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Eastern Market Brewing to purchase Axle Brewing
Axel Brewing Livernois Tap is located at 567 Livernois

The Ferndale taphouse and production facility

California brewery to acquire Rochester Mills
California's Two Roots Brewing Co. is acquiring Rochester Mills' production facility to meet the growing demand for their projects.

Two Roots Brewing Co. says it needs more capacity to meet the growing demand for its cannabis-infused drinks and other beverages

Stroh's launches locally brewed Detroit Lager
Stroh's Detroit Lager launches next week

Stroh's Bohemian-Style Pilsner, launched in 2016, also gets a new look

U.P. brewer Ore Dock to pour strawberry rhubarb sour brown

Marquette's Ore Dock Brewing will pour a strawberry rhubarb sour brown ale to kick off beer festival Saturday in Ypsilanti.

Fest newcomer Albion Malleable puts twist on saisons, sours

Albion Malleable Brewing Co. co-owner Ben Wade discusses the year-old brewery and it's lineup of beers.

MBG beer fest opens with tickets still available
Kyle Kipp, 41, of Ypsilanti, hands a sample cup and tokens to a beer festival attendee Friday. Kipp said he lives in the neighborhood volunteers every year.

The top’s been popped on the 22nd annual Michigan Brewers’ Guild Summer Beer Festival at Ypsilanti’s Riverside park with tickets still available.

Troy native is first Labatt USA brewmaster, mind behind Blue Citra
Labatt USA brewmaster Ryan Brady pours a Labatt Blue Citra at The Labatt Brew House in Buffalo, NY. Photo by Bill Wippert/PicSix Creative May 20, 2019

Troy native Ryan Brady, the first-ever brewmaster for Labatt USA, is directing the company's innovation efforts, and is the mind behind Blue Citra

Costs stir token, beer brewhaha ahead of fest
Scene from the frosty Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival in Comstock Park, in 2017

Some beers just cost more. That's why Winter Fest guests will spend more tokens for some tastes, and why at least one brewer will bring fewer brews

Bell's Oberon will be released March 25
Michigan summer beers such as Bell’s Oberon Ale are

The seasonal wheat beer is a local and regional favorite

Arbor Brewing releases 2 very different IPAs

Arbor Brewing has brought two new IPAs to market and, aside from containing hops, they couldn’t be more different: A NEIPA and a brut.

Atwater releases barrel-aged imperial stout

Atwater Brewing on Thursday released Barrel-Aged VJ Black, its first-ever barrel-aged imperial stout, based on its longtime stalwart porter.

Roak's got the holidays with cranberry gose

Roak Brewing is tasting two beers just coming to market: A French Toast Devil Dog stout, and Little Saint Nick, a cranberry gose.

10th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Fest this weekend
North Pier Brewing of Benton Harbor is one of 120 Michigan

Organized by the Michigan Brewers Guild, the party is Friday and Saturday

Fort Street Brewery attends its last beer festival
Ryan Walker, head brewer at Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park, hands out a beer at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti Saturday.

Fort Street Brewery has attended its last beer festival. It's closing its doors at the end of August, a victim of economics and highway construction.

5 things to try at Summer Beer Fest
Mark Rowe, of Watervliet's Arclight Brewing, pours one of their lambic ales at the Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti.

If you’re going to the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti today, here are five things you probably need to try.

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