Mead isn’t mainstream. It’s where beer was in the early 1980s, when breweries like Sierra Nevada and Bell’s Brewery were just getting started. Michigan, however, has one of the hottest scenes, and B. Nektar has established itself as one of the major mead players in the nation. So, MittenBrew traveled to its facility in Ferndale for a chat.

Jon O’Connor and Kyle VanStrien took a long, and detoured, road to opening Grand Rapids’ first distillery. The pair have a passion for local and spirits and it shines through now that Long Road Distillers is open. Join Pat Evans on a conversation with the two passionate Westsiders from Grand Rapids.

Pat Evans joins Jason Kasdorf of 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City, to discuss the area’s ever-growing beer scene.

To breach the topic of how to make an all-grain batch of beer, as well as what is important about the process, might take a millennium’s worth of discussion.

In order to avoid tangents and/or conflicting personal preference, this mini-podcast opens the discussion of why professional breweries make all-grain batches of beer. Their goal is to have complete control over the process, nothing else. Making all-grain beer vs. extract does not guarantee you will make better beer, however, it will offer you limitless customization of the beer you intend to make.

Listen in and join the discussion!

To learn more about the topics discussed, follow the links below or step into your local homebrew store to explore your options.

For an overview of all-grain brewing, click here. Within the pages of the free first edition of the book, you will find an amazing overview of the process and the important factors contributing to it.

For a primer on the Brew-In-A-Bag method, click here.

James Crank of Cranker’s Brewery sits down with Pat Evans to discuss beer, brewing and hockey. To learn more about Cranker’s Brewery, please visit our profile on the brewery, “Cranker’s thrives under the perfect ‘closer.'”

James Crank of Cranker’s Brewery sits down with Pat Evans to discuss beer, brewing and hockey. To learn more about Cranker’s Brewery, please visit our profile on the brewery, “Cranker’s thrives under the perfect ‘closer.'”

MittenBrew sits down with Alexis Irvin and Chip Hiden of “Blood, Sweat, and Beer,” a new documentary that follows a trio of 23-year-olds as they struggle to start The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company in Braddock, Pa.

The film also tells the emotional story of Danny Robinson, a boardwalk brewery owner and restaurateur whose empire is threatened by an aggressive trademark lawsuit that could leave him bankrupt.

Dan Young of Tandem Ciders sits down with Pat Evans to discuss the growing Michigan cider scene, and to talk about the inaugural Michigan Cider Week.


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