Restaurants / Bars

hop cat crack fries

Hop Cat - East Lansing will celebrate its first year in business on Saturday, Aug. 23 with a Michigan Tap Takeover featuring 100 different Michigan craft beers and a free order of its legendary Crack Fries for each guest with purchase.

mi house cafe brew pub 

In 2000, Tim and Sue Bies eyed a brick-and-sandstone building at Oak and Sixth Streets in Calumet with dreams of opening the Michigan House Café and Brew Pub – a combination of the building’s roots as a restaurant and brewery in the western Upper Peninsula.

 

The Beer Grotto, a new-concept beer and wine bar and retail shop, that opened last Wednesday to a full house packed into 8059 Main St. in Dexter. The 3,000 sq. ft. space, formerly occupied by the Dexter Pharmacy, encompasses a merchandise area featuring wine and beer bottles, apparel, glassware, books, and more as well as a lounge space with a multitap bar, light snacks, and seating for a few dozen customers.
 Monellis article
 
Monelli’s Italian Grill & Sports Bar is ready to officially start the summer with their annual Summer Bash July 11th and 12th. With live music, great food and over 60 Michigan craft beers this is a summer event not to miss.

 

Beer Grotto's Official Grand Opening party with be on July 2nd sometime between the hours of noon and 11pm! Stay tuned on InstagramTwitter and Facebook for more Grand Opening special offers and promotions. They will be waiting with open arms and lots of drinks!

Smash Wine Bar is just one of many new additions to Muskegon’s downtown this summer. The past year has seen the opening of not one but two new breweries, a proposed distillery, and a newly revamped farmer’s market. While the focus of Smash in on their incredible selection of wines from around the world, the food menu features salads, sandwiches and pizzas with an emphasis on locally-sourced an ingredients, and the full bar includes 4 taps of all Michigan beers as well as speciality cocktails and martinis.

After an excruciating battle with traffic, I was rewarded for my patience by attending the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange for a special event featuring Kelly St. Louis from The Cheese Lady and Mitch Steele, the head brewer from Stone Brewing Company. During this particular evening at the Exchange, attendees and I enjoyed 7 courses of finely paired beers and cheeses.

 

Handsome Henry’s recently held a release party launching the new Essence Summer Ale collaboration beer between Traverse City’s farm-based Brewery Terra Firma and Hoby Thrasher’s Muskegon-based restaurant collection. The 5.4% ABV Amber Ale was special designed with brewmaster John Niedermaier to be an refreshing, easy-drinking beer brewed with coriander and orange peel. The versatility of the beverage lends itself to beer-food pairings, cocktail blends, and even as an ingredient for special menu items. Head Chef and manager Cody Christensen of Handsome Henry’s took advantage of this to prepare a diverse menu of speciality items to showcasing the new beer for the event.

hop cat broad ripple article

HopCat – Broad Ripple to make announcement in support of Indiana craft beer at ceremonial hops planting event Sun King Founder and Brewers of Indiana Guild (B.I.G.) President Clay Robinson to join HopCat founder Mark Sellers at hops-planting event INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sun King Brewing Co. and HopCat – Broad Ripple will celebrate the season with a special hops-planting event and make a major announcement on at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 12 outside the future home of Indiana’s largest beer bar.

Green Well Pub

The other day I had the pleasure of meeting Doug Berg and Bobby Randall at the Green Well, located at 924 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
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