Building Bridges in West Michigan at Local First’s Fork Fest

Supporting local means building bridges between business and consumer. It's community. It's sustainability. Our philosophy, here at Eat Local West Michigan; eating local involves connecting local food sources in West Michigan with the local communities.  Bringing more awareness to our neighbors and their families on what is available in our communities when it comes time … Continue reading Building Bridges in West Michigan at Local First’s Fork Fest

Drink Local: Rhubarb & Long Road Summer Drink Recipe for Memorial Day Weekend

Whether you stop by Long Road Distillery or pick up some Long Road Gin or Vodka to make it at home, this Lower Westside recipe is perfect for the Memorial Day weekend! Ingredients include: Rhubarb Orange cordial Lime Long Road Gin or Vodka In addition to being a holiday weekend, fans of Long Road have … Continue reading Drink Local: Rhubarb & Long Road Summer Drink Recipe for Memorial Day Weekend

The Story of Brewt’s Bloody Mary Mix

Last May, business partners Emily and Luke spent more than 50 hours in the kitchen, trying to create the best Bloody Mary mix. The two Bloody Mary enthusiasts never had a go-to mix they could get from the grocery store or bar, so they set out to make their own. The mix also falls in line with … Continue reading The Story of Brewt’s Bloody Mary Mix

Grand Rapids Area Breweries Form Beer City Brewers Guild

  In April, a New West Michigan Non-Profit Guild organized to raise awareness of the craft brewing culture within the community by forming Beer City Brewers Guild 501(c)(6). A vehicle for events, collaborations, charitable giving, and knowledge sharing. Since 2012 Grand Rapids Area Breweries and supporting businesses have collaborated to make Beer City a better place … Continue reading Grand Rapids Area Breweries Form Beer City Brewers Guild

From Beer City to Spirit City

We all know Grand Rapids is Beer City, but there’s a big chance “Spirit City” will make its way into the Grand Rapids lexicon the near future. Since 2013, nearly 40 distilleries have popped up all over Michigan, with about five of them calling Grand Rapids their home. Compared to the rest of the nation, … Continue reading From Beer City to Spirit City