Senior Writer & Marketing Team

Jason Ley

Ley, pronounced (/lā/), thrives on challenging the cliché American Dream to pursue his own. He’s a Certified Cicerone®, Executive Bourbon Steward, and creator of Emmy-nominated Modern Ahabs—a show about craft enthusiasts chasing their bucket list beers. 9 to 5, Ley is the CEO of Better Drinking Culture—a social impact grassroots movement shifting our culture’s relationship with alcohol in a healthier and more positive direction #BecauseHangoversSuck, and the author of their first book, The Drinker’s Manifesto. jasonley.com | @jasonley

broad leaf beer

Opinion Can Brewery Vivant’s “Weird Cousin” Grow on Their Own?   Brewery Vivant has earned their reputation and respect from the industry and consumers for good reason. Their commitment to community, sustainability, and inclusive company culture are impressive and admirable. In 2010, they introduced West Michigan to Belgian and French-inspired farmhouse ales and have kept […]

steve siciliano

For Steve Siciliano, proprietor of Siciliano’s Market (perhaps West Michigan’s most well-respected bottle shop and homebrewing supply store), admitting failure acknowledges how seriously close he was to giving up—and how thankful he is that he didn’t. Siciliano, who many would consider partly responsible for laying the foundation of what would become known as Beer City […]

craft brewers conference

“Networking” is a cliché excuse to get a paid “vacation” and drink a bunch of beer with your industry buddies, but it’s clear that there’s sincere value in being able to look a peer in the eye over a cold one. We may be in the business of beer, but it’s the beer that makes […]

winter beer fest

The Michigan Brewers Guild’s Winter Beer Fest was (understandably) pushed back one week due to local flooding of the Grand River. With knee-jerk reactions on social media, and many shots taken at the MBG, lucky number 13 for the annual Fest proved that all events are realistically not immune to the guarantee of happening “rain […]

cellar

We’ll admit, on occasion, it’s really good to be us. Founders Brewing Co. did something they rarely do, and we had the honor to be a part of it. They broke character, and extended an exclusive invitation to a very short list of trusted writers and photographers in craft media across the U.S. to peek […]