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SOWco De Mayo is a brand new event this Spring at Vander Mill Cidery in Spring Lake. The outdoor patio is open, and what better way to celebrate than having a whole pig burial roasting right outside the mill? With tickets only $10 in advance (or $15 at the door,) attendees were able to enjoy live music, and a variety of food along with Vander Mill’s signature hard ciders, beer, and wine and even a few specialties.

With hundreds of new works from Michigan artists on display, the Muskegon Museum of Art brought local restaurants and breweries together for their new event “ON TAP. Michigan Brews. Michigan Art.” Food and drink pairings were encouraged with offerings from all around West Michigan including Saugatuck, Grand Rapids, and Holland. Admission included five four-ounce samples of beer (or cider) with unlimited food samplings. A scorecard was provided to track various craft beer experiences, and commemorative merchandise for the event including t-shirts and glassware were for sale.

Picture yourself standing on the state’s only NASCAR Sprint Cup racetrack, the lingering feel of race day adrenaline still in the air. Instead of seeing race cars and engines roaring you hear people talking and laughing the clink of glasses hitting each other and people making toasts. This is the sounds of the fifth annual Michigan Wine and Beer Fest brought to you by Experience Jackson and MIS.

With the beauty of Woldumar Nature Center all around you will be able to sample some of the best beer and wine Michigan has to offer. Sleepwalker Spirits and Ale, Eaglemonk Pub & Brewery, BAD Brewing, Perrin Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale will be available for not only sampling but learning more about the beer and it's complex flavors. For wine lovers Burgdorf's Winery, Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Chateau Aeronautique Winery will be sampling and discussing wine.

Beer Hound Brown has arrived. Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply recently tapped the beer at their pub in Ada and also featured it among their offerings at the recent Beer City Spring Fest in Hudsonville. Initial feedback on the beer has been positive with many high ratings and comments on Untappd impressed by the coffee forward flavor. The reception at the pub on the release day also included many satisfied customers where the new recipe proved to be popular.


A cool and blustery day descended upon dozens of homebrewing teams as they huddled around steaming mash tuns while concocting the ‘Beer City Brown’ at Calder Plaza Saturday, May 3rd. The event is called Big Brew Day and was started by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) after May 7th was announced before congress as being National Homebrew day in 1988.The AHA then took it upon themselves to start an annual Big Brew Day on every first Saturday of May. For the sec ond year in a row, Grand Rapids participated in this event.Just as they did the previous year, Siciliano’s stepped up to sponsor the Grand Rapids Big Brew Day. Siciliano’s donated the ingredients and provided the recipe needed to create 48 all grain batches, as well as offered bottled water for brewing, a wort chilling station that cooled up to six kettles at a time, and platform carts so brewers could move their equipment across the plaza safely and quickly. 


A mere few years ago when Hudsonville was still a dry community, who would have ever imagined that the City could be home in the near future to a successful beer festival drawing breweries from all over West Michigan and beyond? However, those few short years included the whirlwind of activity in Grand Rapids and surrounding areas culminating in the region’s two year climb to ascension leading to the now undisputed national recognition as Beer City USA. Hudsonville was not left out of this frenzy, with two of it’s own breweries being established during these years: White Flame Brewing Co. and Pike 51 Brewing Co. in conjunction with the Hudsonville winery.

On Saturday, May 3rd, hundreds of craft beer drinkers attended Ashley’s of Westland’s 7th annual Michigan Cask Ale Festival, enjoying craft beer from Michigan and around the USA in a more traditional form.

Ashley's is excited that this year will be the largest lineup of cask-conditioned and served craft beer – and the largest available at one time anywhere in the state!
Over 30 cask ales from well known breweries all over the state of Michigan, the US and as far away as England will be pouring from Noon to 5 this Saturday. Guests will enjoy live music, talking and learning with brewers and brewery representatives all while eating a fabulous selection of snacks and entrees. National Homebrew Day is also celebrated on May 3rd as well so look for exhibits highlighting this important day.
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