirty Americans

Craft Beer and Rock N Roll seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly so naturally we were excited when we heard about the first annual Michigan Rock N Brew Festival. We were even more excited when we found out it was going to be held right in our home city of Lansing, Mi! The Michigan Rock N Brew Festival is a weekend long celebration of Michigan Craft Beer and live Rock N Roll.
Published in Summer Events

Lansing Beer Week Presents: Michigan Craft Beer Bar Crawl

The fifth event in the Lansing Beer Week rotation will be a bar crawl through the Stadium District in downtown Lansing on the evening of Thursday, August 23rd. Tickets are $25 and includes two pints of Michigan craft beer and access to exclusive beer & food specials at each of the four stops along the way. The bars included in the crawl will be The Waterfront Bar and GrilleThe Nuthouse Sports GrillTaps 25, and The Tin Can. All these places have made Michigan beers a big part of their business models and we are proud to have them aboard for this bar crawl.
Published in Beer Week Events
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