Emily Hengstebeck

Emily hails from southeast Michigan, but followed her passion for craft beer up north to join the team at Beards Brewery in Petoskey. Operating as the Director of Sales & Events and general harbinger of beer, she gladly gives back her time and enthusiasm to an industry that she loves. This combined with her work done with MittenBrew and Fermenta keeps her extremely happy and extremely busy, and reminds her that beer dreams do come true.

gabf

Back in 1982, the craft beer revolution was becoming something exciting, marked by something new—a premier, national festival and competition. 24 breweries, 50 beers, and 800 attendees seemed like small potatoes, but it was grand on a different type of scale. It was the first Great American Beer Festival, after all. Now it’s 2018. Over […]

fetch brewing

“There’s got to be more to life than this,” said Jen Hain, owner of Fetch Brewing Company alongside her husband, Dan. They didn’t plan on opening a brewery. They had both come from different careers, but they realized after meeting, marrying, and starting a family that they did not want those jobs forever. So, the […]

short's fest

“Today is obviously a beautiful day,” said Eric Tranchell, Beer Liberator for Short’s Brewing Company. August 5th was, in fact, a perfect day for the brewery’s annual Short’s Fest: blue skies, 70 degrees, and plenty of beer on tap. Held against the backdrop of the Elk Rapids production facility, it was a casual summer gathering […]

cheboygan brewing

“Today is a slammed day,” says Brian Lindsay, brewer at Cheboygan Brewing Company (CBC). It’s packaging day at CBC, meaning hundreds of cases of empty cans have just been dropped off, filling the brewery from floor to ceiling. It’s a veritable maze of Blueberry Wheat, Lighthouse Amber, and of course, Blood Orange Honey. These beers […]

Beards Brewery, a brewery out of Petoskey in Northern Michigan, is making its way into the Grand Rapids market. What makes Beards special to the market is every can the brewery puts out is all due to machinery developed by Todd Vriesenga, the owner of Microcanner, a canning line company just north of Grand Rapids […]