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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.

Arbor shows adventurous side at Beer Fest
Jon Wagner, head brewer at Arbor Brewing Co., of Ann Arbor.

Arbor Brewing is among more than 1,100 breweries at the Michigan Brewers' Guild Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti today and Saturday.

Lincoln Park's Fort Street Brewery to close at the end of July
Fort Street Brewery in Lincoln Park will close at the

A limited menu of sandwiches and pizza will be served while the last of the beer is tapped

Griffin Claw Brewery and Buddy's Pizza team up for Bocce IPA
Buddy's Pizza and Griffin Claw Brewing have teamed

This is the second collaboration for the pizza chain and Birmingham-based brewery

Stroh's to release new IPA exclusively in Michigan
Stroh's to release new IPA Perseverance exclusively

Perseverance is a new session IPA from Stroh Brewing Co., and it’s only being sold in Michigan

Blake’s launches new cider, proceeds benefit LGBTQ rights organization
Proceeds from Blake’s Rainbow Seeker will fund a $40,000

Blake’s will donate $40,000 of proceeds from Rainbow Seeker will to the Human Rights Campaign

KBS week starts Monday in Detroit and Grand Rapids
KBS week is March 5-10

Winter is waning, spring is creeping in, and for beer lovers in Michigan, that means KBS Week is here

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