Walk into the Michigan Pantry store in downtown Holland and you might not see it right away. But take a few steps past colorful displays jam-packed with Michigan-made gifts and you can’t miss it.

Yes, craft beer lovers, it’s a wall dedicated to nearly 30 varieties of Michigan craft beer. By the bottle. Available for mix and match six pack. It’s okay to stare — most customers do the first time they see it.

Each beer features a multi-paragraph description leaving no doubt to what you are buying and what type of food you should pair it with.

And if that wasn’t enough, Michigan Pantry, located at 210 River Ave., also offers unique hard cider offerings, such as the hard-to-find Tandem Ciders and the local gem that is Virtue Cider.

Employee Missi Bastiaanse said the wall of beer began in the summer of 2014, when the store was less than a year old, as way to compliment its Michigan-made theme. She said the store aims for a small, but broad offering, with a special focus on seasonals.

“Why not have a selection of Michigan beer and wine?” she said. “It fits perfectly.”

Owner Robin Nash and Bastiaanse said the store began offering beers they were familiar with from tastings, brewery visits and traveling.

“We started out with what we liked,” Bastiaanse said.

Soon, though, customers asked for specific types of beers and the Michigan Pantry collection evolved. One such beer, Coconut Brown from Blackrocks Brewery, was ordered based on a request.

Nash said anytime they receive feedback, either the owners or someone they trust confirms the quality before it ever hits the shelf at Michigan Pantry.

“We are testing everything,” she said.

Local, fresh produce or beer? You take your pick.

Lansing’s Horrock’s Farm Market is known, not only for their produce variety, but also their beer variety, with thousands of individual beer varieties from hundreds of different brands.

What started as a fruit stand in the Lansing City Market in 1959 has now developed into its own large store that has recently even added a tavern.

The Horrock’s Tavern, opened last summer, features 50 different draft beers that customers can choose to enjoy in the store, or outside of it.

“[Customers] can grab a beer or a glass of wine and visit or walk around the market and shop,” said Dan Dunn, manager at Horrock’s.

With the addition of the tavern, Horrock’s is able to offer beers from small Michigan brewers that do not bottle.

“It gives our customers a chance to try something from a brewery they have not heard of or would not get a chance to visit,” Dunn added.

Not only do the added taps give customers an opportunity to try new Michigan brews in store, but customers can also get growler fills, with the help of the new growler law passed in 2013. The store sells their own growlers, but will also accept other growlers for fills.

The tavern is constantly rotating their beers on tap, and the amount of individual bottles available grows continuously, which is likely due to Dunn’s passion for beer and wine and having a wide variety for his customers.

“Beer and wine have been a passion of mine for a very long time; it’s exciting to be able to take a hobby and interest and then actually work in the beer and wine world,” Dunn said.

Local, fresh produce or beer? You take your pick.
Lansing’s Horrock’s Farm Market is known, not only for their produce variety, but also their beer variety, with thousands of individual beer varieties from hundreds of different brands.
What started as a fruit stand in the Lansing City Market in 1959 has now developed into its own large store that has recently even added a tavern.
The Horrock’s Tavern, opened last summer, features 50 different draft beers that customers can choose to enjoy in the store, or outside of it.
“[Customers] can grab a beer or a glass of wine and visit or walk around the market and shop,” said Dan Dunn, manager at Horrock’s.
With the addition of the tavern, Horrock’s is able to offer beers from small Michigan brewers that do not bottle.
“It gives our customers a chance to try something from a brewery they have not heard of or would not get a chance to visit,” Dunn added.
Not only do the added taps give customers an opportunity to try new Michigan brews in store, but customers can also get growler fills, with the help of the new growler law passed in 2013. The store sells their own growlers, but will also accept other growlers for fills.
The tavern is constantly rotating their beers on tap, and the amount of individual bottles available grows continuously, which is likely due to Dunn’s passion for beer and wine and having a wide variety for his customers.
“Beer and wine have been a passion of mine for a very long time; it’s exciting to be able to take a hobby and interest and then actually work in the beer and wine world,” Dunn said.

Meet Joel ‘Smitty’ Smitter, owner and proprietor of Smitty’s Specialty Beverage in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. You’ll see him in this TARDIS-like building (bigger on the inside) many days out of the week, along with his two sons, Joel and Jared.

This is a family-owned, family-operated business, and a staple of this neighborhood since opening in 1982, and, believe me, the wide variety of clientele that frequent this shop are appreciative for it.

“We really pride ourselves on customer service and being a full service store. We’ve got great staff with a ton of product knowledge — they are much better than I am — and a great selection,” says Smitty. “We are told that — according to the state liquor licensing — [we are] the largest independent liquor license in the state of Michigan.”

The liquor selection — many of which are Michigan made — is huge, and the craft beer section extensive. With a recent revamp and expansion of the building about three years ago, Smitty’s grew even more to carry more product selection for its loyal customers.

