Entries by Bryan Esler


Art of the Table your one stop shop for party needs

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 […]


The Crushed Grape offers unique craft bottle list

GRAND RAPIDS — You might not notice it at first, but behind Celebration! Cinema and across from Meijer on Knapp Street, you’ll find one of the most unique bottle shops in the area. The Crushed Grape, opened since 2008, is known for its second floor wine loft, unique food items, spirits and craft beer. “It’s […]

Gravity to open Friday with 64 taps

Gravity Taphouse Grille hosted VIPs on Monday, offering 64 taps and a variety of food menu options. The eclectic, industrial atmosphere includes a full bar, private gathering spaces and an outdoor heated patio. Gravity will open to the public this Friday, and is located at 3210 Deposit Drive in Grand Rapids. A ribbon cutting is […]


High Five looks for funding to take next steps

GRAND RAPIDS — High Five Co-op Brewery is moving forward, with plans in the future to open a taproom. But it’s not easy, and the first co-op brewery in Michigan is asking for the public’s help. The group has 13 days left on a Kickstarter campaign that launched in late August. “The goal is $15,000,” said Josh Smith, […]

ArtPrize introduces Founders Mosaic Promise for 2014

For the second straight year, Founders has collaborated with ArtPrize to produce a beer specific to the world’s largest art event. The beer, Mosaic Promise, was highlighted during ArtPrize on Tap on Wednesday night at Founders. The brew will be released in bottles at Meijer stores throughout Michigan on Sept. 14, and released elsewhere on […]

AHA winners share methodology behind brewing a winning beer

GRAND RAPIDS — While the American Homebrewers Association’s National Homebrewers Conference was certainly a win for West Michigan, it was even more so for a group of local home brewers. Jeff Carlson (PrimeTime Brewers), Nick Rodammer (Brewsquitos Homebrewing Club) and Kathy Troxell (Rivertown Homebrewers) were three home brewers who took home medals at the event, for […]

New Holland Twisted Cedar English Ale

5.8% ABV, Draft Appearance: Slightly cloudy orange color with no head. Aroma: Subtle fruit nose with hops. Taste: Sweet citrus fruit up front followed by some hops and malty bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. This otherwise traditional ale is somewhat “twisted” with a slight citrus sweetness and hop finish. This brew is crisp and relatively easy-drinking, […]