GRAND RAPIDS — “I always say the easiest way to describe us is that we are a store that has everything you need to throw a party,” says Amy Baas, Assistant Manger of Art of the Table.

The store, open since 2003, features everything from decor, food and libations for your next party. And the walk-in beer cooler in the back? That’s a specialty that Baas says makes the store unique from all the other shops out there.

“Everything is sold individually by the bottle,” Baas says. “Granted it’s not a huge space — we probably have about 180 different beers in there. We try not to get anything made by the big guys — we try to stick to craft.

“We love local, but we love good beer. We’ll source beer from all over the world as long as it’s good, tasty beer.”

The walk-in cooler, located in the back of the store in an old meat cooler that’s original to the building, is organized by style, from light to dark.

While most stores group breweries together, Baas wants to give people the ease of finding beers by a specific style they like.

“As you go around, you’ll start with ciders and light, easy drinking beers, then move in to pale ales, IPAs, brown ales, stouts and porters,” she says.

“If people have a favorite and they want to tell us, we are happy to get in beer that our customers want. We pride ourselves on being great with special orders.”

Art of the Table also offers weekly in-store beer tastings every Friday night from 5-7 p.m.

“You can usually try two to three different samples to experience something new or different,” says Baas. “Often we’ll feature a certain style where you can compare, or we’ll feature a certain brewery.”

Beginning Friday, Art of the Table is also having a promotion with its beer selection. Customers who purchase a six pack of beer gets a free can of Proper Soda’s Hop Soda to try out, while supplies last.

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