“We’ve done a lot of things over the years, and we’ve learned a lot from our customers. I’m so grateful I was smart enough to listen to them,” Smitty says.

Listening to customers, carrying product that’s in demand and employing not only family but folks who are members of the local community, help to make this shop feel like home for so many of their clientele.

Long-term employees provide a familiar face and recognize those customers who walk through the doors a few times a week. The employees are always helpful and ready with suggestions for the best holiday gift for your whiskey lover, will help you put together that perfect six pack or let you know what sought-after brew will be out soon.

Smitty’s works frequently with the Eastown Community Association (ECA), embracing the mantra of ‘local first.’ The bottle shop participates in its annual Halloween Walk (featuring full-size candy bars, folks) and recently, it auctioned off the sought after Pappy Van Winkle Whiskey to a few local folks who donated to the ECA, raising just under $400 for the community organization.

On the shop’s 25th anniversary, Smitty’s threw a party and raised several thousand dollars for the group, and Smitty says they will do it again for their 35th — a $5 or so donation will get you in. Expect local music, food, fun raffles and prizes, and all the proceeds going back to the neighborhood.

Walk through the double doors past the flyers advertising local shows, copies of Revue and other Grand Rapids-based magazines, look up and say hi to those folks, who are often members of Smitty’s family, at the counter, and make your way into the crowded warmth of the place, liquor bottles stacked high and wine on shelves. Brave the beer cooler and keep your coat on, because you’ll be in there awhile.

Family owned and operated with a ‘local first’ mentality, putting customers first, the Smitty’s crew exists to serve you.

Meet Joel ‘Smitty’ Smitter, owner and proprietor of Smitty’s Specialty Beverage in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids. You’ll see him in this TARDIS-like building (bigger on the inside) many days out of the week, along with his two sons, Joel and Jared.
This is a family-owned, family-operated business, and a staple of this neighborhood since opening in 1982, and, believe me, the wide variety of clientele that frequent this shop are appreciative for it.
“We really pride ourselves on customer service and being a full service store. We’ve got great staff with a ton of product knowledge — they are much better than I am — and a great selection,” says Smitty. “We are told that — according to the state liquor licensing — [we are] the largest independent liquor license in the state of Michigan.”
The liquor selection — many of which are Michigan made — is huge, and the craft beer section extensive. With a recent revamp and expansion of the building about three years ago, Smitty’s grew even more to carry more product selection for its loyal customers.
“We’ve done a lot of things over the years, and we’ve learned a lot from our customers. I’m so grateful I was smart enough to listen to them,” Smitty says.
Listening to customers, carrying product that’s in demand and employing not only family but folks who are members of the local community, help to make this shop feel like home for so many of their clientele.
Long-term employees provide a familiar face and recognize those customers who walk through the doors a few times a week. The employees are always helpful and ready with suggestions for the best holiday gift for your whiskey lover, will help you put together that perfect six pack or let you know what sought-after brew will be out soon.
Smitty’s works frequently with the Eastown Community Association (ECA), embracing the mantra of ‘local first.’ The bottle shop participates in its annual Halloween Walk (featuring full-size candy bars, folks) and recently, it auctioned off the sought after Pappy Van Winkle Whiskey to a few local folks who donated to the ECA, raising just under $400 for the community organization.
On the shop’s 25th anniversary, Smitty’s threw a party and raised several thousand dollars for the group, and Smitty says they will do it again for their 35th — a $5 or so donation will get you in. Expect local music, food, fun raffles and prizes, and all the proceeds going back to the neighborhood.
Walk through the double doors past the flyers advertising local shows, copies of Revue and other Grand Rapids-based magazines, look up and say hi to those folks, who are often members of Smitty’s family, at the counter, and make your way into the crowded warmth of the place, liquor bottles stacked high and wine on shelves. Brave the beer cooler and keep your coat on, because you’ll be in there awhile.
Family owned and operated with a ‘local first’ mentality, putting customers first, the Smitty’s crew exists to serve you.

