August 13, 2014 at 1:00 am

Our/Vodka moves in to SW Detroit

International brand opening its first U.S. spot in SW Detroit

Our/Detroit micro-distillery and tasting room will open as early as this weekend in Southwest Detroit. (Our/Detroit)

Global brand Our/Vodka has teamed up with local entrepreneurs around the world to open micro-distilleries and tasting rooms. Our/Detroit in Southwest Detroit will be the first branch in the United States, opening as soon as this weekend.

While Our/Vodka is a European company, Our/Detroit is owned and operated by Detroiter Sara Aldridge and Detroiter-via-Cleveland Kate Bordine. The plan is to open this weekend, and operate daily except for Mondays and Tuesdays.

Our/Vodka distilleries in New York, Seattle, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, London and elsewhere will follow. Each tiny bottle of vodka will have the same appearance in every city: a 350 ml clear glass bottle with a crown cap. Because locally sourced ingredients are used, though, each city’s 80-proof product will taste slightly different.

Visit Our/Detroit at 2545 Bagley in Detroit. Call (313) 656-4610.

Longtime Ferndale bartender moves on

If you’ve had a drink at the Woodward Avenue Brewers in the past decade or so, chances are Stevie Michael has served you. The friendly, tattooed bartender and musician is moving on, though, after more than 13 years of great service behind the bar at the WAB and its sister venue, the Loving Touch.

Michael’s next endeavor is working for the Toast Restaurant group, which has restaurants in Ferndale and Birmingham.

“They are growing with new ventures, and I’m happy to be a part of it,” he says. “There was an opportunity to stop bartending and focus more on the management side of my career.”

Michael’s last shift starts 9 p.m. Thursday at the Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward in Ferndale.

No more sweet treats

Michigan-based Hard Luck Candy vodka company will cease to produce its sweet, colorful booze that barflies in Metro Detroit have grown to love. If you see Hard Luck’s Red Fish, Root Beer Barrel, Lemon Dead or Orange Dream on a bar or store shelf, grab it, because once it’s gone, it’s gone.

The company announced it’s closing last week via social media, thanking loyal customers and stating that the last few orders have shipped out to distributors and no more will be made.

Deliciously brief

■The Daily Meal put Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids at the top of its list of the 50 best craft breweries in America. Founders is known for its easy drinking All Day IPA, Breakfast Stout and the bourbon barrel-aged, hard-to-find KBS. Kalamazoo’s Bell’s Brewery was fifth.

■The Detroit Zen Center has ended lunch and weekend brunch at its basement cafe due “to lack of interest.” The nutrient-rich salads and other products are still available under the name Living Zen Organics at Eastern Market and other area stores.

Food and beverage events

Ferragosto Fest at Paesano’s Restaurant and Wine Bar: Italian food and tent party with music and dancing. 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $60. 3411 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. (734) 971-0484.

30th anniversary at Paesano’s Restaurant and Wine Bar: Retro menu and dancing. 6:30 p.m. Fri. $30. 3411 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor. (734) 971-0484.

Ann Arbor Brewery Walking Tour starting at Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery: Travel to three tree town breweries, sample beer and have a barbecue lunch. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sat. $40. 207 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. (248) 850-2563.

Chef’s cooking class and dinner at Rattlesnake Club: Executive chef Chris Franz grills on the restaurant’s patio and offers tips to guests. Menu to be announced. 2-4 p.m. Sat. $65. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.

Sarap pop-up dinner at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Filipino inspired cuisine including fried lumpia, deep-fried pork belly, a noddle dish, adobo with garlic fried rice and halo halo ice cream sandwiches. Vegetarian option available. 5 and 8 p.m. Sat. $50. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. www.sarapdetroit.com

Nigerian dinner at Lagos: Permanent pop-up space Lagos serves grilled beef rubbed with peanut and ginger spice (fish option available) with jollof rice, steamed vegetables, fried plantains and ewa aganyin (mashed beans with pepper sauce). 6:30 and 9 p.m. Sun. $35. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. Purchase dinner in advance at www.fromlagos.com.

Culinary Guild of Detroit dinner at Iridescence: Chef Benjamin Meyer invites Chef Ariel Millan from Ottava Via and Mercury Burger Bar to his kitchen to create a one-of-a-kind prix fixe, four course dinner. 5, 5:30, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Sun. $50. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 237-6732.

Popupalooza at St. Cece’s: Pop-up meals from 10 chefs, including Sarap, Heavy Nettles, Kung Food, Dr. Sushi, Alegria Pops, DIBS and more. 5-10 p.m. Tues. Prices vary. 1426 Bagley, Detroit. (313) 962-2121.

Arbor Brewing Company’s Violin Monster release party at Busch’s Fresh Food Market: Sample beers and listen to a performance from the Violin Monster. 4-7 p.m. Aug. 22. Free. 2020 Green, Ann Arbor. (734) 994-7200.

Cruise & Brew on Detroit Princess Riverboat: Sample craft beer and hard cider as you float down the Detroit river on this classic riverboat. Tickets include 15 tasting tickets and appetizers. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 22. $55. Boat docks at 201 Civic Center, Detroit. (248) 850-2563.

Big Grill Burger Bash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: More than 25 restaurants vie for the title of Michigan’s Best Burger. Samples include beef, turkey, vegan and vegetarian options, plus craft beer sampling. 8 p.m. Aug. 22. $55, $75 VIP. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. www.TheBigGrillBurgerBash.com

Food and Wine Festival at Meadow Brook Music Festival: Sample wines from more than 150 wineries and buy bottles to take home. There will also be food, wine seminars and live music. 1-9 p.m. Aug. 23 and 1-5:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $25, $10 designated drivers. 5443 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Return to Your Roots fundraising dinner at Bowers Farm: Tickets include dinner made by Chef James Rigato with ingredients sourced from Bowers Farm, a wagon ride tour of the farm, games and activities. Proceeds benefit the farm which is an agriculture learning facility. 6 p.m. Aug. 24. $60. 1219 E. Square Lake, Bloomfield. (248) 649-6479 or (248) 698-2400.

Food Truck Rally at Southfield City Centre: Jacques’ Tacos, Eskimo Jacks, the Pita Post and more. 4-9 p.m. Aug. 27. 20300 Civic Drive, Southfield. www.cityofsouthfield.com.

Wine Tour: Package includes travel to Chateau Aeronautique Winery, Lone Oak Vineyard Estate and Sandhill Crane Vineyards, starting from Fieldstone Winery. Travel, tours, tastings, lunch and snacks are included in ticket price. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 11. $60. Reserve by Sept. 26. 223 S. Main, Rochester. (248) 891-6809.

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Stevie Michael is leaving WAB for the Toast Restaurant group. (Woodward Avenue Brewery)