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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.

The craft beverage industry in West Michigan is looking quite frothy these days.

To meet the growing demands from thirsty consumers, Michigan-based craft brewers have rapidly scaled up production at their manufacturing facilities.

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.

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.

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.

A supplier to West Michigan’s growing craft beverage industry plans to become the first company on this side of the state to take advantage of Michigan’s new crowdfunding law.

Saugatuck Brewing Co. plans to expand the distribution of its products to the Ohio and Minnesota markets, the company announced last week.

The first Michigan company to launch a crowdfunding campaign under a state law enacted late last year has reached it goal of raising $175,000 in startup capital after it got a boost from a single major investor last week.

Rockford Brewing Company Inc. co-owner Seth Rivard has a new way to get his company’s craft beers into the hands of patrons at local watering holes.

Imagine setting up a manufacturing operation and not being able to ship your signature product for close to two years after it was made.

Partners behind a fledgling craft distillery in Grand Rapids think the city’s reputation as a haven for craft beer drinkers plays well into their marketing of small batch vodkas, rums, gins and whiskeys.

Mitten Brewing Company LLC plans to significantly expand its beer production capacity with a new facility on Grand Rapids’ west side.

People's Cider taps into local growers

Written by | Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:52 |

The growing popularity of Michigan craft beer has provided the catalyst for one Grand Rapids entrepreneur to commercialize another type of alcoholic beverage: hard cider.

The whole state of Michigan seems to be bursting at the seams with startup breweries, each with missions of locally sourced ingredients and sustainability. While those ideals are at the heart of a new startup brewery in West Michigan, the company is taking its business model one step further by becoming a cooperative.

Michigan’s first female head winemaker at a commercial winery was just honored by her alma mater for her role in the food industry. In August Purdue University awarded St. Julian Wine Co.’s Nancie Corum-Oxley the “Outstanding Food Science Award.” She spoke with MiBiz. 

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