As I mentioned in a previous post, I love our local craft beers ! Today let’s talk about a few of my favorites. Not really a review, just some ideas on what breweries to visit if you find yourself in the area and which brews you’d find in my man-cave.
I’ll start with the above image, inside of Brewery Vivant. French and Belgian inspired beers are their focus here, housed in and old funeral home and chapel. The European style food will blow your mind and warm your soul. Tip, Garlic Herb Escargot . . . trust me.
So many too mention. Some are seasonal but they have several on tap most of the time. My favorites are Big Red Coq ( right now you are making a joke and laughing out loud ) and Triomphe. Big Red is an American style red ale, smooth and tasty. Triomphe is Belgian style IPA, crisp, clean, hoppy.
Probably the best know brewery we have. They have mastered their craft and their beers can be found in fine libation stores around the country. The location is huge, fun, open seating, outdoor patio, live entertainment, and the sandwiches are bold.
On tap all the time and in stores, are six robust beers. My wife’s favorite is All Day IPA. This beer is our summertime beer, although we keep it in the house all year around. Coming in at ABV of 8.5%, is Dirty Bastard. Smoke and peat, with a malty richness and a right hook of hops, this beer is dark and will give you a good spanking. Head to Founders the next time you’re in town, or plan a trip to GR today.
Perrin, New Holland, Harmony, Schmohz, The Mitten, Elk are just a few of the other craft breweries in West Michigan. There are several micro breweries as well that rotate what’s on tap regularly and are always inventing and playing around with their craft.
We even have a beer map ! That’s right, a map you can find in most breweries, local stores and restaurants or the chamber. I posted it below. If you do plan to visit GR for the sole purpose of brewery hopping, I would consider booking a limo or party bus. We did this a few years ago with a group of friends. Six couples on a sweet party bus, stopping at the hot spots, grabbing dinner at one of the breweries and no worries on parking or who’s driving ! There are a few services to choose from but we used these guys Limo Grand Rapids, they’re affordable, clean and friendly rides. Book a hotel or bed and breakfast downtown and walk. A few aren’t too far apart, so if you want to walk off those beer calories, go for it !
I myself, have not been to all our craft breweries. Something that is an ongoing goal and welcomed journey. Come have a beer with me . . . that’s all for now.