Entries by CurlyHost

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Crystal Mountain ushers in 10th Beer & Brat Fest

THOMPSONVILLE — When there is no snow on a ski mountain, what is there to do? Plenty! Well, at least there is at Crystal Mountain. It’s Memorial Day weekend, and to kick off a day of remembrance there is first lots of sunshine, beer and food to be enjoyed at the 10th Annual Michigan Beer […]

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Short's celebrates its 1,999th batch of beer

“Put your hands up in the air/wave them around like you just don’t care!” A crowded, makeshift dance floor raises their hands and jumps to the beat — the Backstreet Boys have come to Bellaire to celebrate Short’s Brewing. OK, not the real boyband, but their 90s hit songs are in the air, pumping up […]

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What's in a name? The evolution of what we call our favorite beers

Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” The people, places and things in our lives all have names, but how and why those names are chosen is constantly evolving. For instance, you won’t find any ‘stewardesses’ on any flights to Bombay (now Mumbai), sports stadiums are now named after insurance conglomerates, and no one has […]

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Family history leads to d'Vine Wines

The Flint Farmers’ Market has over a century of history. As the decades passed and the environment changed, the market remained a constant presence, always ensuring local products and a community symbiosis of giving and taking. Amidst all of this were Maria and Rob Carlin, owners of d’Vine Wines, opened in 2005 as the first […]

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Oliver T's focuses on handcrafted experiences

GRAND BLANC — “Follow me,” he says, and before I can do anything besides enthusiastically nod my head, I’m racing to keep up with this man I had just shaken hands with. He’s gesturing and pointing as we pass shelves of bagged pasta, salsa, giant jars of fresh spices — everything so colorful and delicious […]