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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Dexter posted 4 photos.

Beer City, USA here we come! The grand opening of @jollypumpkingr is just over a month away and is slated to take place March/April. We look forward to sharing all of our artisanal libations, fresh seasonal food options, and being a part of the Grand Rapids community!

#miwbf18 is coming...

This year’s Michigan Winter Beer Festival (February 23-24) is going to be the LARGEST to date, in terms of both number of breweries (142) and total beers poured (1006+). Below is the detailed…
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Winter Beerfest 2013: THE LINE.
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VIP Enthusiast Entrance at Noon, and a glimpse at the line..
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My first little peek into the Boston trip is one of my very favorite moments from the trip. We met with brewers from Carton Brewing Co. at Harpoon on Saturday morning for a private tour of the facility. They run public tours -every 20 minutes- on weekends, so it was an awesome opportunity to get up close and personal with the brewery via our wonderful contact, Kevin, who works sales for Harpoon Distributing. While we were having a beer in the taproom waiting to go, Kevin suddenly asks us if we have any quarters. Confused, we all check our pockets to no avail, though I managed to find one to contribute. He dismisses himself and comes back a minute later with a handful of quarters. We walk down to the main public entrance and hang a right through a staff only door, to be welcomed by THIS before we went on the tour. "Pretty cool, huh?" Kevin said. ..I found that to be a drastic understatement.
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One of my favorites! Keep an eye out when it heads to market in a few weeks..

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales - Dexter

This year's batch of La Roja du Kriek is now packaged and bottle conditioning.

You can't go wrong with this cherry packed beauty! Stay tuned for more details on its release.

A note about what 2018 holds for Speciation:

2017 was insane! We are astounded by how much we accomplished in our first year, and 2018 is set to be even bigger. We are planning over 50 new beers, as well as a number of other changes. Incipient and Genetic Drift have been our two base beers since the beginning of Speciation. For 2018 we have de
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And while we're at it, THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A 'CHICK BEER'.

Some of the best beer minds I know are that of Women - brilliant, analytical, wonderfully palated, women.

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Be a good human and give everyone a chance to show you that they know their stuff. Chances are, they do. And if they don't, that's more of a reflection on the establishment than the bartender. Notice how gender didn't play a role in that statement? It shouldn't.

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Female beer server Christie Dix explores the gender bias in craft beer.
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For some reason, I never considered a second location for Founders Brewing Co.

They blew my mind when they announced they would be opening a second location in Detroit - a most welcome addition to the area that could, arguably, ignite the beer scene in Detroit.

Founders has opened in an area nearly absent of breweries, and, pointedly, in close vicinity to both the Little Caesars Arena and the Masonic temple - an area featuring only two bars in immediate vicinity.

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Poised to make a significant impression on the area and providing craft lovers an unparalleled destination while visiting Detroit, Founders has taken a brisk and prominent foothold on the local beer scene.

May high tides raise all ships, as Detroit welcomes Founders Brewing Company to their first and only satellite facility.

Cheers, Slainte, and Prost!

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Founders Taproom - Detroit added 113 new photos to the album: Founders Taproom - Detroit.

Join us at 3pm today, December 4, as we open the doors to the public to our Detroit taproom!

While you're here, check out the progress from the past few months. The change has been pretty remarkable.

Online Tickets Sales Begin Thursday, November 30 for
Michigan Brewers Guild 13th Annual Winter Beer Festival – February 23-24, 2018

(LANSING, Mich)—Tickets for the wildly popular Michigan Brewers Guild 13th Annual Winter Beer Festival, will go on sale on Thursday, November 30 at 10am at MiBeer.com. The 13th Annual festival will be held Friday, February 23 (5-9pm) and Saturday, February 24 (1-6pm) at Fifth Third Ballpark in Comstock Park, just north of downtown Grand Rapids.

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Friday tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the gate if any remain available; Saturday tickets are $50 in advance. In past years, Saturday tickets for this outdoor craft beer celebration have sold out as quickly as 17 minutes and will sell out in advance of the festival again this year.

