Entries by Angela Steil

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German Tradition Meets Cedar Springs Brewing's Ambition

I’m seated in an industrial looking, high-ceiled venue that’s filled with long picnic tables, various flags gently waving in front of second story windows, fermentation vessels peeking out from high above the bar, and wooden sliding doors that divide the space into private room, main beer hall, and back of house operations. Upon closer inspection, […]

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57 Brewpub’s Approach to Balance and Local-Centric Brews

57 Brewpub and Bistro is a family restaurant kind of establishment that may not be right in the beer mecca of Grand Rapids, but provides yet another fun excursion for the nearby city dweller or curious local to come in and see that craft beer is perfect for any town.    Thomas Payne, the head […]

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57 Brewpub's Approach to Balance and Local-Centric Brews

57 Brewpub and Bistro is a family restaurant kind of establishment that may not be right in the beer mecca of Grand Rapids, but provides yet another fun excursion for the nearby city dweller or curious local to come in and see that craft beer is perfect for any town.    Thomas Payne, the head […]

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Pike 51 Brewing Co: Growing Sour Program

Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co. is a small brewery also connected to the Hudsonville Winery in, you guessed it, Hudsonville, Michigan. It may not have enormous brewing capacity like Bell’s or Founders, but Pike 51 is absolutely worthy of being on everyone’s radar for their killer brews. In particular, I’ve discovered a love for their […]

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Sirius clouds ahead: Taking a look at Stormcloud beers

Leelanau Pale Ale 6% ABV  •  “An ongoing exploration of local hops from the Leelanau Peninsula. Currently hopped with Empire Orchards Vojvodina hops.” Oooh! Utilizing the local hops, eh? Glad to see that trend popping up. Granted, Michigan won’t provide all of our hop needs, but it’s quite some fun to assess the local flair […]

Cranking up some Cranker’s brews

New Cheerry-O 5.4% ABV  •  18 IBU •  “Light, clean, and crisp brewed with real MI cherries” Before me sits a clear brew that is burnt orange to reddish amber in color with a full and resistant light pink head. Quite pretty in fact! A whiff of tart cherries hits me initially, but the overall […]