Josh Marenger

Josh Marenger

Bell's to Purchase U.P. Property in Escanaba

The Upper Peninsula may soon be welcoming a major player into its craft beer scene.  On April 25th Escanaba's city council is expected to approve an offer from Mr. Larry Bell, president of Bell's Brewery, to purchase two parcels of land for the amount of $35,000.  The property sits in Escanaba's Whitetail Industrial Park (Street View of parcel: ), an area that the city has been developing for several years.  Mr. Bell is also requesting the right of first offer to purchase additional land to the west.

Inaugural U.P. Craft Beer Week to be held in September

The Upper Peninsula's first-ever Craft Beer Week will be held September 3-8, culminating in the Michigan Brewers Guild's U.P. Fall Fest in Marquette's Lower Harbor.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Recap of 2011 UPtoberfest in Escanaba

It’s been a few weeks since the 6th Annual UPtoberfest beer and wine festival in downtown Escanaba, and I can finally take enough of a breath to write a wrap-up article about it. Running even a smaller festival like this takes much more work than you might think! All of that work paid off on October 8th though, since this was by far the most successful UPtoberfest yet.

/house-bill-passed-to-allow-Homebrew to be Served at Licensed Michigan Breweries For Homebrew Club Meetings Competitions

Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed Michigan House Bill 4061, an amendment to the Michigan Liquor Control Code. What does this mean? In short, it allows homebrew clubs to hold meetings or competitions at establishments that have liquor licenses, including: brewpubs, breweries, bars, and beer stores. This was previously not allowed, even though some clubs flew under the radar and did it anyway.