Restaurants / Bars

 Ashley’s to Host Country’s Largest Belgian-Only Beer Festival Eleven Days of Belgian Beer Tastings, Events, and Guests Take Place Feb. 6-16

Sixth-generation brewers and owners of Belgium's Brasserie de Silly will kick off the largest pure Belgian beer festival in the U.S., hosted at Ashley's Beer and Grill in Westland Thursday, February 6. The 11-day event features more than 200 beers in bottles and on tap, all brewed by around 80 different Belgian family and boutique breweries. Unlike other such festivals, Ashley’s offers only the “real McCoy,” excluding “Belgian-style” ales brewed in America.

HopCat – Detroit to Open on Woodward Avenue in 2014

HopCat - Detroit to Open on Woodward Avenue in 2014, Bringing 100 New Jobs, State's Largest Draft Selection & Dynamic Music Venue to Midtown

Southwest Michigan’s premier farm-to-fork eatery Salt of the Earth announces its 2014 Michigan ‘Surprise’ Dinner Series.

 The Buck hosts Barrel-Aged Beer Fest on Jan 29th & Jan 30th

The weather forecast for the end of January is still calling for below freezing temperatures. Stay warm and join us at The Buck on January 29th and 30th from 4:00 PM to close for the First Annual Barrel Aged Beer Fest, where the temperature even on the heated, outside deck will be nice and toasty warm. Make sure to mark this event on your calendar, and remember that there is no entry fee.

 Ashley’s of Westland hosts 2013 Brewery Throwdown

For the third year in a row, Ashley’s of Westland is hosting a friendly competition featuring eight different breweries. The field this year contains a great mixture of both long-time favorites and some up and comers. Five of the eight are Michigan breweries, and the other three do a fine job of representing the rest of the country. The first round will feature four beers from each brewery, with the winner being determined by the total glasses sold. The second round features 6 beers per brewery, and the final round will feature eight. In the past, many of the breweries participating have brought a nice combination of their standards as well as highly sought after ones, sometimes even beers never served outside of their own brewpubs. One of the most exciting parts of the two previous throwdowns has been the opportunity it has provided for Ashley’s customers to interact with personnel from the breweries who are on hand.

 “null” Café & Taphouse to Showcase Northern United Brewing Company’s Beer, Wine, Cider & Spirits Brands

Construction is set to begin in January, 2014 on the null Café & Taphouse – honoring the various brands of Northern United Brewing Company (null stands for “Northern United Liquid Libations”). It will showcase the company’s award-winning beer, wine, cider and spirits and will be located at the new brewing facility at 2319 Bishop Circle East in Dexter.

 Schmohz Beer and MEAT Wings at the REO Town Pub

Our beer tasting event for December will be held just after 7PM on Monday, December 9th at the REO Town Pub in Lansing. This time, we will be pairing Wings from Lansing's own MEAT Southern BBQ & Carnivore Cuisine  and beers from our good friends at Schmohz Brewery in Grand Rapids.

Beer the Change Brewery Vivant takes over Twisted Rooster to fight hunger 

On Thursday, Nov. 21, Grand Rapids’ Twisted Rooster will make room on its draft list for half a dozen beers from Brewery Vivant. The event is expected to pique the interest of local beer geeks with this season’s restaurant debut of Vivant’s PlowHorse, a 9 percent-ABV imperial stout with enough muscle to banish the mid-November chill.

 The Buck: Southwest Michigan’s Holy Grail of Beer Bars

The Buck is the Southwest Michigan’s holy grail of beer bars! The Buck is located in the quaint downtown of St. Joseph, MI just across the street from Lake Michigan. The Buck features 74 tap handles featuring only the best in Local Michigan craft breweries with only 7 are not being local drafts. It also gets many specialty or limited beers not found at many other establishments due to how much volume they sell. The Buck sells the most Greenbush draft beer aside from the breweries own tasting room.
Monday, November 11, 2013

A Guide to Beer City, Vegan Style

Written by Dan VanderKooi

 A Guide to Beer City, Vegan Style

In addition to being widely recognized for the beer accolades, Grand Rapids also has a great reputation for being a vegan-friendly City. One may not immediately recognize the two things as going hand in hand, but in actuality there are some surprising connections. To start with, beer as a beverage can be a good fit in vegan diet, with only a few styles (i.e. Milk Stout) being inherently non-vegan. So where are some good places to enjoy a vegan meal along with your favorite Michigan Craft beers?
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