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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Hoptoberfest combines local brews and blues

Oktoberfest is hitting the streets of Grand Rapids in a whole new way. And it’s going to be “hopping.”

Together with HopCat and Barfly Events, several Grand Rapids-area brewers are …
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Schmohz goes beyond the tap, places emphasis on distribution

By  •  West

Chas Thompson shows us the ropes at Schmohz Brewery in Grand Rapids, and explains the importance his brewery places on distribution.

Nature-like, fall flavors headline first BeerSocialGR

“It tastes like nature,” said James Evans about the first course at Derby Station during Wednesday night’s BeerSocialGR. The first-time event was held at the East Grand Rapids restaurant, and …
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Saugatuck offers one-of-a-kind brew experience

By  •  West

We talk with Barry Johnson of Saugatuck Brewing Company, during Beer-a-Palooza, about growth for the tourist town brewpub and some of its most unique traits. The brewery’s growing portfolio …
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