Entries by David Bardallis

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Grizzly Peak celebrates 20 years of beer and influence

ANN ARBOR – When Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. opened in August 1995, it was just one of seven breweries in Michigan (including nearby Arbor Brewing Co., which opened one month earlier). Two decades later, as Michigan prepares to exceed 200 breweries, the state’s top-selling brewpub is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a hopped-up new beer, […]

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Michigan Cask Ale Fest draws 500+ to Ashley’s

WESTLAND — “I can’t believe the difference between the two!” The woman speaking was not alone in her surprise. She was just one of the attendees at an educational seminar demonstrating the more delicate and complex flavors of beer served out of a firkin versus beer served from a conventional draft system. The seminar, led […]

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Michigan Cask Ale Fest draws 500+ to Ashley's

WESTLAND — “I can’t believe the difference between the two!” The woman speaking was not alone in her surprise. She was just one of the attendees at an educational seminar demonstrating the more delicate and complex flavors of beer served out of a firkin versus beer served from a conventional draft system. The seminar, led […]

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New brewery on the Block in Howell

HOWELL — After months of intense renovation, the caterpillar that was once the Shark Club of Howell has emerged as the butterfly that is now Block Brewing Company, the latest Michigan craft brewery to open its doors to a public increasingly craving fresh, local beer. Named after automotive engineer turned brewhouse designer turned college instructor […]

Enjoying Michigan's bounty at the Detroit Beer Festival

DETROIT – “This is amazing. I’m used to festivals with maybe 20 breweries, two of which are Budweiser or Miller.” The guy speaking stood before me, dressed in a red ball cap and sweatshirt with a large “N,” denoting where he recently moved from — Nebraska. In contrast to his native Cornhusker State’s beer events, […]

Enjoying Michigan’s bounty at the Detroit Beer Festival

DETROIT – “This is amazing. I’m used to festivals with maybe 20 breweries, two of which are Budweiser or Miller.” The guy speaking stood before me, dressed in a red ball cap and sweatshirt with a large “N,” denoting where he recently moved from — Nebraska. In contrast to his native Cornhusker State’s beer events, […]