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 the 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 🙂 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…

So what does a independent beer lover do about a special invite to tour the Miller Caves? Well obviously, you go because the history alone is amazing. We were all hosting by one of the important folks at Miller, namely one of their army of Cicerones. Something like 30+ certified Cicerones along with some advanced…

Nestled in the old Pabst Brewing campus is the future home of the Milwaukee Brewing Company (MKE BrewCo). MKE has moved into a huge old warehouse on the campus and begun retrofitting for its new home. It seems fitting that after 20 years, MKE will get a brand spanking new home, in an upcycled facility…