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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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“Bad” can be good


I recently made a short trip south to a newer craft brewer located in the Ingham County seat of Mason, Michigan. The Bad Brewing Company opened in mid-2012 in a handsome historic building just off Courthouse Square. I’ll be honest … Continue reading

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A transcendental trip to Oberon


The aura of Oberon has attained near-mythical proportions in its home state of Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes Region. To many (present company included), this seasonal craft beer brewed by Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo comes as close to a … Continue reading

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Something’s brewing out there


Below, are the five states with the most new brewery openings in 2012 as determined by the Brewers Association. I would have guessed we added more than this in Michigan last year, but still nice for us to be in the … Continue reading

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Grand engine houses of GR


The following photos show three absolutely stunning and historic fire engine houses in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each has been lovingly cared for and restored. Their fine architecture is as impressive today as when they first opened in the latter third … Continue reading

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A frosty mug of economic development


I don’t know about the rest of you, but from what I have observed over the past few years, beer has become an excellent economic development tool regardless of region. In the past year or so, I have observed packed brewpubs, craft breweries, and … Continue reading

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World’s only LEED-certified commercial brewery


Yesterday, Alison and I had the distinct pleasure of touring Brewery Vivant, a Belgian-style brewery in the East Hills neighborhood of Uptown Grand Rapids. This impressive facility was awarded a Silver LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and remains … Continue reading

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BEER – my current favorite brewski’s (UPDATED)


I enjoy a great tasting and refreshing beer and especially like finding new ones. My own taste buds tend to prefer traditional lagers, pilsners, reds, and wheat beers. I will drink pale ales and India Pale Ales, but prefer beers … Continue reading

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