Enthusiast Members (active as of October 30) are invited to a ticket pre-sale which opens at midnight on Tuesday, November 28 and ends at 11:59pm on Wednesday, November 29. Enthusiasts are also admitted into all Guild festivals one hour prior to the general public (with valid membership). Access to festivals is just one of the benefits for Enthusiasts for their $55 a year annual membership. For added benefits visit www.mibeer.com/enthusiast-membership.

The Michigan Brewers Guild is the network of innovative and passionate brewers that serves as the recognized advocate for the Michigan craft beer industry. The mission of the Michigan Brewers Guild is to promote and protect the Michigan craft beer industry with an overarching goal to help craft beer acquire 20% of the market by 2025.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

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Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival

Beer lovers check out the Experience Beer booth in Beer City Station during #GRWineFest where there will be several limited tap release parties each day! Want t...o skip the line and make sure you get to try it before it runs out? Listen to 101.3 The Brew for details on how to win a Fast Pass. They are giving away 5 Fast Passes for each day to “skip the line” and be the first to check out these limited release beers! Thanks Ben Darcie for helping coordinate this year's exciting line-up! #BeerCity #CraftBeer

TIMED RELEASES

Thursday, 6pm – Liberty Street Brewing Co. – Eagle Eye Session IPA

Thursday, 8pm – Pigeon Hill Oatmeal Cream Pie

Friday, 5pm – Newaygo Brewing – Riverhouse Ale Saison

Friday, 7pm – Revolution Oktoberfest

Friday, 9pm – City Built Brewing – White Girls After Dark – Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout

Saturday, 2pm – Rockford – Hoplust IPA

Saturday, 4pm – Blackrocks Norskye Session IPA

Saturday, 6pm – Newaygo Brewing – Death Rye

Saturday, 8pm – Revolution – Mosaic Hero IPA

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Look who's shown up in the ol' GR.. upland brewing!

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Join us for a double feature this Thursday! We’re celebrating Upland Brewing Company’s release (and their delicious sours) into Michigan along with a Late Harvest Cider Dinner featuring: The Peoples Cider Co., Farmhaus Cider Co., Vander Mill, and Sietsema Cider. Prost!

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[Edit: Railtown Double IPA replaced with Cedar Springs Kusterer Weissbier]

Here we go!

The 2017 Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival Beer Line...up for Experience Beer!

This year I'll be pouring tons of AWESOME beer and cider, all from vendors who are not at the festival - the only place you can get them is at the XPB booth!

Check out the full time drafts and special timed releases below!

The Experience Beer booth will be the only place you can find:
The Peoples Cider Co.
The Mitten Brewing Co.
Blackrocks Brewery
Railtown Brewing Company
Liberty Street Brewing Co
Pigeon Hill Brewing Company
Newaygo Brewing Co
Revolution Brewing
and Rockford Brewing Company!

Come see me, it's going to be a GREAT time!

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Darcie's top picks for the Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival @ Eastern Market, Detroit this weekend!

- Arbor Brewing Co Brewpub - Frambroise (Raspberry Lambic)
- Arbor Brewing Co Microbrewery - Sur Lie Concord Lambic

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I think this may be the first time I've EVER seen a spontaneously fermented lambic on the beer list for a guild fest - GET IT.

- Bell's - Le Contrabatisste
- Blackrocks - Ryetoberfest
- Brewery Becker - BA Tripel
- Brewery Vivant - Escoffiberries
- Cotton Brewing Company - Goji Bear - Goji Berry Hefeweizen
- Dark Horse - BA Scotty Karate (And BA Plead the 5th, of course)
- Frankenmuth Brewing - Oh My Quad!
- Grand Rapids Brewing Co - Princess Peach Unicorn Fairy Glitter Sparkle Queen
- Greenbush - Demeter Pale Ale Single Hop Series - Cascade, Chinook, Nugget
- Griffin Claw - Oblivious Wheatwine
- Hopcat - Unicorn on Acid
- Kuhnhenn - Helles Bock (Collab w/ Black Bottom Brewing)
- New Holland - Baltic Anomaly
- Perrin - Malted Milk Ball Porter
- Pigeon Hill - Your Mom on French Toast
- Railtown - I Likey Lilikoi - Passionfruit Cream Ale
- Speciation Artisan Ales - Tequila BA Incipient w/ Bluberries, Lime & Salt
- Transient Artisan Ales - Montmorency - Cherry Oak Aged Sour
- Witch's Hat - 1-800-WET-HOPS - Wet Hopped NEIPA
- Wolverine Brewing Co - Mexican Hot Chocolate Massacre

