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Perrin Dr. Lacto

Style: Flanders Red Ale ABV: 7% Aroma: Fairly forward funkiness, leading with notes of tart cherry pie. The aroma is fairly typical of a Flanders red ale, only slightly cleaner and less complex, in a rather pleasing way. Appearance: Dr. Lacto pours slightly golden amber, with a white head that doesn’t stick around too long. More than ...

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Perrin looks to continue growth, become destination brewery

COMSTOCK PARK — It’s easy to profile a physical brewery — brick and mortar, a building somewhere, brew kettles and a bar, tap handles on the wall and seating of some kind. Perrin Brewing Company is, in this respect, like many breweries. A large, standalone, industrial style building holds the brewery and taproom. Seating fits ...

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Liquid candy: pairing your Halloween favorites with Michigan craft beer

All Hallows Eve. As children, we relished in the yearly ritual where we were able to dress in costume, knock on our neighbor’s doors and fill our buckets with candy. As adults, we might still dress up. The majority of us will most likely consume the candy we did as children. But some things change. As craft beer enthusiasts, the time for ...

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Enjoying Michigan’s bounty at the Detroit Beer Festival

DETROIT – “This is amazing. I’m used to festivals with maybe 20 breweries, two of which are Budweiser or Miller.” The guy speaking stood before me, dressed in a red ball cap and sweatshirt with a large “N,” denoting where he recently moved from — Nebraska. In contrast to his native Cornhusker State&rsqu ...

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Michigan breweries reign supreme at Eastern Market

For the sixth year running, Eastern Market hosted the Detroit Fall Beer Festival this past weekend in Detroit. In what has seemingly become tradition, Michigan craft beer enthusiasts donned Halloween costumes in spirit of the upcoming holiday. They waited patiently in line to sample rarities and regulars from the state’s finest breweries. ...

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Craft brewers meet to discuss and pitch ideas for water conservation

GRAND RAPIDS — Roughly 90% of beer, from the process to the product, is water. Dave Engbers of Founders Brewing Co. put it simply, “We can’t brew the great beer that we do without great water.” This was the overwhelming consensus at the sixth annual Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference for craft brewer ...

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Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout

Style: Specialty stout ABV: 6.1% Glassware: Snifter Aroma: Slightly boozy, with rich caramel sweetness and a pleasant fresh grain character. Subtle dark fruits are highlighted on the tail end of the aroma. Instantly, the beer is outwardly complex. Appearance: Dark, with a nice light brown head. The head pours thick at first, and dwindles ...

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Sietsema Orchards shares success with community

GRAND RAPIDS — Andy Sietsema is not one to toot his own horn — he even told us that. We had to drag out of him all the good work he does, and it’s well worth noting. Apple farmer, businessman and driving force behind Sietsema Orchards and cider, he is a family man who loves what he does and shares his successes with those who ...

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Talking a growing craft: Ryan Burk of Virtue Cider

MittenBrew sat down with Virtue Cider head cider maker Ryan Burk at the Downtown Market for a nice fall afternoon discussion. While on the upstairs patio, Burk discussed cider, his background growing up in upstate New York and how he ended up at Virtue Cider and the future of the company. Listen here: The post Talking a growing craft: Ryan Bur ...

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Raising a glass to zombies

DORR — The first Zombie Beer Festival took place this weekend in at the New Salem Corn Maze. A sort of adult Halloween party, it was the first of its kind to take place in the Grand Rapids area, and one of the first organizer Joe Boyer has put together. “I’m a kid at heart,” said Boyer. “I still dress up for Hallow ...

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