Superior Sounds: Great summer concerts along the shores of the greatest Great Lake

Summer in the Upper Midwest—so much to do, so little time! Like any other Minnesotan, I enjoy hopping a plane to somewhere warmer for a week or so in the winter, but summer is the perfect time to enjoy local offerings out on the open road. Some vacation for leisure; others for adventure. I always … [ Read more]

Microscopic Michigan: Dr. Emily Geiger is taming wild yeast on the shores of Superior

Walk along the shoreline of Lake Superior outside of the Upper Peninsula town of Hancock, Michigan, and you might stumble across a half-filled mason jar covered in a cloth. Don’t disturb it. It’s not a forgotten glass of beer from a picnic or beach party, but one of Dr. Emily Geiger’s carefully laid traps. Call … [ Read more]

Minnesota gains the ‘Upper Hand’—Michigan brewery begins distribution in January

Escanaba, Michigan’s Upper Hand Brewery is expanding into Minnesota. Beginning in January 2017, the brewery will be distributing its beer lineup, such as their year-rounders of Upper Peninsula Ale, Escanaba Black Beer, Upper Hand Lager, and Yooper Ale, throughout the state with help from Artisan Beer Company. Upper Hand, which opened in 2014, is a division of the legendary … [ Read more]

Founders Brewing’s new seasonal pilsner coming to 15-packs

  Founders Brewing Co. is prepping for fall 2016 with the release of a new pilsner. PC Pils is the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company’s take on the classic pilsner, but brewed with the American hops Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial. “PC Pils will be a great seasonal offering to support our six year-round packaged products. We are … [ Read more]

AleSmith expands distribution to Michigan next month

AleSmith Brewing Company of San Diego, California, announced plans to begin distribution into Michigan starting next month. The move comes after the brewery’s recent expansion into a 105,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art brewing facility capable of producing enough beer to supply territories it has heretofore been unable to service. With a pair of recent partnerships with Kalamazoo-based Imperial Beverage and … [ Read more]

Oskar Blues ships 50,000 cans of water to Flint, Michigan

Oskar Blues Brewing posted on its Facebook page that it is shipping 50,000 cans of fresh water to Flint, Michigan, in an effort to help relieve the city’s clean-water shortage. For more than a year, water drawn from the Flint River leached lead from old lines into homes after the city switched its drinking water. Flint has … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Brewery Vivant

Photos by Steph Harding Belgian tradition. Local mission. Brewery Vivant’s philosophy is clear the moment you walk up to its doors. Located in an old funeral home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the pub gives off a monastic vibe: diffused light, lots of wood, stained-glass windows, beer-hall tables for shared seating. This sense of community, coupled … [ Read more]

Why You Should Care That Marquette, Michigan’s Blackrocks Brewery Just Started Canning Its Brews

By Brian Martucci In mid-September, Blackrocks Brewery of Marquette, Michigan put the finishing touches on a new brewhouse on the outskirts of town and kicked its canning operation into high gear. “What’s that?” you say. “Everyone knows that Marquette is in Wisconsin. Also,  Blackrocks isn’t even a word. And why is there a picture of a snow-covered  yellow … [ Read more]

Chasing the Beer Scene: Michigan, Part Two

By Brian Martucci Thus far, the Growler has chased the beer scene in all of the states that share a land border with Minnesota, plus the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. In this issue, it’s only fitting that we traipse across the northern Wisconsin wilderness to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which shares an extensive water border with Minnesota via … [ Read more]

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