Expansions of Two Michigan Breweries

<div class=\"postavatar\">Expansions of Two Michigan Breweries </div>

Here are two expansion stories that were recently in the news. They would have been linked earlier but I have been working on my own expansion story that involve my vacation and waist-line. But that is not newsworthy. 

The first one is from annarbor.com. It tells of Arbor Brewing Company franchising into India and their expansion in Michigan plus the plans to turn their breweries into green energy showcases. Click here for a link to the story.

The second is from Michigan Construction News. It is about plans on a Bell’s expansion that should be completed in 2012. Click here for the link. Once again thank you Chris for sending me this link.

It is great to see Michigan breweries expanding and creating jobs.

Detroit Beer Week! (Oct 16-23)

<div class=\"postavatar\">Detroit Beer Week! (Oct 16-23)</div>

In only its second year in existence, the people over at Detroit Beer Week are making quite a buzz for, well, Detroit Beer Week. Established last year to hold events at local bars, restaurants, galleries during the week preceding the Eastern Market Fall beer Festival. This year, the organization has just recently released its events for the week of October 16-23. The events are listed below (thanks kalamabrew), and a link to their facebook page can be found here.

The Eastern Market Fall Beer Festival will take place on 10/23 from 1-6 pm (Michigan Brewers Guild Members can enter at noon). Over 40 breweries will be present with an expected 200+ beers to sample. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and can be purchased online, or at participating breweries throughout south east Michigan.

Oct. 16
Tap: Detroit
Time: 7 p.m.-midnight
Where: St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 East Congress St.
Details: Tasting stations from eight local restaurants with dishes created specifically to pair with Michigan-brewed beers, rare beer cellar tasting, Michigan Spirits Lounge. A portion of the nights proceeds will be donated to Pints for Prostates campaign.
Tickets: $35 (main event) and $55 (all-access).

Oct. 17
Whiskey and beer
Time: 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Ye Olde Tap Room, 14915 Charlevoix
More information: Take a look at the history of this Prohibition-era bar.

Oct. 18
Slows-Bar-BQ happy hour
Time: 3-7 p.m.
Where: Slows Bar-B-Que, 2138 Michigan Ave.

Oct. 19
Cliff Bells beer dinner featuring Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. and Dragonmead Microbrewery
Time: 9-11:30 p.m.
Where: Cliff Bells, 2030 Park Ave.
Cost: $30
Details: Four courses and beer pairings with brewers. Reservations are recommended.
More information: Call 313-961-2543.

Oct. 21
BIKE-toberfest: Detroit brewing, past and present
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Details: Detroit cycling beer enthusiast, Bil Lusa, will take you on a tour of Detroit’s historical and current breweries. Explore Traffic Jam & Snug, Motor City Brewing, historic brewery buildings of Eastern Market, Atwater Block Brewery and more. Bike rental available. Depart from Detroit Beer Co.
More information: Email Lusa at lusab@brewingnews.com.

Beer vs. wine cheese pairing
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Where: Motor City Wines, 608 Woodward Ave

New Holland Brewing night
Time: 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Grand Trunk Pub, 612 Woodward Ave.
Details: New Holland Brewing Co. takes over Grand Trunk.

Oct. 22
Foxtown/Park Ave. pub crawl
Time: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Various locations – Park Bar, Cliff Bells, Rub BBQ Pub, Hard Luck Lounge, State Bar, Hockeytown Cafe, The Town Pump Tavern, Centaur
Details: $10 wristband will get you drink and food specials and waive cover at each location. A Detroit Beer Week representative will be selling wristbands at each location.

Oct. 23
Detroit Fall Beer Festival

Official Detroit Fall Beer Festival after party
Time: 6 p.m. – midnight
Where: Atwater Block Brewery, 237 Joseph Campau St.

Oct. 24
Sunday “Bloody Mary” Sunday
Time: Noon – 4 p.m.
Where: 3rd Street Bar, 701 West Forest Ave.
Details: Bloody Mary bar, breakfast items

Michigan Beer Buzz expanding coverage!

<div class=\"postavatar\">Michigan Beer Buzz expanding coverage!</div>

This is a very exciting time for the state of Michigan’s craft beer industry. We are seeing new breweries opening, current breweries expanding, more craft beer events and continued expansion of Michigan beer distribution through the state and beyond.

Not only did Michigan breweries represent well at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, we also brought back 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. It’s awesome to hear friends from other states talk about how great Michigan beer is.

If you haven’t noticed already, we decided it was a good time to expand coverage. We pinpointed specific areas of the state that we feel could use a boost in coverage. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an area we really want to hear more from. Josh Marenger, from the Bay De Noc Brewers, homebrew club, will be representing the UP. Ann Arbor area has so many things going on, we invited friend and writer Patti Smith to join the Buzz. Detroit beer connoisseur (and unofficial professional snow boarder) Chris Holloway will be sharing news and reviews from his area.

We would still like to see more coverage from the West side of the state, as well as from the Traverse City area. If you live in those areas and like to write, please get in touch!

As always, stay tuned for news and updates on the greatest beer state in the country!

Michigan Brewing Company to buy Fenton Fire Hall

<div class=\"postavatar\">Michigan Brewing Company to buy Fenton Fire Hall</div>

Some new news about the coolest use for an old fire station since “Ghostbusters” or “Spencer: for Hire” involving Michigan Brewing Company and the old Fenton Fire Hall. The sale needs final approval not only from the Fenton DDA but also the city council. It doesn’t make me feel good that small town politicians are the equvalent of Zuul “The Gate Keeper”  but I hope Zuul lets “The Keymaster” in and they can start brewing.

Click here for the story. Thanks to Chris Nass for passing this story on to me.