Jane Nordberg

Jane Nordberg

Jane Nordberg comes from a long line of beer lovers, culminating in the title of her master’s thesis being “Get Me a Couple of Stroh’s: Dialect Sustainability Among Brits in Detroit.” Until recently, she resided in the Upper Peninsula where, as a reporter and managing editor, she wrote about Michigan beer whenever possible. She has written about the Western U.P.’s microbrew scene, among other topics, for Lake Superior Magazine. She is currently a freelance writer living in the Lansing area with her husband, Erik, who enjoys riding shotgun on trips to brew pubs.

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mi house cafe brew pub 

In 2000, Tim and Sue Bies eyed a brick-and-sandstone building at Oak and Sixth Streets in Calumet with dreams of opening the Michigan House Café and Brew Pub – a combination of the building’s roots as a restaurant and brewery in the western Upper Peninsula.

 jane beerfest article

With temps in the upper 80s and humidity to match, Lansing’s REO Town attracted a record number of thirsty people to its Second Annual Lansing Beer Fest. While the official event ran 1 to 6 p.m., a line of 45 VIP ticketholders were grateful for the noon jumpstart on more than 30 vendors in attendance. Throughout the day, the audience would swell to 1,000, making me grateful my husband and I had worn matching garish Hawaiian shirts to be able to locate each other as we tried different sides of the five-block area. The shirts also turned strangers into friends.


After five years of providing downtown Charlotte with an abundant selection of craft brews from across Michigan, the Eaton Pub & Grille expanded March 5 into brewing its own.