Category Archives: brewpubs

Images of the Michigan Bike Expo


Neither blowing snow, nor single digits temperatures, nor icy roads could keep the truly determined from attending today’s Michigan Bike Expo at the Michigan State University’s Ag Pavilion. For the first time, the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, the League of Michigan … Continue reading

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Reenergizing first-tier suburbs


While there is generally more press about the decline of many of our post-industrial cities, there are a number of first-tier suburbs that struggle economically as well. In fact, as many older inner cities have seen a millennial generation revival, … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2013


With just over three weeks left in 2013, here are some of my favorites for the year, subject to last-minute change before January 1st. ADVERTISING TV ads – any and all “Mayhem” advertisements by Allstate BREWS Beer- Tom Cream Premium … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from Boulder


I had the great pleasure of visiting Boulder, Colorado for the first time over an extended four-day weekend. As an urban planner, I was able to take away many useful lessons for many communities across the nation, including here in … Continue reading

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Sports/games that should have been invented


If haggis hurling/tossing can be a sport, so can these. Look for them on a cable channel near you! Stay tuned for more. Slam dunk wiffle ball Reverse role deer hunting Medicine ball shot put Curling hurling Sky-high jumping (with … Continue reading

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Are brewpubs becoming too standardized?


In a word, yes. I have visited several dozen brewpubs in seven states and am beginning to tire of the same old, same old format of restored historic building, wood floors, big screen TVs, brick walls, lots of noise, standard … Continue reading

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A trip to Oddside Ales


Made a road trip yesterday to Grand Haven that among other things included a short brew respite at Oddside Ales. A quaint and enjoyable microbrewery, Oddside produces quite a range of beers for being a small brewer. I tried out … Continue reading

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It’s the only way to fly!


Kudos to Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who announced this past Thursday that Bell’s Brewery will be opening a new brewpub in the Great Hall pre-security shopping/dining portion of the airport terminal. With fantastic beers like Oberon, … Continue reading

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A bicyclist’s dream come true – a trailside brewpub


This past Saturday, Alison and I made a trip to the northern burbs of Grand Rapids to wander the quaint shops of Rockford, Michigan and try out the Rockford Brewing Company. Given its location aside the White Pine State Trail … Continue reading

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