Entries by Tiffany Ewigleben


Elk Brewing: Homegrown

GRAND RAPIDS — “We’re not hunters — not really,” says Eric Karns, owner and head brewer at Elk with a chuckle. “Elk is from the beer I made when I got married, it’s actually our initials — Eric and Lisa Karns.” Like the homebrew created for his bride, Elk Brewing is a product of love […]


Jackson beer fest highlights Michigan brews

JACKSON — The Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival is on the cusp of a general renaissance. Rebecca Calkins, PR and Technology Manager at Experience Jackson, connects the dots. “We are the visitor’s bureau for Jackson, and we are a sponsor (along with the Grand River Marketplace-home of Grand River Brewery) for this event.  The Jackson […]


#MichiganBeer spreads the joy of local brews

GRAND RAPIDS — #MichiganBeer. The ubiquitous symbol you may have seen stuck on light posts, tacked onto bulletin boards and on t-shirts in breweries and shops in the West Michigan area. Simply phrased, a representation of 21st century sensibilities. It’s a hashtag. No, it means pound, you just didn’t know that because you’re 21. Pound Michigan […]


KD aLe mixes beer knowledge with book smarts

GRAND RAPIDS — Libraries are a gathering space, a way to exchange and garner information, to learn something new, or to learn something more. And in Michigan, what could be more logical than wanting to learn more about beer? Kent District Library, a public library system comprised of 18 branches that serves residents throughout Kent County, […]


Backstage Series defines Founders’ philosophy

GRAND RAPIDS — The Backstage Series, those 750mL bottles filled with taproom one-offs or something new altogether are what epitomizes the Founders’ Philosophy of Brewing. Just ask Dave Engbers, Co-Founder and Vice President of Brand & Education.  “The Backstage Series is one of the fun things that wasn’t part of the original business plan.  We […]

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