Kristie Ryder

Kristie Ryder

Most people just call me Ryder.  I used to be the girl who drank cheap beer.  You know, whatever you could get a 24 pack of for under $12.  All that changed while bartending my way through my second Bachelors degree.  Now my boyfriend calls me "beer snob" because I only drink the good stuff (and PBR, I still love PBR!!) I picked up the hobby of homebrewing in early 2012 and have made it to the "experimenting" stage.  Not bad, not bad at all....although there was that one batch...oh never mind!  I just love beer!

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 Zombies Descend Upon Right Brain Brewery

Not rain, not wind, not even 45 degree temperatures were enough to discourage the zombie takeover of Right Brain Brewery.  Zombie brides, zombie nurses, zombie ninjas, zombie butchers, zombie dogs on leashes and zombie babies in strollers all waited for 9am on a brisk October Saturday morning.
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Brewery Ferment: One Year In Old Town

Brewery Ferment: One Year In Old Town

Brewery Ferment recently celebrated one year of serving up Michigan craft brewed beer in Old Town Traverse City.  On historic Union Street, just a few blocks south of Traverse City’s bustling downtown area, Brewery Ferment is located where businesses begin to give way to residential areas, providing more of a quiet “community” feel from its taproom.

 Grand Opening of The Workshop Traverse City's Newest Microbrewery

The Workshop Brewery held its Grand Opening celebration to introduce itself as the newest microbrewery in Traverse City. Located in the Warehouse district, The Workshop has created a vibe of its own by remodeling the space formerly occupied by Right Brain Brewery and Salon Saloon. Gone is the wall that once separated the two previous businesses,  allowing for more useable space and providing a brighter more open feel. Couple that with the vivid color of red on the exterior and interior walls, and you have an energy that is comfortable and relaxing.  Seasonal access to the patio has been made easier with a roll up style garage door, and numerous outside tables have been added that provide a street side view of the hustle and bustle, some fresh air and sunshine.

 Stormcloud Brewing, The First to Open In Frankfort

Frankfort acquired it’s first microbrewery this summer with the opening of Stormcloud Brewing Company.  Located on the main drag in downtown Frankfort, Stormcloud is an easy find for those on the lookout, or for those just passing by.  With a large inviting patio, and a vast open inside space, it’s not hard to find a chair to relax and enjoy a few cold microbrews. Bellying up to the bar put’s you in front of the days beer menu that is neatly scrawled on the blackboard wall behind the taps.

 Recap of 5th Annual Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival

August in Northern Michigan signals the coveted arrival of the annual summer Microbrew & Music Festival.  Held each year on the grounds of the old Traverse City State Hospital, the festival has experienced continued growth, year after year adding more breweries as well as musical acts from across the country and Michigan.  From its beginning in 2009, the festival has expanded to a two day event which can accommodate entrance to over 5,000 attendees.  Single day tickets are available as general admission or VIP, as is a weekend pass for those wanting the full two day experience.

Inaugural Paddle for Pints in Traverse City Is a Splash!

The inaugural Paddle for Pints kayak pub crawl held this past weekend in Traverse City was an event for craft beer and kayak enthusiasts alike.  90 participants on Saturday alone, it proved that getting wet and drinking locally brewed beer are great activities to enjoy on a hot Northern Michigan day. Registration was only $20 for those providing their own kayaks, but single and tandem kayak rentals were available for an extra fee with drop off and pick up provided.

The Wait Was Worth It: Brewery Terra Firma Opens Its Doors

The highly anticipated Brewery Terra Firma has opened for business.  The newest in the line up of breweries hitting the Traverse City scene.  But what makes this brewery unique is owner and brewmaster John Niedermaiers concept of self sustainability.  

Mixology 101: A Night of Beer Cocktails at Outré Lounge

The first ever event of its kind in Traverse City, Mixology 101 was not your ordinary tap takeover. Held at the Outre Lounge inside the InsideOut Gallery, the fusion of beer and liquor was as unique as the surroundings.

Annual BBQ & Brewfest takes place in small town Northern Michigan

With summer upon us, the quiet little town of Glen Arbor comes alive with the familiar increase of summer travelers.  This makes for the ideal time to hold its annual BBQ & Brew fest underneath the big tent on one of the only empty lots in town.

Right Brain Brewery holds its inaugural Yoga and a Pint night

Right Brain Brewery has found a way to temp patrons into staying inside this summer by hosting its inaugural Yoga and a Pint night. Held inside their new brewpub located in the SoFo District of downtown Traverse City, a reasonable fee of $10 purchased participants an hour of relaxing yoga followed by a pint of RBB’s craft brewed beer.
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