Ben Darcie

Ben Darcie

Ben Darcie has been homebrewing since 2006 and is currently the Brewery Representative for Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI. He also provides public and private Beer Education and is a Beer Writer for BeerAdvocate, I'm a Beer Hound and three other Michigan publications. He is also the founder of Experience Beer WM and the 9wk Grand Rapids Beer Tasting Class (est. 2010).

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As with most standard American styles, Brown Ale was born in Europe. The earliest English Ales were brown in color, using “brown” malt – base malt that had been kilned over a hardwood fire. These early beers were prized for their smokiness and dark color, and the first reference to brown ales was in 1750, by way of Partigyle Brewing.

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There's something different about sitting down with a stout. Maybe it's the pitch black that lingers to the drops in your empty glass, the wide range of browns that may appear in the head, or the general consistency of the style, even when brewed in it's varying forms.
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In 1990, downtown Holland was quite different than the sprawling success it is today. Many buildings lacked tenants and were in need of renovation, and some business owners took it upon themselves to help reinvigorate the area.

Saison was born in the 1700s in the Belgian countryside and finds its roots as quite a few other regional styles of beer do: necessity. The water available in the region wasn't suitable for consumption, and by the miracle of fermentation, the water was made drinkable. The beer also doubled as compensation for farm workers, to the tune of 5 litres per day.

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India Pale Ales have taken the craft beer scene by storm over the recent years, with brewers pushing the boundaries of the style and creating unique takes and twists on this classic style. It's become a staple in every brewery and pub in the nation, which only encourages creativity amongst brewers who are trying to help theirs stand out. IPA is a very large topic, so we'll take it a piece at a time, starting with its beginnings.

 

It's that time of year again, where one of the four Michigan Brewer's Guild festivals pulls beer lovers from all over the region for a massive Summer celebration of Michigan beer -this time to Riverside Park in Ypsilanti for the Summer Beer Festival!

Hello friends, the Lansing Beer Festival is soon upon us and I'm more than happy to be returning with another top 20 list! There's going to be a lot of great beer pouring this weekend, including some beer from some new breweries, which always makes me thirsty.

 How to Prepare yourself for The Winter Beer Festival

Hello again friends, another year has passed and we find ourselves on the doorstep of the 9th annual Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beerfest! The last few years have seen ticket sales skyrocketing, with the last four years consecutively beating the record of the year before.
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