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About Marie Orttenburger

An Upper Peninsula native, Marie's passion for both Michigan and its beer is as bottomless as you wish your next pint to be. Relocating to Grand Rapids in 2010, her love for community, journalism and photography has played an integral role in shaping her professional and daily life. By day, Marie is currently employed as a technical writer/marketer. By night, her dreams are occupied by fields of hops filled with puppies and permeated by the melodies of local music.
Latest Posts | By Marie Orttenburger
Raising a glass to zombies
4 years ago

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 …
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Beer City brewers gather for first-ever round table
4 years ago

Beer City brewers gather for first-ever round table

GRAND RAPIDS — Experience Beer West Michigan hosted an event that was the first of its kind to take place in the state of Michigan earlier this week.

The Beer …
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U.P. Fest sells out, provides great view, beer and Northern hospitality
4 years ago

U.P. Fest sells out, provides great view, beer and Northern hospitality

MARQUETTE — It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person attending a beer festival must be in want of nothing (excluding, of course, more beer). But put said beer …
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Ore Dock strives to reinvigorate Marquette history
4 years ago

Ore Dock strives to reinvigorate Marquette history

The story behind the foundation of Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette is one of travel, collaboration and reclamation. Founders Andrea and Wes Pernsteiner were inspired to start the brewery …
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Brewery Vivant hosts meeting to support Fix Our GR Roads initiative
4 years ago

Brewery Vivant hosts meeting to support Fix Our GR Roads initiative

Brewery Vivant’s Pothole Stout began as more of a joke about the seemingly ever-proliferating and entirely unavoidable potholes that freckle Grand Rapids roads.

It has since become the symbol of …
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Blackrocks cultivates U.P. interest in craft beer, continues growth
4 years ago

Blackrocks cultivates U.P. interest in craft beer, continues growth

MARQUETTE — Blackrocks Brewery’s production site is fully equipped with a 20 bbl brew house, five 40 bbl fermenters, canning equipment and a ping pong table for downtime.

But when co-owners …
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High Five invites members and public to share favorite beers and home brews
4 years ago

High Five invites members and public to share favorite beers and home brews

GRAND RAPIDS — High Five Co-op Brewery hosted its first official membership event and “sixer mixer” this past Saturday.

Members and non-members alike met in The Factory, a collaborative workspace, …
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Blackrocks celebrates three years in Marquette
4 years ago

Blackrocks celebrates three years in Marquette

MARQUETTE —There was no shortage of ugly sweaters at Blackrocks Brewery’s third anniversary celebration at its production site on Washington Street this weekend. The party gave guests the opportunity to …
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