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The sweet harmony of beer and pizza in Grand Rapids


On Saturday night, we had a chance to stop by a fairly new brewpub in the trendy Eastown Business District of Grand Rapids. Harmony Brewing Company opened its doors approximately a year ago near the intersection of Lake and Wealthy … 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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HopCat abounds with beer and more


HopCat in downtown Grand Rapids is rightfully touted as being rated as one of the best beer bars in the world. It is a top-notch venue and serves up a ginormous selection of beers including 49 on tap and 200 … 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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Brewing up great third places – brewpubs


Unlike coffee, which took me a while to acquire a taste for, I never had problem developing a liking for beer. As a teenager, even though I could not drink beer (legally), I collected beer cans from many breweries. In a clear example of … Continue reading

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