A New Season for Eat Local West Michigan

When I started Eat Local West Michigan in 2010, the local food movement was still young. There were two primary CSAs, Trillium Haven and Groundswell. There were a handful of microbreweries and even fewer farm to table restaurants. In recent years the culinary landscape has exploded. We became Beer City USA, there are 22 CSAs … Continue reading A New Season for Eat Local West Michigan

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

Valentine’s Day in West Michigan 2016

Photo courtesy of Fenn Valley Vineyards by Jeremy Witt Prepare the roses and chocolate covered strawberries because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! It’s possible that you may have forgotten and are scrambling to arrange plans or maybe you’ve been waiting 365 days in anticipation to surprise the one you love. To help both … Continue reading Valentine’s Day in West Michigan 2016