Patti Smith

Patti Smith is a special education teacher and writer who lives in Ann Arbor. She is very involved with her community, participating in the storytellers’ guild, the public art commission, A2 Geeks, the Rec & Ed Commission, and the local film festival. Patti enjoys boxing, English country dancing, and hosting dinner parties. She hopes to one day sell her young adult novel for at least a three figure advance. Until then, you can find her enjoying her husband and step-cats in the best city on earth! Her newest book, A History of Ann Arbor’s People’s Food Co-op will be released on April 17. It will be available at the co-op or online.

baffin brewing

On one trip to Maine, brewer Evan Feringa found something that he had not seen in his home state of Michigan—a mug club that you had to drink into. “We had to drink out of regular pint glasses, and so the locals would make fun of us saying ‘look at the tourists’!” Feringa said. You […]

washtenaw county

Washtenaw County is blessed with many things—beautiful downtowns, spacious parks, green space, and a wide variety of brewpubs for our drinking pleasure. This article will examine the six non-Ann Arbor pubs—Chelsea Alehouse, Original Gravity, Ypsi Alehouse, Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (the Corner), Salt Springs, and Stony Lake Brewing Company (I’m including Jolly Pumpkin in part […]

detroit fall fest

Beer festivals happen several times a year. From fest to fest, some things are different—the weather, the breweries, the food. But many things are exactly same from year to year—the 15 tokens in the plastic glass, the good beer, and at least one discovery of a fantastic new-to-me brewpub. This year, I discovered not one, […]


Everything about ROAK Brewing Company screams rock and roll—from the décor, to the music, to the names of the beer. For an old rock chick like me, this was a sure fire hit mix. Owner John Leone says that the rock theme was accidental. “We were starting to make up names for beers, and it’s […]


You can’t judge a beer by its label. Or can you? When you are drinking Bitter Old Fecker, you will not only get a beautifully drawn label featuring a farm animal, but a delicious, authentic, artisan beer. Nestled in a shopping center in western Chelsea, Nathan Hukill brews handmade beers taking no shortcuts and doing […]