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B.O.B.'s Brewery taps the Peanut Butter Stout with $1.00 beer specials

B.O.B.'s Brewery taps the Peanut Butter Stout with $1.00 beer specials

Friday November 16th at 4:30 PM marked the Peanut Butter Stout tapping party at B.O.B.’s Brewery in downtown Grand Rapids. The event included live music provided by Sam Kenny at 5:00 PM and a contest to guess the number in a peanut-filled growler with many prizes including Gilmore Collection gift cards of up to $100. The Stout was available for a limited time for $1.00 pours and the already insanely cheap $25.00 lifetime mug club memberships were discounted to $20.00 for attendees. Mug Club membership includes $1.00 pours on Thursdays, discounted food, and of course an engraved mug.

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GRAM holiday tree arrives in downtown

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - If you were in downtown Grand Rapids Monday morning, you probably saw the Grand Rapids Art Museum receiving its holiday tree.

The 40-foot blue spruce rolled up Monroe Center and is being installed at the GRAM Plaza for the holiday season.  Staff will decorate the tree with over 40,000 LED energy-effiicient lights.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony is this coming Friday at 5:30pm.


Despite challenges, retailers like downtown

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - On an almost unanimous basis, downtown retailers said they were pleased with their locations and would open their stores in the same area, even if they had an alternative. They also said downtown and its surrounding retail areas were in need of more stores and reasons for shoppers to shop with them.

Those comments and a few more were made to Robert Gibbs when he visited with 29 store owners in the district last summer. Other things Gibbs heard from the retailers were that many customers complained about a lack of convenient parking, which has been a gripe for decades, and that few owners would expand their stores if they had an opportunity to do so.

Hopcat goes Wild for Barrel-Aged and Sour Beer Festival

Hopcat goes Wild for Barrel-Aged and Sour Beer Festival

Hopcat gathered up quite the collection of over 40 unique and unusual beers for the 2012 Wood and Wild Ale Festival. Many of the offerings included were aged at Hopcat’s own personal cellar for years prior to being made available for this event. Drafts were available in 5 oz or 10 oz pours, or sample-sized pours if you asked nicely, which I did so as to try the greatest variety of different beers. Kegs were being tapped and untapped regularly throughout the evening so I primarily relied on the staff’s expertise to bring me out the best available and they did a great job. In fact, towards the end of my visit my initial menu was replaced fresh with a new menu with old offerings removed and all of the latest including “on deck” offerings listed.

Send us your Thanksgiving photos!

Send us your Thanksgiving photos!

As the Thanksgiving weekend comes to an end, we ask what the holiday means to you..? Is it family, food, football, Black Friday, volunteering, or maybe just relaxing as you take advantage of your time off?

Please send us a photos of what Thanksgiving means to you along with your name, location and a brief comment about Thanksgiving to MyTown@wzzm13.com for our My Town Thanksgiving photo gallery to be published early this week.

Thank you and we hope you've had a wonderful thanksgiving weekend!

Wondering where to get your Christmas tree this year?

Wondering where to get your Christmas tree this year?

For those of you who celebrate Christmas with a real tree, it can be daunting trying to find the best place to get one. Well, look no further that Michigan's Christmas Tree Association website.

The site is full of great information about how to choose a tree, where to get find one and much more. One of the site's best features are its interactive maps to help you find "Choose & Cut" farms, retail lots, and wholesale trees. There's also plenty of information for children and educators.

Click here to visit the Michigan Christmas Tree Association website.

A stadium finish to a Thanksgiving tradition

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)–Some West Michigan runners broke a sweat before their Thanksgiving meal.

Although the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k has been around for 20 years, this is the first time the race took runners through downtown Grand Rapids. Participants enjoyed a "stadium finish" at Van Andel Arena.

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will go toward athletic programs for the Grand Rapids Public Schools.