Tag Archives: Michigan

• Big Craft Brewery, Oskar Blues, Buys Small Craft Brewery

Big Craft Brewery, Oskar Blues, Buys Small Craft Brewery

Colorado-based brewery Oskar Blues will continue its growth in the craft beer scene thanks to its recent purchase of Perrin Brewing Co., located in a small farming community 10 miles north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. While large multinational beverage companies are devouring independent breweries at a quickening rate, craft breweries buying out their own kind […]

“a woman walks into a bar…” Floating and Cocktailing in Hendrick’s Flying Cucumber

“a woman walks into a bar…” Floating and Cocktailing in Hendrick’s Flying Cucumber

Who would have thought? First of all, that I’d be flying in a blimp, but a Flying Cucumber? Let me tell you, it was pretty amazing. How much gin did it take to come up with this very cool promotion of flying around the country in a cucumber shaped blimp? I would love to have […]

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• Booze, Puke & Guts: Ohio Woman Sets Beer Mile World Record

Booze, Puke & Guts: Ohio Woman Sets Beer Mile World Record

On Wednesday evening, under a rapidly darkening sky, 27-year-old Tod Neer ran across the blacktop of the Formula 1 track in Austin, Texas, and crossed the finish line at the Beer Mile World Championships. He immediately went into the grass on the right-hand side of the track and vomited out about four cans worth of […]

“a woman walks into a bar…” with radio superstar, John Rabe: Part Deux

“a woman walks into a bar…” with radio superstar, John Rabe: Part Deux

Picking up where we left off leaving Sonny’s Hideaway and after several top-drawer drinks, once again, we pile into John’s boat-long Mercedes and float over to Colombo’s in Eagle Rock, about a 2 minute ride. You gotta love Colombo’s which calls itself an ‘Italian Steakhouse & Jazz Club’. What it doesn’t say is that it […]

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• Hops and Spirits Come Together In The Distillery

Hops and Spirits Come Together In The Distillery

For years, the craft-beer and craft-distilling movements have toiled away at their parallel but separate efforts. Now the two have a shared enthusiasm to talk about. Hops, the plants that give beers their bitter edge and much of their aroma — and the favorite plaything of hop-happy brewers — have been adopted by a handful […]

• Just 3 Firms Account for 50%+ of Sales in U.S. Wine Industry

Just 3 Firms Account for 50%+ of Sales in U.S. Wine Industry

No other section of the supermarket offers as many choices as the wine aisle. A typical retailer is likely to have hundreds of unique wines on its shelves. Just three firms, however, account for more than half of the wine sales in the United States. What impact does this industry concentration have on consumer choices? […]

• Toast the Season With Gluten-Free Beers, Adult Beverages

Toast the Season With Gluten-Free Beers, Adult Beverages

The final days of 2011 are here and I’m thinking many of us are planning on having a few adult beverages to mark the occasion. I also was thinking of making some special cocktails to enjoy with friends, inspired by my favorite show, Mad Men and the list of old-time drinks here. But, here are […]

• Wineries see gains since N.Y. shipping law

Wineries see gains since N.Y. shipping law

A 2005 law that allowed New York wineries to ship products directly to customers and permitted other states to send wine to the state has led to millions of dollars a year in tax revenues for New York. Before 2005, individual customers in New York could get shipments from in-state wineries, but not from their […]

• Michigan Surrenders! Raging Bitch Beer Can Be Sold In State

Michigan Surrenders! Raging Bitch Beer Can Be Sold In State

Michigan liquor regulators have switched their position and will allow sales of a Maryland-based beer with a name that?s offensive to some people. Flying Dog Brewery has received approval to promote and sell a popular India pale ale called Raging B—- in Michigan. Julie Wendt of the Liquor Control Commission said the agency on Tuesday […]

• Wall Street Journal Slams HR 1161. CARE Act my foot.

Wall Street Journal Slams HR 1161. CARE Act my foot.

Congress specializes in giving nice names to bad bills, and the latest is the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (Care) Act. This purports to give states and communities more authority to regulate alcohol. In fact, its purpose is to prevent out-of-state wine producers from selling directly to consumers around the country. The federal government and states […]

• Asparagus wine? Why not, Michigan producers say

Asparagus wine? Why not, Michigan producers say

Michigan grows asparagus. Michigan makes wine. Now comes a twist in agritourism ingenuity — asparagus wine. “It has a mild asparagus aroma and flavor with a little hint of sweetness,” says Kellie Fox of the Fox Barn Market & Winery in Shelby, near Pentwater. “And it is really clear.” Admitting that asparagus wine sounds, well, […]

• First amendment lawsuit over Raging Bitch beer label

First amendment lawsuit over Raging Bitch beer label

A provocative beer label and a debate about First Amendment rights are at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick against the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Michigan’s Western District, centers on the commission’s decision in November 2009 to deny an application […]

• Michigan: Law change, craft beers pave way for microdistilling’s spirited growth

Michigan: Law change, craft beers pave way for microdistilling’s spirited growth

The first time John Dyer distilled his own alcohol was after a hunting trip to northern Michigan with a couple of buddies and his dog, a German wirehaired pointer named Ruger. His friend bet him he couldn’t make his own whiskey — and lost. Dyer said that at the time he had no idea he […]

• Tasting American Craft Distillers One Sip At A Time

Tasting American Craft Distillers One Sip At A Time

Over the past few years, a groundswell of independent spirits distilleries has cropped up all across the country. Some call the Chicago area home (such as North Shore and Koval), while many more are setting up shop in Oregon, New York and Michigan. These newly minted enterprises are producing a stunning range of products, from […]

• Good Morning, Michigan! Liquor Sales Can Now Flow At 7am Sundays

Good Morning, Michigan! Liquor Sales Can Now Flow At 7am Sundays

This time they stirred the drink — added a twist — and it came out just right. Lawmakers on Wednesday approved a revised bill to allow liquor sales Sunday mornings and on Christmas Day — a bill Gov. Jennifer Granholm said she will sign. The new law also allows free, limited samples of beer and […]