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Recap: The Great American Beer Festival 2017

This past weekend marked my 6th trip to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, or as beer geeks know it, GABF. For those who aren’t familiar with the annual event, it’s the largest collection of U.S. beer served in a public tasting event, featuring 3,900+ beers from over 800 breweries from all across the…

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Recap: Great Taste of the Midwest

August is a pretty good month in Michigan; the weather is beautiful, the lakes are warm and the beers are flowing! So you’re probably asking why I decided to leave the state in the 2nd weekend of August along with 23 of our best breweries? Great Taste of the Midwest! Short of the GABF, this…

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A Beer Geek in Britain Part 2

The London leg of my trip has come to an end, as I once again find myself writing while taking the train (and enjoying a Belgian IPA from Brew by Numbers). It has been an amazing week with amazing beer, historical sites and culture abound as I’ve been on the Beer Geeks in Britain with…

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A Beer Geek in Britain Part 1

Good morning/afternoon! Remember when I said I was packing my beer into my suitcase for another journey? I’m guessing the title spoiled it, but I joined Onward Travel and Dave Engbers from Founder’s Brewing on a week long beer journey in London. My grand plans of doing a daily write up were smashed by a…

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A Recap of Savor: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending SAVOR 2017 in Washington D.C., an annual event hosted by the Brewers Association that celebrates beer and food pairings (two of my favorite things!).  This year happened to be the 10th anniversary of the festival, and I was honored to receive an invitation to attend. At SAVOR, 86 small…

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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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