MARQUETTE — To say White’s Party Store stands on the grounds of legendary Upper Peninsula history is not an exaggeration at all.
“I found this building on a map from the 1800s,” says co-owner Jamie Strand.
Starting as a neighborhood grocery store, before White’s was called White’s it was also a beauty shop, candy store and possibly the first U.P. shop to be issued a liquor license following the end of prohibition.
Through all of this change, White’s and its predecessors have always been a local, family-owned shop — a place nestled right in the Marquette community; and Mac and Jamie Strand strive to keep that tradition alive.
“[There’s] always an opportunity to get to know the community, and especially the history — the history is so important,” says Jamie.
The original White family, to which whom the store is named after, stops in a couple times a year to visit their old business and wax nostalgic about years past. Community members who have lived and breathed Marquette all of their lives “tell stories about how they stopped in here [when it used to be a candy shop] and bought their favorite candies every week.”
History and community have always worked here as a team. All of the local breweries and restaurants — such as Ore Dock Brewing Company and Blackrocks Brewery — work together to keep the craft industry growing. In fact, Jamie admits that former White’s employees are now at Ore Dock Brewing Company and Blackrocks, saying, “everyone has a history together.”
Neighborhood regulars and visitors to the town filter into the shop all of the time, and all are invited to buy and to learn. Here, personalized customer service is top priority, and any employee at White’s is there to offer knowledge.
Apart from selling an excellent selection of craft products, they also have home brewing and wine-making supplies. Home brewing is a fast-growing industry, especially in the Marquette area. In the past year, a Marquette Homebrewing Club has been established with very enthusiastic participation. “I love that people make their own…,” Jamie says, “that they take the time to make a good drink.”
White’s Party Store represents close-knit neighborhoods, a welcoming community and a growing craft industry. It not only offers rare bottles, but it also offers customers a chance to interact with Marquette history. And yes, you can buy the latest cans from Blackrocks Brewery, or maybe pick up some candies or a flask from their specialized gift selections; but just remember the conversation, knowledge, history and service are the real prize.

MARQUETTE — To say White’s Party Store stands on the grounds of legendary Upper Peninsula history is not an exaggeration at all.

“I found this building on a map from the 1800s,” says co-owner Jamie Strand.

Starting as a neighborhood grocery store, before White’s was called White’s it was also a beauty shop, candy store and possibly the first U.P. shop to be issued a liquor license following the end of prohibition.

Through all of this change, White’s and its predecessors have always been a local, family-owned shop — a place nestled right in the Marquette community; and Mac and Jamie Strand strive to keep that tradition alive.

“[There’s] always an opportunity to get to know the community, and especially the history — the history is so important,” says Jamie.

The original White family, to which whom the store is named after, stops in a couple times a year to visit their old business and wax nostalgic about years past. Community members who have lived and breathed Marquette all of their lives “tell stories about how they stopped in here [when it used to be a candy shop] and bought their favorite candies every week.”

History and community have always worked here as a team. All of the local breweries and restaurants — such as Ore Dock Brewing Company and Blackrocks Brewery — work together to keep the craft industry growing. In fact, Jamie admits that former White’s employees are now at Ore Dock Brewing Company and Blackrocks, saying, “everyone has a history together.”

Neighborhood regulars and visitors to the town filter into the shop all of the time, and all are invited to buy and to learn. Here, personalized customer service is top priority, and any employee at White’s is there to offer knowledge.

Apart from selling an excellent selection of craft products, they also have home brewing and wine-making supplies. Home brewing is a fast-growing industry, especially in the Marquette area. In the past year, a Marquette Homebrewing Club has been established with very enthusiastic participation. “I love that people make their own…,” Jamie says, “that they take the time to make a good drink.”

White’s Party Store represents close-knit neighborhoods, a welcoming community and a growing craft industry. It not only offers rare bottles, but it also offers customers a chance to interact with Marquette history. And yes, you can buy the latest cans from Blackrocks Brewery, or maybe pick up some candies or a flask from their specialized gift selections; but just remember the conversation, knowledge, history and service are the real prize.

Nestled among Lake Michigan shoreline and the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes lies an oasis for your “up north” adventure: Anderson’s Market in Glen Arbor. Known as a friendly neighborhood corner store to many who live in the area, Anderson’s has evolved to highlight the best local products in the area.
Recently remodeled, Anderson’s offers a full-service deli, butcher shop and produce section in addition to having a vast wine and beer selection. The new floor plan is open and inviting, and the staff are welcoming and accommodating.
It’s hard to imagine now as the holidays are approaching, but Anderson’s is the perfect stop to make before a summer adventure to the dunes or lakeshore.
“Frequently we are the first stop after check in. Our goal is to leave a positive impact on the overall vacation experience so we carry just about everything to make that happen. Whether it’s a picnic at the beach for the day or meal planning for a gathering of 20, we have you covered,” said Anderson’s owner, Brad Anderson.
The wine and beer selection highlights the best of what the region has to offer, by showcasing a large array of options that compliment other local food products available at the store. The majority of the beer at Anderson’s is crafted in Michigan. Customers can purchase packs of their favorites, or they can their own six pack, allowing them to experiment with a variety of options.
“The perception from visitors has changed over the years,” said Anderson. “People realize this is not just a hobby but that Michigan is serious about crafting outstanding beer and wine and that it is on the top of the list for our visitors.”
This creates an experience for visitors from near and far. New visitors are introduced to the large array of products — both food and beverages — the area produces. Locals and frequent visitors can find comfort in something that was made in the region.
So, what should you grab from Anderson’s on your next trip “up north?” Anderson recommends the buffalo chicken salad along with the Grape Tapenade and Machego cheese on toasts. He also appropriately recommends Short’s Prolonged Enjoyment: light and refreshing, and perfect for a vacation.
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Photo courtesy of Anderson’s Market


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