Number 25 … And Counting!

This past week, the 25th microbrewery opened its doors in the metro Grand Rapids area. The milestone nips the heels of Grand Rapids earning the national designation of Beer City U.S.A. for the second year in a row.

A renaissance in microbrewing? Yup. And my hometown sips the sweet suds of success.

Let me put it this way: Three of the local “big boys” on the scene — Founders Brewing Co., The Grand Rapids Brewing Co. and Brewery Vivant — are each located within a short walk of my front door.

So, a question to our VLO family. We have the access … do you have the interest? Would you like to hear more about microbrewing? Maybe listen in on some conversatin’ with local owners?

4 thoughts on “Number 25 … And Counting!

  1. AccessVegas Reply

    I like the concept on a certain level, as long as it doesn’t become too regional or overtake the show. Maybe a monthly segment with a brewer that turns out to be the libations section of that particular show.

    No harm in mentioning or talking about the great brewpubs of the area in a larger context of microbrews. But since you are not a city-specific show, you want to be able to not alienate people who may never make it to the region and thus not so interested in local nuance.

  2. Mike Reply

    I would enjoy it (of course, I live in Michigan and am well acquainted with Founders). I vacationed for a weekend in Grand Rapids a couple years ago. Founders was the only brewery I visited.

    I go to the Michigan Brewers Guild festival in Ypsilanti each summer.

    • Jason Gillikin Reply

      Mike, if you like Belgian-style beers, you might like Brewery Vivant. It opened not terribly long ago (and, conveniently, is within walking distance of my house). They do a great job with the Belgians and have a really well-done appetizer menu. The duck nachos are almost orgasmically good.

      How is the Brewers Guild Festival? Worth attending?

  3. Mike Reply

    It’s a great time. Getting more expensive (Saturday tickets are $40 now; they used to be half that) and it goes over 2 days. It sells out in advance now.

    They used to have a cigar roller on site, but decided they didn’t want to encourage smoking and allow non-guild members at the festival. Nevertheless, I always have a cigar or three.

    It could make a good podcast.

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