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About Philip and Erin Zoutendam

Philip and Erin love Michigan, enough so that after two years of exile in Arizona, they moved back to the Mitten State for no practical reason. They share a love for Belgian-style ales, and they also love literature, about which they blog for their other not-day-job.
Latest Posts | By Philip and Erin Zoutendam
A Melting Pot: Beer blends in and still stands out at Wine, Beer & Food Festival
3 years ago

A Melting Pot: Beer blends in and still stands out at Wine, Beer & Food Festival

It’s that time of year again, the time when the beer people dress up a little (maybe), and the wine people dress down a little (maybe), and meet in the …
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Raise your spirits: it’s Flat Lander’s Whiskyfest
3 years ago

Raise your spirits: it’s Flat Lander’s Whiskyfest

GRAND RAPIDS — Gregg Palazzolo was standing 30 feet from where he’s sitting now when he got a call. He was next door at the future Grand Butchers, helping some …
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Back to school: “Founders University” tutors beer nerds in sensory perception
3 years ago

Back to school: “Founders University” tutors beer nerds in sensory perception

GRAND RAPIDS — Class is in session. Everyone find a seat. Take out a pen. Please don’t drink any of the beer in front of you just yet.

This is …
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Latitude 42 Island Fever Coconut Stout (Nitro)
3 years ago

Latitude 42 Island Fever Coconut Stout (Nitro)

4.5% ABV, Draft

Appearance: Jet black, tall pale head Aroma: Strong coconut muddled with a little malt — reminiscent of almond joy Taste: Very sweet and, well, “coconutty” Mouthfeel: Light …
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Latitude 42 Powerline Porter
3 years ago

Latitude 42 Powerline Porter

5.5% ABV, Can

Appearance: Inky black, thin tan head Aroma: Strong aromas of coffee, caramel and brown sugar Taste: Unapologetic porter, with a rich maltiness and a slight bitterness Mouthfeel:
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Can it! Latitude 42 philosophy on the beer can
3 years ago

Can it! Latitude 42 philosophy on the beer can

PORTAGE — Scott Freitas has a whole catalog of names for what it is: A mini-keg, an earth saver, a billboard, a handful of high tech, the “ultimate package for …
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Latitude 42 Red Beard’s India Style Red Ale
3 years ago

Latitude 42 Red Beard’s India Style Red Ale

6.5% ABV, Can

Appearance: Clean copper, moderate creamy head Aroma: Hoppy, with a strong pine scent Taste: Slight malt at the front followed by a strong woodsy hop flavor Mouthfeel:
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Latitude 42 Lil’ Sunshine Golden Ale
3 years ago

Latitude 42 Lil’ Sunshine Golden Ale

4.8% ABV, Can

Appearance: Lucid golden, light head, bubbly Aroma: Elusive hints of yeast Taste: Yeasty malt tones with slight bitter finish Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean, with a fuller than …
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