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Sietsema Orchards seeks to rebrand cider for summer

GRAND RAPIDS — Many people — perhaps the majority — don’t begin thinking about cider until the leaves start to turn. That spicy, apple-cinnamon flavor is quintessentially autumnal. You wouldn’t think of visiting an apple orchard before harvest time, before there are things like corn mazes and hayrides to enjoy. And ...

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Journeyman Distillery: growing organically

Take a look at the paperwork involved, and you know it’s not a small thing to be certified organic these days. Little by little, farmers are taking the steps to grow and raise products without synthetic fertilizers, artificial pesticides, growth hormones, feed additives or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). When you’re a ...

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Sirius clouds ahead: Taking a look at Stormcloud beers

Leelanau Pale Ale 6% ABV  •  “An ongoing exploration of local hops from the Leelanau Peninsula. Currently hopped with Empire Orchards Vojvodina hops.” Oooh! Utilizing the local hops, eh? Glad to see that trend popping up. Granted, Michigan won’t provide all of our hop needs, but it’s quite some fun to ...

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Grizzly Peak celebrates 20 years of beer and influence

ANN ARBOR – When Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. opened in August 1995, it was just one of seven breweries in Michigan (including nearby Arbor Brewing Co., which opened one month earlier). Two decades later, as Michigan prepares to exceed 200 breweries, the state’s top-selling brewpub is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a hopped-up ne ...

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Taking the Long Road: A conversation with Long Road Distillers

Jon O’Connor and Kyle VanStrien took a long, and detoured, road to opening Grand Rapids’ first distillery. The pair have a passion for local and spirits and it shines through now that Long Road Distillers is open. Join Pat Evans on a conversation with the two passionate Westsiders from Grand Rapids. The post Taking the Long Road: A ...

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GR Cocktail Guild hosts second “Iron Bartender” challenge

The fairly recently formed Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild bills itself as “A local collegiate of experienced professionals working to develop, enrich and share the history, art, culture and enjoyment of the distilled spirits.” Based upon their second  “Iron Bartender” challenge, they  appear to be succeeding in fu ...

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Stormcloud celebrates two years with music, games and plenty of brews

Stormcloud Brewing Company, now open daily year round, has made a major impact on the small community of Frankfort. This was evident throughout Sunday as it celebrated its second birthday. Usually a quiet town, downtown Frankfort was full of life as the community celebrated a great local brewery. Stormcloud opened its beer garden for the first ...

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Founders says “thanks” to Grand Rapids with beer and music

GRAND RAPIDS — A festival surrounding an in-progress 40-million-dollar expansion made this year’s Founders Fest challenging, but not disappointing. The six-story-high fermenters towering over the fest made this year’s feel a little more special — a “tiny” reminder to the all of the people in attendance that t ...

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Meet the Crowler: the newest innovation in craft beer to-go

Innovation is a driving force in the craft beer industry. Brewers push the boundaries of what a beer can be with new flavors, new ingredients and new techniques. But innovative changes aren’t just found in how a beer tastes, they’re also found in how it’s packaged. If you love bringing home your favorite beers from your favori ...

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Brian Confer: Photographer turned brewer

FRANKFORT — When he traded his camera for a set of home brewing equipment, Stormcloud Brewing Company head brewer Brian Confer took a big risk. Once a photographer for Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, Confer emptied his dark room of photography equipment and instead filled it with a new home brewing setup. The risk paid ...

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