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Founders goes backwoods for fall

By  •  Reviews, West

Seldom do I find a beer that balances has the right measure of alcohol flavor versus sweetness. Founders Brewing Co.’s fall specialty brew, Backwoods Bastard, not only balances the two, …
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BeerSocialGR to put emphasis on winter flavors

GRAND RAPIDS — MittenBrew is gearing up for its second BeerSocialGR event — a collaboration between the beer news site and Grand Rapids-based restaurant group The L&B Portfolio.

The first …
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Vivant highlights wood-aged brews

The following is a sample size of brews served during Brewery Vivant’s Wood-Aged Beer Celebration on Oct. 22. Drawing in an estimated 500 beer drinkers, more than 2,250 six-ounce cups …
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500 congregate for Vivant’s wood-aged brews

GRAND RAPIDS — When a brewery owner and his brewmaster are on the same page, magical things happen. Just ask Jacob Derylo, brewmaster at Brewery Vivant.

Saturday, the brewpub hosted …
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Hoptoberfest offers unique flare on tradition

GRAND RAPIDS — An estimated 4,500 people filled a downtown street Saturday, braving wind and cold temperatures to enjoy local beers in the first Hoptoberfest.

A collaboration between HopCat and seven …
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Celebrating the world of cider

We talk with Paul Vander Heide, owner of Vander Mill, about the second annual Vander Fest. The event, which drew roughly 400 people, celebrated both hard cider and beer, …
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Leading to Saturday: The latest on Hoptoberfest

Grand Rapids is prepping up for what could be one of the largest beer celebrations in West Michigan. Celebrating the German Oktoberfest heritage, Saturday’s Hoptoberfest will feature great beer, art …
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Vander Fest melds beer and cider

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP — Cider collided with beer Saturday as Vander Mill hosted its second annual beer and cider festival.

Vander Fest serves as both a beer and hard cider …
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