Entries by Erik Smith

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Fall Kicks Off with Vander Fest

Grey skies and cooler temperatures couldn’t dampen the spirits of attendees at this year’s Vander Fest, the yearly celebration hosted by Michigan’s highest volume cidery, Vander Mill of Spring Lake. The festival takes place in early October and was conceived as a celebration of the cidery’s success in this up-and-coming industry. “One of our founders, […]

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Cross-border collaboration beer on tap at Batch Brewing Company

Two nanobreweries from opposite sides of the Detroit-Windsor border have teamed up to revisit a long-forgotten American beer style. Together with Motor Craft Ales, Batch Brewing Company launched the Canucky Common. The beer is a spin on the Kentucky Common, an obscure historical beer brewed in Kentucky from the Civil War through Prohibition. “There is […]


Festivalgoers cool down with Michigan brews

The 18th Annual Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival took place at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti on Friday and Saturday. Over 100 breweries gathered to deliver 932 brews for the celebration of our state’s wildly popular beer culture. Hot and steamy weather didn’t discourage the thousands of exuberant attendees. Shade trees and numerous water stations […]