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A Rookie’s Look at the 35th GABF

This past weekend marked both my first visit to Denver, Colorado, as well as my first trip the Great American Beer Festival. Having been to a few beer festivals in my day, I thought I had a pretty good idea about what to expect. As it turns out, I had no idea. Before I talk…

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Event Recap: The Michigan Beer and Wine Festival

I stumbled across this event on facebook and it seemed like an interesting event and an interesting location; Grand Circus in Detroit. The weather cooperated for the entire event, only downpouring after the event was over. They made great use of the space, circling the central fountain with tents, and then another circle of tents…

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Engaging Experiences at This Year’s Traverse City Wine & Art Festival [Press Release]

A New Direction for the Festival Offers Fun Events with Local Winemakers, Farmers, Chefs and Artists Imagine pairing wine with chocolate. Or, discovering new music you’ve never heard of. Or indulging on fresh fare handcrafted by local farmers and chefs using local ingredients. Or, taking a tour with local winemakers tasting varietals handcrafted from different…

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Bell’s Brewery Celebrates 5th Year as Title Sponsor of Bell’s Bayview to Mackinac Yacht Race

Larry Bell was born and raised in Chicago, and while he still maintains a presence there (and is a diehard Cubs fan), he has an obvious sweet spot in his heart for Pure Michigan.   Considered the patriarch of today’s Michigan craft beer world, Larry launched The Kalamazoo Brewing Company in 1983, which was incorporated…

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The Great American Beer Festival 2014

This past weekend I was one of 49,000 people that attended The Great American Beer Festival in Denver Colorado. It was the 28th year for the festival, and the 4th year in a row that I’ve attended. The festival was made up of three public sessions and a member session filled with over 3,500 beers…

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Spartans & Wine

Last night was pretty awesome as I got to combine two of my favorite things – drinking Michigan wine with Michigan State Alumni. The folks over at the Macomb Spartan Alumni Group put together a really cool event at The Michigan By The Bottle Tasting Room in Shelby Township. They invited me to attend as a special…

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7 Monks Taproom to Host Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Beer Camp

This is kind of exciting, 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City, Michigan was chosen to host the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beer Camp Across America Tap Takeover. Phew, that was a lot to say! The event will be on July 18th, with all kegs tapped at 4:00 pm. Why is this event so special? Sierra Nevada…

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Win Two Tickets to the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

On Saturday, June 21st, the Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City will be full of people celebrating Michigan wine, art, and food, all while listening to amazing music, and you could be joining them! We are excited to be giving away two pairs of tickets to this year’s Traverse City Wine & Art…

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The TinMan Whiskey Lab

A couple of weeks ago, we told you all about our upcoming trip to take part in the New Holland TinMan Whiskey Lab. Well, the trip is complete, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. The day started bright and early (very early, given how late we were at the pub the night before!)…

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Recap: 2014 Michigan Winter Beer Festival

Another Winter Beer Festival has come to a close and Trisha and I are back home counting down the days until next year. When I tell those who haven’t been what we were up to this weekend, drinking beer outside in frigid temps for several hours, they told me I was crazy. However there is…

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Winter Beer Festival Survival Guide

It’s that time again – our favorite Saturday of the winter! This weekend, dozens of breweries and thousands of beer lovers will crowd into Fifth-Third Ballpark in Comstock Park for the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival. View the Winter Beer Festival 2015 Beer List now! 2015 promises to be bigger and better than ever before – more…

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An Update on our Annual Holiday Party

Some of you have been asking about our annual holiday party, and we wanted to let you know that we won’t be having it this year. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster in our personal lives these last few months, with a cancer fight and saying goodbye to some people we loved very much,…

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