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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

Tickets to Summer Beer Festival on sale this week
New Holland Brewing's Liz Aker pours a beer during

Tickets to the Michigan Brewers Guild’s 2017 Summer Beer Festival go on sale this week

National Beer Day, Opening Day: A hoppy convergence
Batch Brewing Co. offers  a constantly evolving menu

Friday is National Beer Day and the day the Tigers play their first home game, taking on the Boston Red Sox. What to do? Drink beer.

Bell’s Oberon is released Monday
Bell's Oberon beer is stacked all over the warehouse

Bars across the Midwest host release parties for the beloved seasonal wheat ale

World of Beer opens in Woodhaven on March 27
World of Beer-Woodhaven houses a wide selection of

The tavern will open its doors with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

New Holland Brewing, Pabst mark final phase of partnership: national distribution
– On Wednesday, March 29, Brett VanderKamp, president

Partnership increases market share for New Holland’s award winning Dragon’s Milk year-round bourbon barrel stout

Fat Tire’s Tour de Fat brings party to Detroit
Skylar Grey will headline the Tour de Fat in Detroit

New Belgium Brewing’s “Fat Tire presents the Tour de Fat” is back for 18th season and this year party heads to Detroit

Founders’ 2017 KBS released in Michigan
Founders' Kentucky Breakfast Stout is now available

Starting this week, Founders Brewing Co.’s 2017 Kentucky Breakfast Stout is widely available in Michigan.

New Holland Brewing, Carhartt collaboration returns
The Carthartt Woodsman is a collaboration brew between

In 2014, Carhartt, America’s legendary work wear brand since 1889, and New Holland Brewing Co.

Atwater celebrates Whango release with party Wednesday
Softly sweet and tropically aromatic, Whango is an

Spring is in the air and Whango mango wheat fruit ale from Atwater Brewery is in the bottles

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