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As global consumers continue to develop an appetite for American craft beers, many Michigan-based microbreweries have seized the opportunity to expand distribution into foreign markets.

Michigan’s growing base of craft hard cider producers have joined forces in a new industry association that aims to improve the supply of raw materials and drive awareness of the beverage among consumers.

A Kalamazoo-based firm has developed new technology that it says could bring back some favorable cold weather- and drought-resistant qualities to modern corn crops without resorting to genetic engineering.

Farmers, food processors and other people with agriculture innovations have a new venture to help get their ideas to market.

Q&A: Angela Steil, Gravity Taphouse Grille

Written by | Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:00 |

After leaving a career as a model in New York City to become the youngest certified cicerone in the country, 21-year-old Angela Steil gets to talk about craft beer all day long. She’s now the in-house cicerone at the newly-opened Gravity Taphouse on the East Beltline Avenue in Grand Rapids, operated by Redwater Restaurant Group LLC. In that role, Steil’s job is to help customers navigate the restaurant’s extensive craft beer selections. She spoke with MiBiz about her role of taking Beer City USA patrons on an educational journey through craft beer.

When the founders of Long Road Distillers LLC decided to bring in an experienced professional to manage the launch of its spirits production later this year, they realized they needed to look beyond the local talent pool for help.

Aided by the popularity of beers such as Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Bend, Ore.-based Deschutes Brewing Inc. has grown to be the sixth-largest U.S. craft brewery by volume in 2013. Deschutes started distributing in West Michigan this fall.

Earlier this month, the first six-packs of Lucky Girl Brewing Co.’s signature products started rolling out to Meijer stores and other retailers across Michigan.

Breweries and taphouses are far from the only businesses benefiting from the boom in craft beer production these days.

The proximity to market demand and a track record for producing quality produce has served as a catalyst for Michigan’s potato industry.

Michigan farmers targeting the state’s expanding craft beer business could benefit if a newly proposed “Farm to Glass” bill gains traction in the state Legislature.

Mega-retailer Meijer leveraged its relationship with the LPGA to bring the world’s best female golfers to West Michigan this month.

Kalamazoo's Tibbs Brewing Company is not alone in its lean startup approach to business, which could explain the continued launch of new breweries throughout Southwest Michigan despite an abundance of existing options.

As the West Michigan craft beverage industry begins to shift beyond beer, one West Michigan company has set its sights on producing the so-called “nectar of the gods.”

Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.’s acquisition of another staple in the West Michigan coffee industry has the potential to position the combined company for national growth.

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