Since I’ve lived in the Lansing area, I have found that many of the area’s hidden gems are found in strip malls, which, although may appear not-so-pretty on the outside, can house truly beautiful things.
Vine & Brew in Okemos is one of these places, with its beautifully green walls lined with beer and wine from all over the world — but most importantly, Michigan.
Owners Curt and Leslie Kosal opened the store three years ago, and have been focused on growing their product since day one.
“We saw an opportunity to have a store that featured good beer, wine and food that you might not find in other places,” Curt said, who previously worked as a wine manager at a local grocery store.
“We are constantly sampling new products, seeking out small producers, and listening to our customers about what they are interested in.”
The store is sectioned well by wine, food and of course, craft beer, meads and ciders, all at an affordable price.
“One of the things we’ve done from the beginning is to offer all the beer in the store by the single bottle. We encourage people to try the wide variety of craft beers available, without breaking the bank,” Curt said.
Vine & Brew has hundreds of different bottles to choose from, so there is a great opportunity to try many different beers.
For the holidays, Vine & Brew is featuring custom-made baskets, such as a hop-lover basket and a “bucket o’ Christmas beer.” Not only are their ready-made baskets for pick-up, but you can also pick out your own items for them to create the baskets for you.