Brewery Vivant Grand Rapids, Michigan Taken from the French “bon vivant,” meaning “the good life,” Brewery Vivant is inspired by the Old World traditional brewing styles of Europe. More specifically the region of Wallonia in south Belgium. Expect to see a range of Farmhouse ales, saisons, and Belgians. Farm Hand is a house favorite, a… [Read More]
Feeding the Beast: Sampling Ohio Craft at Noble Beast Brewing Co.
Cleveland, Ohio: The cold chill of the lake effect weather hit me as I walked through downtown Cleveland. The frigid blast of wind penetrated every layer of clothing and sent a shiver through my body. Only a few miles from the Great Lakes I was eager to get inside and out of the exposure of… [Read More]
4 Breweries in the Queen City that Embody the Spirit of Cincinnati
The city of Cincinnati is home to rich history, a hip social scene and some of the best beer in the country. Below is a list of some of my favorite stops to take in all of these great aspects of the Queen City at one location. 1. Taft Ale House Just north of Washington… [Read More]
Church Bells, Sour Beer, and Funk: Hanging at Urban Artifact
Cincinnati, Ohio: I stood curbside and stared up at the massive stone structure of St. Patrick’s church. It’s steeple jutting skyward capped by a wooden cross looked ominous beneath a blanket of overcast clouds. Bypassing the steps to the front door I skirted to the side of the church, making my way down a short… [Read More]
Ghosts, Cornhole, and Brews: Celebrating Cincinnati Beer Revival at Rhinegeist
Cincinnati, Ohio: A light drizzle spit a mist of tiny droplets into my face as I exited the taxi and stepped out onto the sidewalk of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district. A neighborhood rich with the city’s history of beer. At the turn of the 19th century the area was home to over thirty breweries. Many of… [Read More]
Grown On Great Beer in the Queen City: A Celebration at Mad Tree Brewing Company
Cincinnati, Ohio: I had touched down in Cincinnati on an auspicious day. Since the moment I started conversing with my Uber driver, shuttling me downtown from the airport until I started making the rounds amongst local breweries, there was a buzz in the air. Today was the grand opening of Mad Tree’s new taproom. Getting… [Read More]
Exploring America One Beer at a Time: Road Trippin’ with 50 West Brewing Co.
Cincinnati, Ohio “Well check that out.” Quinten, my Uber driver said as we turned off of Route 50. Pulling up to 50 West Brewing Company Quinten had his eye on an old Volkswagen bus. Two toned, bright orange and white with the 50 West logo embossed on the side the bus was a welcome and… [Read More]
A Taste of Cincinnati History and Presidential Beer at Taft Ale House
Cincinnati, Ohio Straining on the banister railing I leaned over to peer where Ron was pointing his flashlight. “That there is Saint Paul.” Ron explained, “Its original, the building was built in the 1850’s and we never took it down.” Following the beam of light, there tucked behind the towering chrome tanks was a giant… [Read More]