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Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor among Beer City USA poll leaders

Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor among Beer City USA poll leaders

Michigan started Craft Beer Week out with a bang with last week’s Beer City USA poll.

Grand Rapids, which tied for first place last year alongside Asheville, North Carolina,  took exclusive rights to the title this year, getting over twice as many votes as any other nominated city. Kalamazoo took second place, with Asheville slipping to third, cementing Michigan’s reputation as The Great Beer State.

Cakabakery to be featured on Food Network May 19

Cakabakery to be featured on Food Network May 19

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Grand Rapids bakery will be featured on The Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars.”

Cakabakery began in owner Jason Kakabaker’s home and local commercial kitchen in 2010. The bakery recently moved into its location at 1436 Wealthy Street, which previously housed The Local Epicurean.    The new site features a renovated commercial kitchen, catering space and special; events venue.

Cakabakery features custom cakes and desserts made from raw ingredients.  Its owner has been baking for more than 20 years.  This year, Cakabakery was named the official bakery for the American Cancer Society's 100th birthday.

Cakabakery will make its national TV debut Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m.

Hopcat and Pike 51 keep hopheads high for 4/20

Hopcat and Pike 51 keep hopheads high for 4/20

“Weed Day”  might not be a national holiday (at least not yet anyway,) but 4/20 has been associated traditionally with the controversial herb for decades, dating back to the use of 420 as a police code.

A couple of Grand Rapids-area breweries thought they would have fun with using the date to promote a related weed-hops, and have enough IPAs on tap to keep any hophead high throughout the day!

Read Article: http://www.imabeerhound.com/michigan-brewery-events/hopcat-and-pike-51-keep-hopheads-high-for-420-weed-day.html<

The 2013 Zaison release by Brewery Vivant

The 2013 Zaison release by Brewery Vivant

Last spring, Brewery Vivant debuted their Zaison Imperial Saison Ale, and like many I made the very easy to make mistake of underestimating the strength based on the drinkability and having one or two too many.

Fortunately this year I went in knowing, as my friends and I all believe this year’s release to be even a smoother more quenchable brew than the 2012 release. For those not familiar with Zaison, the beer is modeled after a seasonal Belgian style Saison with a Brewery Vivant twist. For a summer beer, be very careful, as the ABV comes in 9% and I wouldn’t recommend this as a lawn mower beer!

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http://www.imabeerhound.com/michigan-brewery-news/recap-of-2013-zaison-release-from-brewery-vivant.html

Grand Rapids Beer City USA 2013 - the time to vote is now!

Grand Rapids Beer City USA 2013 - the time to vote is now!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- There is no question 2012 was great year for Grand Rapids and beer.

A record number of breweries opened, including Eastown’s Harmony, Mitten Brewing, and Grand Rapids Brewing Company as well as both Pike 51 and White Flame in Hudsonville, Perrin in Comstock Park and Rockford Brewing Company. Additionally, Grand Rapid’s most successful brewery, Founders, celebrated their 15 year anniversary in style which included the release of their 15% Bolt Cutter Barleywine. But perhaps the defining moment in 2012 was the nomination and securing of the title Beer City USA in a tied vote along with previous year victors Asheville, North Carolina.

Read Article: http://www.imabeerhound.com/michigan-brewery-news/grand-rapids-beer-city-usa-2013-the-time-to-vote-is-now.html

The Peoples Cider Company Batch #1 debuts at Hopcat and Georgio’s in downtown Grand Rapids

The Peoples Cider Company Batch #1 debuts at Hopcat and Georgio’s in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The Peoples Cider Co. very recently has started previewing their European-style dry cider at local Grand Rapids bars and restaurants, and I took advantage of the opportunity to meet up with owner Jason Lummen at the near-downtown cider making facility and talk about the new and exciting venture.

For those looking for something a little different from the many sweeter tasting hard ciders that seem most abundant in the American market, Jason has been working on and developing his own brand of dry cider since his very first batch back in 2002. Recently obtaining a small winemaker’s license has allowed him the luxury and freedom to begin distributing at a much earlier stage than what it would take a small brewery to reach the same levels.

Specialty beer on tap as Grand Rapids defends Beer City USA title

Specialty beer on tap as Grand Rapids defends Beer City USA title

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Ten area breweries are teaming up to create a new beer, as Grand Rapids defends its title of Beer City USA.

The new rye IPA, called #55555513, will be available on tap starting Sunday, May 5.  The beer received its creative name because it contains 5.5% alcohol, 55 International Bitterness Units (IBU), and is being released on 5/5/13.   

Participating breweries include: