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Bløm Meadworks planning Ann Arbor debut in 2018
Blom Meadworks is expect to open next year in Ann Arbor.

A new meadery is being planned for downtown Ann Arbor next year from one of the co-owners of Chicago's Begyle Brewing

Take a tour of Brew Detroit's production facility
Brew Detroit brewer Ken Belau moves a full keg of Stroh’s

The Corktown beer makers have started booking tours of the 68,000-square-foot facility

10 beers to seek after Detroit Fall Beer Festival
Roak Brewing's Flavorful Five, a summer release, continues

After the weekend's popular event, serious Michigan craft beer drinkers should look for these brews

Founders begins hiring process for Detroit taproom
This is an artist rendering of the new Founders taproom

Grand Rapids-based brewery will open a Detroit location this winter

Short's Brewing collaborates with metal master Speedcult
Short's Brewing Company's Speedcult Lager will be released

Short's Brewing Company will release Speedcult Black Lager Wednesday

Founders' Green Zebra gose released for Art Prize
Founders Brewing Co. debuted Green Zebra, a watermelon

Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing has released Green Zebra, a watermelon gose, as this year's ArtPrize beer. It's available in stores today.

Portland beer fest Saturday on historic bridge
A picture from the 2016 edition of Beerfest on the

Portland will play host Saturday to Beerfest on the Bridge, a 12-brewery event on one of the city's historic downtown bridges

Westborn, Atwater Brewery team up for exclusive release
Pursell Station Ale will be available Labor Day weekend.

Detroit’s Atwater Brewery is collaborating with Westborn Market to brew Pursell Station Ale, a private-label brew

Jolly Pumpkin, Bastone partnership debuts Tuesday in Royal Oak
A mix of Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak taps at the bar.

Two of the state's Belgian-influenced breweries teamed up to renovate Baston's Royal Oak restaurant at Fifth and Main.

Malt liquor at Beer Fest? Founders has it
Founders Brewing is pouring their new Barrel-Aged Series

This isn't your father's malt liquor. And it's coming soon to bottle shops near you.

Old Nation's M-43 inspires brewers at Summer Beer Festival
Mark Logusz, marketer for Old Nation Brewing, with

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Old Nation Brewing is floating in flattery.

Warm welcome for Ferndale's newest craft brewery
Ferndale's newest craft brewery, Urbanrest, opens its

A little rain didn't dampen the spirits of the craft beer lovers who turned out in droves Friday night

First look: Axle Brewing's Livernois Tap
People enjoy the soft opening at Axle Brewing Company's

After a soft opening this week, Livernois Tap Room will open its doors Saturday

Bigalora, Bacco owners buy Arbor Brewing Co.
Arbor Brewing Company.

Farm + Ferment plan to expand to expand the Arbor Brewing Co. brand, one of the oldest beer-makers in the state

Craft beer and comic books come together in Clawson
Craft Com is in downtown Clawson June 16-17

The first annual Craft Com will bring hops and capes together June 16-17 at an outdoor, family-friendly festival

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