Brewery stop #4 with our Experience Grand Rapids hosts was Brewery Vivant Vivant is one of my favorite breweries anywhere. When Vivant grew out of NHBC, I was so excited for their take on Belgian beers, which was (and kinda is) still missing from the Michigan beer scene. Vivant has a great understanding what the…

Brewery stop #3 with our Experience Grand Rapids hosts was at Harmony Hall (on the West side) A view from the upstairs into the GR night. Damn cool tables… One of the coolest murals I’ve ever seen. I want to be this creature. So once upon a time, Harmony hall was a Mexican restaurant (it…

Brewery stop #2 with our Experience Grand Rapids hosts was New Holland Brewing’s Knickerbocker I went to college in Holland, MI when NHBC opened and I’m a homer for them. It’s still weird when your host is a former classmate of yours, but then again at Hope College, everyone knows everyone. The Knickerbocker is a…

Brewery stop #1 with our Experience Grand Rapids hosts was Perrin Brewing. Perrin is a part of the family of breweries including Oskar Blues and Cigar City (and a few more). Killer heavy apps for us and so much beer. This place has a cool industrial vibe, with a great loft area where we hung…

So Experience Grand Rapids put together this cool Brewsader Passport program. You need eight stamps (one per brewery) to get your free shirt. Experience Grand Rapids helped us all get five. For the record, I did some extra credit and got 15. They now have a digital version of the map and also an app…

Another perk of having a host like Experience Grand Rapids, is having them set up special accommodations at the Amway Grand, a local landmark in Grand Rapids. I mean check out this lobby. Check out this fountain-talk about opulence. A personal favorite part of the Amway Grand is the GR connection to Gerald Ford. Ford…

So the “official” conference ended and the post trip commenced. Thanks to Experience Grand Rapids, we were whisked away on theĀ the Lake Express Ferry from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI. This is a trip I’ve made many a time before as my whole family lives near in West Michigan and the ferry is super convenient…

This is a good news-bad news post. Bad news-Brenner Brewing doesn’t have a tap room anymore:( Good news-Mike is still brewing beer thankfully šŸ™‚ We were hosted at the former Brenner Brewing, makers of a lot of fun brews. Brenner has been getting into a lot more sours lately, which is always something I love.…

A Milwaukee favorite for the past 30 years has been Lakefront Brewery, and for good reason. So many delightful pours, both lagers and ales all in one place. The craziness of Lakefront is that they do them all well. One of the best parts of Lakefront is their focus on tours. Lakefront runs the best…

Good City Brewing has the motto: “Seek the Good,” and this is exactly what they have done. While I have been to Good City many a time, the red carpet treatment is a nice little perk. City hall (their main dining area) is where I was used to sitting and eat their exquisite food. I…