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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.

Published in Beer and wine

As a small producer of craft beverages, Sietsema Cider LLC often faces challenges when it comes to finding ways to package its line of hard ciders. Owner Andy Sietsema found that bottling his products yielded inferior results and proved to be a hassle for the company and its customers. However, as a startup, the company wasn’t in a position to invest in its own canning line.

Published in Beer and wine

A startup manufacturer plans to capitalize on the growing market for flavored and gluten-free beers with a new product that offers brewers an alternative to using malted grain. Treeborn Inc. intends to supply chestnut chips — used either as a replacement for malted grain or added to the beer as a flavoring ingredient — to the growing number of craft breweries opening across the country.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:40

MittenBrew.com transitions to new ownership

GRAND RAPIDS — MittenBrew LLC, an Ada-based online niche Michigan craft beverage publication, is under new ownership.

Published in In the News

Ask West Michigan craft brewers about their experiences with the federal bureaucrat who singlehandedly approved thousands of beer labels over the last decade, and nearly all of them will have a story. Some of them are even printable.

Published in Beer and wine

Craft beer enthusiasts throughout the Upper Midwest will have more opportunities to find Founders Brewing Co.’s products closer to home.

Published in In the News

Money is pouring into the craft beer industry these days, as players from across the capital spectrum open their spigots to fund startups, expansions and a growing number of liquidity events.

Published in Economic Development

Galesburg-based Bell’s Brewing Inc. plans to expand its manufacturing facility to be able to produce 1 million barrels of beer annually, up from 319,000 barrels last year.

Published in In the News

The headlines about acquisitions, expansions and outside investments — and even bankruptcies — provide proof that the West Michigan craft beer industry has started to mature. That’s not surprising for Bart Watson, the chief economist at the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association.

Published in Q&A

Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. cracked into the top 20 largest craft breweries in the nation last year, according to a new report from the Brewers Association.

Published in In the News
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