Brewery Reviews (92)
The newly open Rockford Brewing Company has a lot going for with a great location, solid beers, and the already established Poindexter’s Speciality Marketplace located next door providing a selection of sandwiches and sides. I first visited the location back in April while the building was still undergoing renovations in preparation for the upcoming brewery. I was immediately impressed by the great location in downtown Rockford adjacent to the White Pine Trail and overlooking the scenic Rogue River Dam.
Saturday, November 17, 2012 Written by Jeff Priskorn
Located on a busy intersection right in the heart of downtown Clawson, Black Lotus Brewing Company has become a mainstay in the city. Featuring outdoor patio seating and a taproom that feels at times like a coffeehouse, it has a somewhat rustic feel as well, with a cobblestoned horseshoe bar and lots of exposed wood and beams on the interior. One might say that Black Lotus offers craft beer enthusiasts a little bit of everything.
Thursday, November 08, 2012 Written by Dan VanderKooi
Opening one of Michigan’s smallest breweries literally doors down from New Holland Brewing Co (one of Michigan’s largest breweries,) has proven to be a mixed blessing for Holland’s new Our Brewing Company. Intending to be open daily from noon until 1 AM serving patrons, the new brewery has instead been working around the clock (with doors closed,) to brew enough beer to meet the demand of Southwest Michigan’s very thirsty beer drinkers.
Thursday, November 01, 2012 Written by Dan VanderKooi
Opening a baseball-themed brewery during the World Series guaranteed capacity crowds for their debut weekend, and indeed there was literally a line out the door for their first night. Recently recruited brewmaster Robert “Wob” Wanhatalo (formerly of Hideout,) could be seen meeting and greeting the many new patrons at the door. The location is an extensively renovated old fire barn on Leonard NW, near downtown Grand Rapids.
Friday, October 19, 2012 Written by Jeff Priskorn
Fenton Winery & Brewery has the feel of an upscale coffeehouse without the pretentiousness you’ve come to expect from your local beanery. From the comfy environment to the staff and all the way up to the owners, Matt & Ginny Sherrow, this place is just plain friendly (with nary a beret or pencil-thin goatee in sight). Intimate, yet not overbearing, FWB has many good things going for it, not the least of which is the beer and wine.
Friday, October 05, 2012 Written by Dan VanderKooi
Cascade Winery, open since 2003, continuously continues to evolve and expand their offerings to include more and more varieties of fermented beverage. One significant step in their evolution has been the introduction of their Jaden James Brewery component offering several beer varieties on tap in the tasting room complemented by a few hard ciders. Current tap selections range from a cream ale to a porter, with a seasonal Oktoberfest and the Beer City Pale Ale being a couple of the current highlights.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Written by Jeff Priskorn
Tucked away in an industrial parking lot on the shores of the St. Clair River, Vinomondo Wine Bar and Brew Pub is a hidden gem in Port Huron. The surprisingly opulent tap room certainly reflects Vinomondo’s first priority – there’s a reason the place is called “Vinomondo” and not “Beer-o-mondo”. The beer is in the background here, but it’s certainly not forgotten. Open now for about one year, the Wine Bar and Brew Pub is actually the secondary location of the little Vinomondo empire – the first, also in Port Huron, contains the winery and a gift shop, which sells wine- and beer-making kits.
Monday, September 10, 2012 Written by Jon Jefferson
Kalamazoo has many historical buildings, something not uncommon for many of the down town portions of cities across the United States. Back in 1874 on the corner of Portage Street and Michigan Avenue the Peninsula building was built. The next historic moment came in 1980 when a F3 tornado tore through Kalamazoo County. This tornado did not destroy the building but it was damaged severely, requiring massive repairs. This was true for much of the area.
Thursday, September 06, 2012 Written by Dan VanderKooi
I’ve been making up for lost time with Bell’s Eccentric Café this year. There was a time back in the day where Bell’s was pretty much an annual pilgrimage for my friends and I. In recent years, the influx of breweries in Southwest Michigan has made it easy to take fresh and locally made beer for granted - but it’s always still worth the extra trip to visit the brewpub that has single handedly put Michigan beer on the brew map. Plus if you haven’t been there in awhile, you might be surprised at all of the renovation that has been going on…
Tuesday, September 04, 2012 Written by Jeff Priskorn
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company in Warren is housed in a nondescript building that belies the liquid treasures hidden inside. There are reasons for the unpretentious, plain façade, of course. Number 1 is that Kuhnhenn is housed in the old Ma & Pa hardware store that used to be owned and run by the Kuhnhenn family, and Ye Olde True Value has never been known for its architectural splendor. Number 2? Well, they really don’t care about glitz and glamour, preferring instead to let their beer (and wine, and mead) do the talking for them. Their beers have won numerous medals and awards around the globe, led by their stalwarts 4th Dementia (ale aged in bourbon barrels) and DRIPA (a double rice IPA).