These are the beauties that caught my attention. I'm not looking for white whales or super rare stuff, I'm looking for beers that genuinely look interesting and I want to taste. But yeah, KBS is there, too

Cheers and have a great time!

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We Need a New Way to Talk About Sour Beers

The Great American Beer Festival this weekend showed the future of sours. The category is broad — and broadly misunderstood. Here's what you need to know.
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So awesome!

We had a great time brewing Bloody Beer with our friends Dogfish Head earlier this year for Project Extreme Brewing! Check out the video to see all of Joe & Sam's fun adventures and head to the pub in Bellaire tomorrow to pick up some of this year's Bloody Beer six pack bottle release.

Follow along with pals from Short's Brewing, Carton Brewing, The Post Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., BeerAdvocate, and the Godfather of Homebr...
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Congratulations to all the MI Breweries who placed at GABF today!

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2017 GABF Winners from Michigan!
Congratulations to all!

Congratulations!!!
2017 Small Brewpub & Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year:...
Rockford Brewing Company, Rockford

Cat. 10-Chocolate Beer, 62 entries.
Silver, Crankers, Big Rapids, Aprhodisiac Chocolate Pomegranate Imperial Stout

Cat. 13-Specialty Beers- 42 entries.
Silver, Rye Hipster Brunch Stout
Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven

Gold, Barrel aged Sweet Potato Soufflé Rye
Odd Side Ales, Grand Haven

Cat. 18-Other Strong Beer-40 entries.
Bronze, Antwerp’s Placebo
Batch B.C., Detroit

Cat. 70, English Style Brown Ale-63 entries
Bronze, Rogue River Brown
Rockford Brewing Co., Rockford

Cat. 74, Gose-100 entries.
Bronze, Passion Fruit Gose
Perrin B.C., Comstock Park

Cat. 90-Classic Irish-Style Dry-30 entries.
Silver, Sheehan’s Stout
Rockford B.C.

Cat. 97- Old Ale or Strong Ale-43 entries.
Bronze, Pilgrim’s Dole
New Holland B.C., Holland

Cat. 98-Barleywine Style Ale-49 entries.
Gold, Shipfaced
Silver Harbor B.C., St. Joseph

7923 Entries
2217 Breweries
276 Judges/13 Countries
185 Volunteers

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Here we go! Live stream starting at noon!

GO MICHIGAN!

https://livestream.com/thebrewingnetwork/gabf2017

Watch The Brewing Network's GABF 2017 Awards Ceremony on Livestream.com. Live broadcast of the 2017 Great American Beer Festival Awards ceremony from Denver, CO. Tune in and cheer on your favorite breweries as they compete for America's top honors in Craft Beer!
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More leasing complications for Michigan Breweries.. this one out of the East Side's Falling Down Beer Co in Warren, MI.

I hope this gets resolved! At least a small hiatus for Falling Down

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From Falling Down Beer Company
September 26 at 2:29pm ·
It seems that so often with good news comes bad. We are currently in protracted negotiations to extend ...our lease agreement and perform building improvements at our Warren location but have not yet come to an agreement with the owner. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that we will be closing our doors October 1st, while we continue to work out an agreement. If we can come to a mutually agreeable arrangement, we hope to open the doors again within a few weeks. In consideration of our employees, we will not be opening today and are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will, however, be open Wednesday through Saturday, this final week of September. If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to message us and we will respond.

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