Entries by Bryan Esler


Creativity, experimentation helps boom of craft cider industry

GRAND RAPIDS — Cider throughout the U.S. is booming. But in Michigan? “It’s been pretty fast [growing] for a good three years running now,” said Paul Vander Heide, president of the Michigan Cider Association (MCA) and owner of Vander Mill in Spring Lake. The Michigan cider industry is growing so fast that Vander Heide teamed up […]

Artistic fermentation: A look at beers at The Gallery

Precision Porter 6.3% ABV — In a world with breweries spreading their brewing time and abilities across a wide range of styles, The Gallery took a refreshing view on the classic Porter. Easily the best beer on the tap list, the Porter is led by a strong roasted barley presence. The brewery is hamstrung by having […]


Evans discusses Grand Rapids brewing history in new book

It’s obvious to the rest of the city, state and country. The present state of Grand Rapids beer is thriving. Between being named BeerCity USA, winning multiple other polls — including the recent “Best Beer Town” by USA Today — local craft beer is here to stay. But what most people might not be aware […]