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With its 348 barrels of beer produced last year, Newaygo Brewing Co. accounted for less than 1 percent of all craft beer made in Michigan in 2015.

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As craft beer exports present consistent growth opportunities for American producers, internationally-distributing companies such as Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. note that overseas markets are making up an ever-increasing portion of their sales.

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A Northern Michigan craft brewer has decided to expand the distribution footprint of its products to out-of-state markets for the first time.

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Despite a long career in the beer distribution business, Keith Klopcic lacked expertise in making the beverages he sold to bars and retailers around the state of Michigan. So when the opportunity arose to buy Comstock Park-based Perrin Brewing Co. last year, he tapped a partner with extensive craft brewing resources who had the know-how to help him continue scaling up the business.

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After outgrowing its current production space, Founders Brewing Co. plans to add a second brewery in Grand Rapids.

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Erik May, the owner of Pilot Malt House LLC, had always envisioned expanding his West Michigan-based craft beverage supply chain business to other markets.

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As the craft brewing industry continues to grow in West Michigan, several higher education institutions have begun to take action to address brewers’ talent needs. Community colleges and universities in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo are in various stages of developing training programs that aim to establish a talent pool of qualified brewing professionals.

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Would-be brewery owners Edwin Collazo and Dave Petroelje plan to leverage their individual skills to launch a new craft brewery in Grand Rapids. Collazo, a former financial adviser, and long-time brewer Petroelje plan to open City Built Brewing Company LLC next summer in a mixed-use building in the city’s burgeoning North Monroe neighborhood, just north of downtown.

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Craft beer tourism contributes more than $12.2 million to the Kent County economy. That’s according to a new study from a trio of economics professors at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business that was commissioned by Experience Grand Rapids, the convention and visitors bureau for Kent County.

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West Michigan craft brewers could be on the hook for thousands of dollars in testing expenses as a result of federal regulations that will require nutritional information for beer and other alcoholic beverages to be included on menus at chain restaurants.

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