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Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo among 'Best Small Cities for Beer-Lovers'

Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo among 'Best Small Cities for Beer-Lovers'

Two West Michigan communities have made the cut for “Best Small Cities for Beer-Lovers.”

Both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo made TravelNerd’s top ten list, based on their breweries, events and pubs.  

In Grand Rapids, TravelNerd highlighted Founders Brewing Company, rated one of the best breweries in the world by Rate Beer, Brewery Vivant, for traditional Belgian-made beer, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, which limits its landfill waste to 10 percent, The Hideout Brewing Company for its variety of beer, and Harmony Brewing Company for its pizza.

In Kalamazoo, TravelNerd focused on Bell’s Brewery, the largest and oldest craft brewery in the state, Arcadia Brewing Company and Olde Peninsula BrewPub.

Michigan and Colorado were the only two states to have two cities on the list. The rankings are limited to cities and towns with populations under 400,000.

Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor among Beer City USA poll leaders

Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor among Beer City USA poll leaders

Michigan started Craft Beer Week out with a bang with last week’s Beer City USA poll.

Grand Rapids, which tied for first place last year alongside Asheville, North Carolina,  took exclusive rights to the title this year, getting over twice as many votes as any other nominated city. Kalamazoo took second place, with Asheville slipping to third, cementing Michigan’s reputation as The Great Beer State.

New Kalamazoo brewery will focus on local food

New Kalamazoo brewery will focus on local food

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Battle Creek Enquirer)-- Arcadia Brewing Company released an update on the progress of construction for the Kalamazoo branch, which is scheduled to open in December.

Arcadia West, at 701 E. Michigan Ave. in Kalamazoo, will focus its menu on locally sourced food. They’ll serve the barbeque and smoked meats the brewery is known for, as well as experimenting with Middle Eastern and South American cuisine.

Food will be ordered at a counter, and beer specialists will be on hand to serve beverages and make recommendations. There will be indoor seating and an outdoor beer garden.

Kalamazoo advances to final round of Beer City USA voting

Kalamazoo advances to final round of Beer City USA voting

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo is in the running to be named Beer City USA 2013.

The home of Bell’s Brewery received 2,008 votes before the primary poll closed April 26.  Ann Arbor, which garnered 736 votes,   was the only other city to advance to earn 400 or more votes to advance to the final round.

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Sunday Vote!

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Sunday Vote!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products. If you don't know a product, you may want to search the products name in the search bar on the top of the page and check out a past Made in Michigan feature story that aired earlier.

Also, check our WZZM13 Facebook page starting March 25th for ways that you can win some Made in Michigan merchandise.

A new poll will be posted each day.

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Friday Vote!

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Friday Vote!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products. If you don't know a product, you may want to search the products name in the search bar on the top of the page and check out a past Made in Michigan feature story that aired earlier.

Also, check our WZZM13 Facebook page starting March 25th for ways that you can win some Made in Michigan merchandise.

A new poll will be posted each day.

Sign Of Spring - West Lake Drive-In Open!

Sign Of Spring - West Lake Drive-In Open!

Despite our cold temperatures, summer must be creeping closer. One sign is that West Lake Drive-In is now open.  It is an American-style food Drive-in located at 9138 Portage Road on West Lake in Portage. Until warmer weather arrives, it will only be open Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

And, if you want to spend a lot of time there, West Lake Drive-In is still hiring and looking for cooks. If you have previous experience as a cook/short order/prep cook, call (269) 327 -9580.