Entries by Steven Michael Holmes

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B. Nektar Sets New Standard for Mead with Unique Libations

In its eight years of existence, B. Nektar Meadery has grown steadily, upgrading from fermenting in carboys and 55-gallon food-grade drums to producing up to 150 barrels of liquid a week. “We just keep getting bigger,” said William McCune, production manager at B. Nektar. Now, the meadery’s annual festivals draw crowds of over 1200 people […]


Hot Summer in the City: Founders Fest 2016

Thousands spent last Saturday ringing in what’s sure to be a very hot summer at Founders Fest 2016. This year’s celebration of beer and music featured eight musical acts, food and goods from local vendors, and carnival-esque sideshows by Super Happy Funtime Entertainment.   In the stifling heat, imbibers promised to hydrate with a water […]


Good Vibes at Odd Side Ales Funk Fest

A long overdue festival for Odd Side Ales finally popped its cherry on Saturday. OSA has been exploring the idea of a festival for quite a while now. They always liked the idea of having an outdoor anniversary festival, but since their anniversary falls on St. Patrick’s Day, the weather never seemed like something they […]

Brewery Vivant Celebrates 5 Years

Grand Rapids — December 20 will find Brewery Vivant celebrating their 5th year of business in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids. To mark this occasion they are serving rare and exciting beers, special dishes, and announcing a sour beer program as well as releasing a wood-aged sour beer Anniversary Ale in a 500ml […]

Neighborhood welcomes Creston Brewery

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids’ largest neighborhood has a new brewery to look forward to come spring. Creston Brewery plans to begin construction this December in the Creston Business District. Partners Vincent Lambert, Cailin Kelly, Scott Schultz, and Molly Bouwsma-Schultz are breathing new life into the former DeKorne Furniture Showroom. “The building is an absolute treasure […]

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Perrin Brewing supports local, national veterans

It’s not uncommon for craft breweries to give back to their community––their established consumer base and growing popularity offers an ideal platform for volunteer efforts, awareness programs, and financial donations. “We took our cause . . . I thought it was very important for us; it’s near and dear to my heart,” said Jarred Sper, […]

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