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KALAMAZOO — Instagram offers businesses a platform to share whimsical photos of their products or operations, but a Southwest Michigan pub alleges there’s nothing funny about the similarity between its trademarked name and the handle a software company is using on the social-networking service.

Published in Beer and wine

The Southwest Michigan brewery startups from twenty or thirty years ago have helped create a dynamic craft beverage scene in the Kalamazoo and Calhoun county region — a market that continues to attract new producers to set up shop.

A decades-old provision in Michigan’s liquor laws has many of the state’s craft brewers crying in their beers. Their license fees, however nominal, go to fund agricultural research and promotion of the state’s grape and wine sector — not the beer industry or its agricultural supply chain of hops and barley.

Published in Beer and wine

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

As Michigan hops production spiked in recent years, startups have begun to recognize a need for another key locally sourced beer (and spirits) ingredient: malted grain.

Published in Agribiz

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.

Published in Hospitality

Bell’s Brewery Inc. Founder Larry Bell spoke at length with MiBiz Editor Brian Edwards about the Kalamazoo-based brewer's trademark dispute. 

Published in In the News

Buoyed by the strength of the automotive industry, the growth of Southwest Michigan’s auto suppliers helped lead the region’s manufacturing sector to another year of job gains.
In fact, the region’s manufacturers largely grew at a rate that outpaced the statewide performance in the same period, according to the June 2014 Business Outlook report from the .W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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.

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