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In early January 2015, somewhere between Michigan and Key West, I found Fermenta Michigan Women's Craft Collective. The main topic of conversation

Beer is a prominent component of my social and cerebral life. When I am not sharing beer with friends or debating topics about beer, I am reading about it.

For some reason it seemed fitting that the first beer of the year be a Breakfast Stout from Founders. Maybe it was because the Mitten Beer Quest was official...

Plan ahead.  If touring an area you are unfamiliar with, this is imperative as one brewery’s inaccurately posted hours or temporarily closed “renovations” can wreck your whole day. 

August 7, 2017Origins of a Beer Quest

At some point over a pint or two, I wondered aloud to my friend Mark if anyone had successfully completed the quest to visit every brewery in Michigan.  That...

During a recent conversation with a brewer/owner friend of mine, we discussed the finer points of establishing a mug club for his brewery. My dad finds humor in my...

December 4, 2016My Favorites: Beer Stores

I am so spoiled living in Hastings. For those who haven’t visited, Hastings is a little town almost smack dab in the middle of the triangle between Grand Rapids,...

I was introduced to the concept of ADOBSO by my dear friend and mentor Ronbo, Jedi Master, many years ago. def: ADOBSO acronym standing for Attention Deficit Oooooh Bright...

In my ‘pay the bills’ professional life I work as an in-patient internal medicine/cardiology nurse practitioner. I work night shifts four times a week and over the past year...

To quote Sheryl Crow: I like a good beer buzz early in the morning . . . And therein lies the rub. I am a night shifter.  As in...

Beer Name:  Saison du Buff   Brewer(s):  A collaboration between some heavy weights in the biz–Stone, Dogfish Head, Victory Style:  Saison Release Date:  March 2016 ABV:  6.8% IBUs:  TBA...

November 12, 2016Mitten Beer Girl

Beer was never a thing that I went looking for.  Nope.  Beer came to me. It appeared one day and now we just are. Twelve years ago, I moved...